Botanica

‘Botany, the science of the vegetable kingdom, is one of the most attractive, most useful, and most extensive departments of human knowledge. It is, above every other, the science of beauty.’ – Sir Joseph Paxton

Here you’ll find all sorts of juicy botanically inspired information. The more obscure and curious, the better. Think plant sex, history, zombie plants, plant profiles, plant mythology and more.

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The Lavender Project

Botanica, HarvestSally Wilson visits a lavender farm in the heart of cactus country.

Scratch-n-Sniff: Fragrant Plants For Your Garden

BotanicaLinda Ross on her favourite fragrant garden plants. And dill pickle scented scratch-n-sniff stickers.....

The Titan Arum: Blooming Psychedelic

BotanicaThe titan arum is the largest and stinkiest flower in the world!

Flower Colour & Scent: There’s a Link…

BotanicaGarden designer Michael McCoy ponders the unexplored link between flower colour and scent.

Saffron: The Priciest Spice

Art & Design, BotanicaDid you know saffron is more expensive than gold? Check out these stunning images (and a time-lapse video) by Peter Whyte of the most precious spice.

Wormwood: The Goddess Herb

BotanicaNamed after the Greek goddess Artemis, the humble wormwood (Artemisia) is an enigmatic plant indeed, perhaps known best for its involvement in the famous psychotropic green liquid, absinthe....

Plant Profile: The Fig

BotanicaFigs are beautifully designed fruits. This story explores their history and botany, and shares some tips on growing these luscious, lascivious delights.

Indian Tree Veneration: The Art of Valuing Trees

Botanica, CultureIs there a role for art and spirituality in challenging us to change the way we look at nature in the west? This article by David Whitworth explores this idea. It's a great read!

Marigolds & the Mexican Day of the Dead

Botanica, CultureA beautiful story by Sally Wilson about memory, marigolds, and the Mexican Day of the Dead.

$100 Million Dollars Worth of Plants

Botanica, CultureThe National Herbarium of NSW at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney is a veritable (and valuable) botanical treasure trove!

My Mum’s Garden is a Bee Hotel

BotanicaA wonderful story by Sally Wilson on her mum's passion for the blue banded bee.

An Orchid Obsession

BotanicaKatie Cartwright has a passion for orchids, often finding herself elbowing her way through the old folk at orchid shows to get to the best plants. This is serious!

Plant File: Turmeric

BotanicaA short guide to growing turmeric in your garden.

The Mallows We Weave

BotanicaOccasionally I get so obsessed with a family of plants that I stalk each member thoroughly, to…

Orchidelirium: The Sexual Prowess of Orchids

Botanica, Culture‘Orchid Sexual Deceit Provokes Ejaculation’, reads one headline as I dive headlong into the surprisingly well documented sex…

Plant Profile: Sexy Shiso

BotanicaShiso (Perilla frutescens) is a fragrant, summery plant with pretty red or green leaves and a bright,…

In Sex We’re All The Same

Botanica, CultureI have a wonderful book called Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener, by plant geneticist and horticulturist Joseph…

Walking The Larapinta

Botanica, CultureSprawling west from Alice Springs are the entrancing West MacDonnell Ranges. I recently spent a…