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‘The universe is a continuous web. Touch it at any point and the whole web quivers.’ – Stanley Kunitz

Here, we explore the nuances of the relationship between humans and the natural world. We share provocative ideas and thoughtful opinions, and ask plenty of questions about what it means to be here, now.

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The Poetry of Plant Life

CultureFrom Epicurus’ garden school, to the grandeur of Versailles, to the crop of community gardens popping up…

Are Our Minds Broken?

CultureA meandering essay on the human/nature relationship.

Power: A Poetry Playlist

CultureSome biologists will tell you that the beautiful ecosystems plants create are really war zones, but this…

Power to the Flower

CultureIf flowers symbolise love, what does it mean to poke a carnation down the loaded barrel of a soldier’s gun?

The Battle for Supremacy: Plants vs. People

CultureA brilliant essay by artist and thinker Karina Jean Sharpe on the power struggle between people and plants.

Tree Planting Ceremonies

CultureLong before there was talk of ‘managing’ forests, humans relied on trees in almost every facet of…

Fermented Memories

CultureThe strongest memories are usually triggered by smell, a scent that sends you back in time.  But…

The Timbre of Timber

CultureI walked into James Robinson’s cramped workshop, one of a few businesses under a big grey apartment…

To Not Forget

Botanica, CultureA funny, sad, and beautiful story by Lucy Kaldor involving her mothers funeral, Eucalyptus macrocarpa, and artist Laura Jones.

The Nature of Scent

CultureMost of us have experienced that spine-tingling moment when, triggered by a passing scent carried on the…

Etched: Tattoos & Memory

CultureAs a child, I spent many hours watching the arms of my grandfather, studying the faded tattoos…

Seeds, Life & Weeds

CultureEarly last summer my cousin, while roaming the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, discovered a magnificent dandelion.

Memory & Place: A Path To Belonging

CultureMemory is a curious thing. An experience, a scent, a longing, a lament — it’s jasmine in…

Mnemonic Musings

CultureI don’t think I have a single memory not associated with a fragrance or scent of some…

The Bard & His Blooms

CultureLittle is known about William Shakespeare, the most famous writer of all time. Few records remain to…

No Patriotism in Exaggeration

CultureOn the second-last day of the 1888-1889 Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition a new photographic exhibit appeared in…

The Choirgirl Hotel

Botanica, CultureDive head first into the beautiful madness of the Choirgirl Hotel!

Boabs: Ancient Trees, Modern Needs

Botanica, CultureThe boab is the plant world’s most ardent multi-tasker. This native tree might tread the line between ugly…