Wonderground: A New Print Journal by The Planthunter
Wonderground is a biannual print journal based in Australia, seeding stories and ideas internationally. Issue 01 will set sail in early 2021 (February/March) and pre-orders will open in early December 2020.
Wonderground’s ever-curious tendrils reach far beyond the garden fence, intertwining questions of country and culture, people and place, politics and plants.
How can we better care for our planet and ourselves? What does it mean to be alive right now, as our world teeters on the edge of dramatic transformation? How can we – the gardeners, artists, designers, naturalists and storytellers – facilitate and encourage the transition towards a regenerative and connected culture. These are the questions that frame the Wonderground mission.
Now, as ever, the things that make us human matter. The stories that bind us to each other and the world around us matter. The ways we act, imagine, see and care matter. Wonderground exists to tell stories that matter.
Like The Planthunter, Wonderground is an enterprise grounded in doing good. This means sharing important stories, supporting contributors financially and professionally, and operating in way that is regenerative not extractive.
To this end, Wonderground will be printed on 100% recycled paper. This represents a vastly increased print cost. However, we cannot make a publication about care and growth and regeneration whilst cutting down trees to print it on. See more information on recycled paper below.
Look and Feel
We’re currently deep in design mode and are not ready to share the cover design just yet. Here are two things:
- Wonderground, like The Planthunter website and book, is designed by the brilliant Evi O studio
- Wonderground is not a magazine, it is not a book, but grows in the fertile soil somewhere in between. Its design is bold and elegant, surprising and timeless. It’s the sort of object you’ll want to hold, read, savour, keep
Each issue of Wonderground responds to one key idea, articulated and explored via essays, interviews with leading designers, artists and thinkers, garden visits, poetry, photo essays and opinion.
Issue 01 of Wonderground explores questions of transformation and change. We’re talking farming and family with Charles and Tanya Massy, digging into place with Dan Pearson, exploring the planthropocene with Natasha Myers, and plenty more. We’re making art, reading poetry, writing short fiction, imagining new ways of gardening, seeing, farming, teaching. Lots of thoughtful, hopeful, insightful stories to share.
Wonderground is one of many enterprises, large and small, committed to growth, change and care of our earth. We believe it is essential to connect with and support others who are doing work in this space.
In each issue we’ll partner with a not-for-profit organisation. We’ll feature their work within the publication, and use our digital and print platforms to champion their cause, raise their profile, and garner financial support for their work. We are very excited to announce Bush Heritage Australia as Wonderground’s Community Partner for Issue 01.
The Wonderground Community Partnership program is just the beginning. We have many ideas around community engagement and seeding connections and growth. However, our initial focus has to be on creating editorial and financial stability, in order to ensure we can contribute in ways that are both sustainable and impactful in the short and long term.
Wonderground HQ is Georgina Reid’s tiny studio on the banks of Deerubbin (the Hawkesbury River). At only five square meters, there’s room only for Georgina and a dog or two. This doesn’t, of course, mean she’s flying solo. Wondergound’s wings are kept flapping through the support of a circle of highly talented contributors and a committed editorial team. And Wondergound’s editorial advisory group comprises of some of the best brains in the business.
- Tamryn Bennett – poet and artistic director of Red Room Poetry
- Trisha Dixon – writer and photographer
- David Godshall – landscape architect and director of Terremoto, USA
- Janet Laurence – artist
- Adam Simpson – lawyer, gardener and director of Simpsons Lawyers
Some notes on recycled paper
Paper recycling saves forests. Not only because it reduces the amount of trees cut down to make paper, but because it reduces the demand to convert existing forests and ecologically sensitive landscapes into tree plantations. Less pressure on tree plantations means trees harvested can be produced in ways that are less impactful on the environment. This has flow on effects on all ecosystem services – water, habitat, biodiversity.
Every tonne of recycled fibre that displaces a tonne of virgin fibre results in the following reductions in usage:
- Wood: 100%
- Total energy consumption: 27%
- Wastewater: 33%
- Air particulate emissions: 28%
Source: Bajpai, Pratima, Recycling and deinking of Recovered Paper, Elsevier, 2013