It’s December. The beginning of summer and the end of the year. It’s a time of bare feet, cicadas, mangos, and sunstroke. The Planthunter has taken a little sidestep away from our inaugural theme of Death, and wandered towards the light with this months theme of Celebration (hence the bad Kylie Minogue reference!). No, it is not a christmas issue. Well, not entirely. C’mon, that would be a little cliched!

To celebrate is to acknowledge, to gather, to honour, and to praise. The word is tied into the very core of this website – one of the primary aims of The Planthunter is to celebrate plants, and the varied ways we interact with them.

We are transfixed by the inexplicable beauty of plants; they way they adapt to their environment, the way they are portrayed through the eyes of humans, the way we collect, use, and share them. I could go on forever. But I won’t.

Not only are we celebrating plants this month, we are also celebrating the birth of The Planthunter. We are one month old! Which is pretty much middle aged in the digital world. It has been an amazing first month, beginning with our launch party and ending with a story in The Design Files. It has been a whirlwind, and I am extremely humbled by the support and encouragement we have received. Thankyou.

We have a wonderful collection of stories to share this month, including an interview with a cactus collector/retired carpet layer from western NSW, stunning landscape photography by Brooke Holme, a photo-essay of urban farms in Mumbai, a how-to guide to making wreaths out of foraged flora, a selection of illustrated Pablo Neruda poems, and plenty of other planty greatness.

Please join us as we dance towards the light. Health, joy and happiness to all!

Georgina x