Issues

1. Death

We decided on the topic of death as the theme for the first month of The Planthunter for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s not birth. That was way too obvious. Secondly, because it is such an interesting topic. Plants, in many ways, illustrate the circle of life and death with such elegance and matter-of-factness.

The Beauty of Passing Form

Art & DesignI wanted to capture the death throes of plant life through the lens of a camera. Photos…

Fractured Flora

Art & DesignAnna Thomas has been playing with liquid nitrogen since she was a child. Her father is a…

36 Edward Street

Culture, GardensA personal story of loss, grief and growth in the garden.

The Last Supper

HarvestFor me, one of the saddest things about death is no longer being able to eat, to…

How To Kill Plants

How-ToNot everyone is interested in hunting plants because they love them. Some may be interested in hunting…

Pretty Girls Make Good Fertilizer

CultureWriter Lucy Kaldor explores the growing (ha!) green burial movement.

Composting Possums

BotanicaApparently there are many non-compostable materials in the world. I have been told by a number of…

Doctor Lisa Cooper

PeopleI keep hearing of this Doctor Lisa Cooper character. She is an artist, a doctor of philosophy,…

Designing For Death

GardensDutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf designs for all seasons, embracing winter ‘garden death’ with enthusiasm usually reserved…

The Fire at Wallaby Creek

BotanicaFebruary the 7th, 2009. Black Saturday. 173 people were killed, over 2000 homes destroyed, and around 450…