Issues

58. Obsession

“All extremes of feeling are allied with madness”, wrote Virginia Woolf in Orlando. She was onto something. We’re mad for plants here. We’re mad for stories and mad for this incredibly beautiful and mysterious world. This month we’ll be pushing our obsessive madness to its limits with tales of plant collectors, tulipomania, atomic gardening, healing and much more. If you want to keep up, you’ll need to run, or at least trot.

Women of Plants: Vivian Scarpari

PeopleViv is a horticulturalist, landscape designer and photographer with a penchant for prickly plants!

The Dirt: David Fripp and Blake Jolley

Gardens, PeopleCheck out THE BEST plant collection we've ever stumbled across!

Edible Garden Planning in Small Urban Spaces

HarvestLet Byron Smith from Urban Growers help you plan your city veggie patch this spring.

Women of Plants: Jane Rose Lloyd, the Strange Plant Lady

PeopleA chat with horticulturalist, rare plant hunter and plant obsessive, Jane Rose Lloyd.

A Small, Wild and Well Loved Suburban Garden

GardensVisit the Brisbane garden of ikebana enthusiast and botanist Carolyn Sandercoe.

River Garden Diaries: Composting jellyfish and other meanderings

GardensGrowing vegetables, composting, the garden as temple. Another rambling essay by Georgina Reid.

My Dad Bill, the Tree Planting Obsessive

CultureA story of a man, his spirit level and a tree museum.

Erin Lovell Verinder’s passion for plants that heal

PeopleErin Lovell Verinder is a plant-obsessed herbalist, nutritionist, energetic healer and wellness writer.

Plant/Life: Wildenstein

GardensWildenstein is a rambling 12-acre garden in the Blue Mountains town of Mount Wilson

Carlos Magdalena is the Plant Messiah

PeopleCarlos is a plant hunter, plant whisperer, plant pimp, plant protector and plant messiah.

Gamma Gardens: Atomic Plant Breeding

CultureLiberty Lawson explores the fascinating phenomena of post Cold War atomic gardening.

Plant Obsessives Unite!

BotanicaObsessive about plants? Join a plant society. There's one for every genus!

Tulipomania: A Tale of Obsession, Greed and Flowers

Botanica, CultureThat time when tulips were more expensive than houses.

Get a Rheum! Plant Hunting in the Himalayas

BotanicaGo hunting botanical oddities in Bhutan with Chris Brown!