Issues

8. Poetry

As this month’s content theme is Poetry I considered writing this entire note in rhyme, for approximately 3 seconds. Then I remembered those unfortunate wishing-well poems at weddings. You know the ones…’If you would like to give us a gift, a cheque would give us a lift’ etcetera? I think I will steer this ship away from such things. Immediately. And anyway, since when has The Planthunter been literal?

Islands & Forests: A Poem

CultureLouisa Miranda is a poet from northern NSW. She believes believes …

The Dirt: Holly Austin

Gardens, PeopleHolly Austin is an actor, musician, writer, beat-boxer, and self-confessed hack gardener. Here is her story...

Haiku: The Instagram of the Poetry World?

Culture“Haikus confuse me Too often they make no sense Hand me the pliers” Bumper sticker…

Carolyn Barker: The Radish Alchemist

PeopleBy bridging the wonderful worlds of root vegetables and metalsmithing, radishes have finally managed to capture my…

Emily’s Herbarium

Botanica, CultureIn August 2013, Tavi Gevinson, the teenage editor of girl’s magazine Rookie, wrote about how keeping a journal…

Plant/Life: The Eckersleys

Gardens, PeopleThis garden in the Melbourne suburb of Surrey Hills is a real family affair. Owned by Ross…

Moments of the Sublime: The Flower Photography of Peter Whyte

Art & DesignThere is a strange irony in the human penchant for displaying cut flowers in the home –…

Nature’s Typography

CultureAustralian explorers in the 19th century were struck by a strange and esoteric graffiti scrawled in an…

The Planthunter’s Royal Botanic Poetry Trail

GardensThere is something very powerful about the way gardens and poetry affect us. In many ways, they encourage…

The Role of Metaphor in Chinese Gardens

Culture, Gardens“Rocks are just rocks. They’re not poetry. They’re not horses. That one doesn’t look like a rat,…

The Poetry of Plant Life

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

Gardening With Soul

PeopleThere is something very poetic about a gardening nun, don’t you think? Jess Feast, a documentary maker…