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Case Studies: Questions of Home, Plants and Power

Art & DesignAn art project by Felicity Jones and Mark Smith exploring the cultural and environmental impacts of the Wardian case.

Jeanne Baret’s Bougainvillea

Botanica, CultureThe unusual story of a ubiquitous plant.

Say My Name: On Speaking the Indigenous Names of Plants

CultureGeorgina Reid on what it might mean to speak the indigenous names of plants.

Battlefield Botanicals: Plant Use During War

BotanicaThe bloodstained history of plants as healers, harmers and sustenance in warfare.

Tulipomania: A Tale of Obsession, Greed and Flowers

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

The Lusty Origin Story of Perfume

CultureStick your nose into ancient stories of scent.

The Victorian Language of Flowers

CultureLearn the mysterious language of flowers with us!

The Gardens of Government House

GardensTake a tour of the gardens of Sydney's Government House with us!

Naming the Rose

Botanica, Culture“What’s in a name?” Shakespeare asked. Quite a lot actually, according to Lucy Munro's mother.

From Dunny Lane to Secret Garden

GardensFreya Latona has transformed an inner city dunny lane into a lush, leafy garden.

Jess Hood is a Gardener of the Mind

PeopleA wander through one of Australia's oldest native gardens with artist Jess Hood.

The Artist and the Botanical Collector

Art & Design, CulturePassion, plants and money ain't good bedfellows.

Life Lessons from a Frankincense Tree

Botanica, CultureThe exquisite scent of the desert is borne of hardship

Ellis Rowan: Plant Hunter

CultureA radical Australian plant hunter who broke all the rules.

Natural Desires: The Olmsted Brothers & the Greening of Seattle

Art & DesignAn exploration of the lasting legacy of landscape architects the Olmstead Brothers in greening the city of Seattle.

Sir Joseph Banks: Botanical Rock Star or Bastard?

Botanica, CultureWas Sir Joseph Banks a botanical rock star or a 'cantankerous old bastard'? You decide.

A History of Botanical Illustration

Botanica, CultureThe Amazon, a moonflower, and a .32 revolver. Botanical illustrators are so rock n roll.

Wormwood: The Goddess Herb

BotanicaNamed after the Greek goddess Artemis, the humble wormwood (Artemisia) is an enigmatic plant indeed, perhaps known best for its involvement in the famous psychotropic green liquid, absinthe....