Lack of education, an ongoing threat to the green wall industry

Retrofitted grow lights were not enough to save this heavily shaded green wall that no longer exists

By Dan Austin

Over the last twenty years, green architecture has moved ahead in leaps and bounds but it hasn’t been a smooth journey, especially in the case of green walls.

At the dawn of the century, green walls were little more than a curiosity in Australia but as the decade of the noughties rolled on, significant investment started to allow for green walls in both new builds and existing architecture.… Continue reading

Post-COVID: A Green Star on the horizon for interior plantscapes

Green Star ratings provide opportunities for interior plantscapers

By Gabrielle Stannus

With the recent spate of COVID-19 lockdowns and stay-at-home orders coming to an end, employers are seeking to attract their staff back to the workplace. Johan Hodgson from Ambius Australia says that the Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star rating tool, provides a useful selling point for interior plantscapers seeking to communicate the benefits of indoor plants to developers, architects and other businesses.Continue reading

Light rail turf test on track

Green track Cumberland, Parramatta Light Rail

By Sandra Godwin

Two TurfBreed varieties are being tested to see which is most suitable for use in sections of green track in the Parramatta Light Rail project.

The landscaped green track, a first for New South Wales (NSW), is expected to become a key attraction in three places: the Cumberland Hospital heritage precinct, Robin Thomas Reserve and Tramway Avenue.… Continue reading

Bush tucker: The ultimate ‘home grown’

Warrigal Greens, an edible succulent common to coastal areas of southern Austral-ia, has made it to our plates at home and in high-end restaurants

By John Fitzsimmons

Driven by rising acknowledgement and regard for indigenous knowledge, environmental concerns, and the ever-present search for new taste sensations and culinary experiences, broad interest in ‘bush tucker’ has never been higher. What’s interesting is many edible indigenous or wild plants have been right under our noses all along.Continue reading

Aussie bush foods for biodiversity and conservation

By Bruce Thompson

I remember reading Tim Low’s book “Wild Food Plants of Australia” as though gaining entry to a secret society of horticulturists. In those pages, my name was invisibly written, granted entry to that forbidden library of arcane knowledge where edible Aussie plants and fruits were celebrated again after languishing unnoticed for decades, despite the tens of thousands of years they provided sustenance to First Nations people.Continue reading

A global collection of Gondwanan flora in Tasmania

Aerial view of the property showing the location of the Inala Jurassic Garden Inala (Image: Inala-B Moriarty)

By Dr Tonia Cochran

The Inala Jurassic Garden is a privately-owned botanic garden located on South Bruny Island, south-eastern Tasmania. Its relatively remote location, on an ‘island off an island off an island’, is rather a fitting place for a garden which features living plant families whose ancestors thrived on the ancient Gondwana supercontinent before it split to form today’s southern land masses – quite the Jurassic Park, with its plant equivalent of dinosaurs that are still with us today.Continue reading