In this episode, Tim Park, manager at Ōtari Native Botanic Gardens, speaking about how reintroducing the kaka beak plant into gardens in Wellington has brought the native kaka bird back from the brink of extinction.
This is a story of the mutualistic relationship between a bird and a plant, and it demonstrates a number of principles that can be widely applied within ex situ and in situ conservation.… Continue reading
MIFGS, a.k.a. the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, is back in 2022 after a 2 year hiatus. I was lucky enough to attend for each of the 5 days, where I networked, volunteered, and interviewed people doing interesting things in the gardening space.… Continue reading
Are eucalypts widow makers? Do they poison the soil? Do they destroy buildings? We’re celebrating #NationalEucalyptDay by busting some eucalypt myths with Dean Nicolle, a botanist, arborist and gum nut that manages the largest collection of eucalypt species in the world, at Currency Creek Arboretum.… Continue reading
That’s exactly what we’re talking about in this episode with Dr Meg Hirst and Georgia Warren, who are running an exciting program at the Royal Botanic Gardens of Victoria (RBGV) with participants from the public.
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We’re celebrating #NationalEucalyptDay by discussing the chemistry of eucalypts and their oils with Professor Ros Gleadow, a board member for Eucalypt Australia and Professor of Plant Sciences at Monash University.
This is the second episode in our four-part eucalypt series – look forward to next week’s episode with Dean Nicolle about eucalypt mythbusting.… Continue reading
How can we keep bees ethically and sustainably while harvesting their delicious honey?
In this episode, Cormac Farrell, head beekeeper at the Parliament of Australia, explains what bees do, how they do it, and how we as humans can responsibly use them as livestock to obtain a yield for ourselves.… Continue reading
All throughout March we’re dropping an episode every week to celebrate National Eucalypt Day with Eucalypt Australia!
We’re kicking this 4 part series off with an introduction to Eucalypts with Linda Baird, CEO of Eucalypt Australia. We had a wide-ranging chat covering topics such as their unique flower structures, their benefits for native wildlife, and the contended title for tallest flowering plant in the world.… Continue reading
So you’d like to start, or progress your horticultural career? This episode with John Sheely, head gardener at Warrnambool Botanic Gardens, is designed to give you some ideas about the different career pathways you can take in parks and gardens, production horticulture, agriculture, and a range of other sectors within the horticultural industry.… Continue reading