Saturday, July 20, 2024

Environment and Sustainability

Adding in greenery to a conventional pergola adds another level of shade coverage (Image: Michael Casey)
Environment and Sustainability

Shade and tree coverage, critical amid rising urban heat

By Michael Casey

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) confirmed 2023 was the warmest year on record. The annual average global temperature in 2023 was close to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, a significant benchmark set by the Paris Agreement to limit long-term temperature increases.Continue reading

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Planting out in the mid 1980’s at Melbourne Zoo Main Drive (Image: Zoos Victoria)
Environment and Sustainability

From cultivating cineraria’s to cultivating conservation

By John Arnott 

At time of writing, I am a few weeks off ‘hanging up the boots’ at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, entering a ‘retirement phase’ of a gardening career that has straddled five decades of public gardens horticulture. Over this period, I have witnessed numerous trends come and go, and thought it would be fun to quickly reflect on a few of these in this article.Continue reading

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