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Australian Native Bulbs (Including Bulbous, Cormous and Tuberous Plants)Artist/Author: Kapitany, Attila
Most people are unaware that Australia has any native bulbs; even experts can often only cite one or two species. Yet here 8 exciting species are showcased in detail, with many more discussed. Some cultivation aspects covered. Most of these are very drought tolerant, so ideal in succulent plantings.
A little known fact is that the highly succulent storage organs of many of the plants in this publication were once major sources of food, water and medicine for the indigenous people of Australia.
Australian Grass Trees : Xanthorrhoea and KingiaArtist/Author: Kapitany, Attila, Neil Marriott.
This is one of Australia’s most iconic plant groups found across much of Australia, in stony, sand and poor soils. These plants are spectacular in the landscape and in garden designs, especially when mixed with other drought-hardy sun loving plants.
Few people are aware of the many different species, from miniatures to blue giants! Information on habitat and cultivation.
Thus Spoke The Plant: A Remarkable Journey of Groundbreaking Scientific Discoveries and Personal Encounters with PlantsArtist/Author: Gagliano, Monica
In this “phytobiography” – a collection of stories written in partnership with a plant – research scientist, Monica Gagliano, reveals the dynamic role plants play in genuine first-hand accounts from her research into plant communication and cognition. By transcending the view of plants as the objects of scientific materialism, Gagliano encourages us to rethink plants as people -beings with subjectivity, consciousness, and volition, and hence having the capacity for their own perspectives and voices. The book draws on up-close-and-personal encounters with the plants themselves, as well as plant shamans, indigenous elders, and mystics from around the world and integrates these experiences with an incredible research journey and the groundbreaking scientific discoveries that emerged from it. Gagliano has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers on how plants have a Pavlov-like response to stimuli and can learn, remember, and communicate to neighbouring plants. She has pioneered the brand new research field of plant bioacoustics, for the first time experimentally demonstrating that plants emit their own ‘voices’ and, moreover, detect and respond to the sounds of their environments. By demonstrating experimentally that learning is not the exclusive province of animals, Gagliano has reignited the discourse on plant subjectivity and ethical and legal standing. This is the story of how she made those discoveries and how the plants helped her along the way.
Kangaroo Grassland to Geelong Botanic Gardens and Eastern Park: A Chronological Pictorial HistoryArtist/Author: Rogers, Ian
This book follows the history of the Geelong Botanic Gardens from their pre-establishment. It follows 176 years of its history, to the present day and takes readers on a pictorial and chronological journey through time, starting with the designation of the park area in 1851 and showcases the amazing growth and expansion of this important resource. It is the fourth oldest botanic gardens in Australia and boasts a world-renowned plant collection. This beautifully presented book, meticulously researched, is an important reference work on the Gardens, their development and the entire area. It is one of a kind!
Ian Rogers is a horticulturalist and arborist and commenced working in the Gardens as a Curator in 1981 and continued on till his retirement in 2011. From the beginning he embarked on a mission to discover and record its history. This book has been 40 years in the making. Ian was responsible for the building of the new Raddenberry Fern Glade, the conifer gardens and started the first plants accession list to record all trees, shrubs and plants in the Gardens. In all, he has spent 30 years working with the City of Geelong and 50 years as a horticulturalist.
This book is an extremely important contribution to Australia’s history, giving a great insight into how the Gardens have grown and evolved over time. It is a significant resource and reference for future generations.
The Flower Hunter: Ellis RowanArtist/Author: Fullerton, Patricia
Ellis Rowan—painter, naturalist, writer and explorer—was an extraordinary woman for her era. Petite, plucky and always immaculately dressed, for almost 50 years she travelled to the remote parts of Australia, India, Europe, America and New Guinea in pursuit of exotic flowers and wildlife to paint. Over 3000 works testify to her prodigious output. For all her accolades however, Rowan’s reputation was contentious, even after her death. It is hoped that The Flower Hunter: Ellis Rowan will help establish her rightful place in Australian art. This catalogue was published for ‘The Flower Hunter: Ellis Rowan’ Exhibition held at the National Library of Australia from 24 October 2002 – 27 January 2003
The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great ConnectorsArtist/Author: Haskell, David George
David Haskell’s The Forest Unseen won acclaim for eloquent writing and deep engagement with the natural world. Now, he brings his powers of observation to the biological networks that surround all species, including humans.
Haskell repeatedly visits a dozen trees around the world, exploring the trees’ connections with webs of fungi, bacterial communities, cooperative and destructive animals and other plants. An Amazonian ceibo tree reveals the rich ecological turmoil of the tropical forest, along with threats from expanding oil fields. Thousands of miles away, the roots of a balsam fir in Canada survive in poor soil only with the help of fungal partners – in links that are nearly two billion years old.
By unearthing charcoal left by Ice Age humans and petrified redwoods in the Rocky Mountains, Haskell shows how the Earth’s climate has emerged from exchanges among trees, soil communities and the atmosphere. Now humans have transformed these networks, powering our societies with wood, tending some forests, but destroying others.
Through his exploration, Haskell shows that this networked view of life enriches our understanding of biology, human nature and ethics. When we listen to trees, nature’s great connectors, we learn how to inhabit the relationships that give life its source, substance and beauty.
Wetland Weeds: Causes, Cures and CompromisesArtist/Author: Romanowski, Nick
This comprehensive guide to wetland weeds covers both native and introduced species, ranging from minor or localised environmental problems to those that should not be tolerated in any situation. The author takes a pragmatic approach to weed control, recognising that some weeds may not be possible to eradicate, and emphasising the need to assess the extent and future potential of any infestation before taking action.
Weed control should be planned in the context of the overall management goals for any type of wetland, the types of habitat weeds provide or overrun, and whether they can be replaced successfully with more appropriate plants. A range of strategies for controlling wetland weeds are considered, from containment actions to prevent the development of a soil seed bank to physical removal, and biological approaches from biocontrol to shading, overplanting and use of turbidity. The widespread use of chemical controls is also discussed, with the warning that these are often only a short-term cure and can cause more harm to aquatic ecosystems than the weeds they are holding at bay.
More than 130 species of established weeds are included with information on their origins, nutrient responses, environmental effects, habitat values, prospects for containment or eradication, and even culinary uses. Other sections look at native plants as weeds, including a number of species of uncertain origins, and potential weeds still being legally sold through the aquarium and nursery trades.
Environmental Weeds: A Field Guide for SE AustraliaArtist/Author: Blood, Kate
OUT OF PRINT. WE HAVE COPIES AVAILABLE. This comprehensive field guide details over 175 environmental weeds in south-eastern Australia including emerging and potential weed species. Detailed descriptions in easy-to-understand language supported by excellent photography brings accurate weed identification within the reach of a broad range of users. Entries include weed shape and size, history and uses, taxonomic relationships, origin, weedy distribution, description, reproductive and growth characteristics and confusing look-alikes.
Environmental weed expert, Kate Blood, has drawn on the expertise of other professionals working in the area to compile the most up-to-date information on weed species and their distribution in south eastern Australia. Environmental Weeds: A Field Guide for SE Australia will be an invaluable tool for land use management specialists, farmers, amateur naturalists and anyone with an interest in managing and overcoming the huge problems caused by environmental weeds.
Name That Flower: The Identification of Flowering Plants (Third Edition)Artist/Author: Clarke, Ian, Helen Lee
Name That Flower is a valued source of clear and concise information on identifying flowering plants from around the world, both cultivated and in the wild.
This edition is updated to align with current systems of plant classification that incorporate advances in molecular DNA analysis. It includes more than 130 detailed line drawings, 64 colour pages and information on 46 plant families. The illustrations depict a selection of widely distributed gardens plants and weeds, and species native in eastern and southeastern Australia. Easily navigated, the book facilitates the successful use of standard identification manuals and online resources available in most parts of the world and introduces the reader to the arrangement of flowers on plants, reproduction, plant structure and function, and the way species are grouped and named. Methods for dissecting flowers and observing their structure for identification purposes are clearly described.
This bestseller is used extensively as a teaching text in numerous courses concerned with the natural world, such as agriculture, horticulture, botany, environmental management and landscape design, as well as botanical art. It is an essential reference for serious gardeners and keen botanists, professional and amateur.
Bringing Back the Bush: The Bradley Method of Bush RegenerationArtist/Author: Bradley, Joan
The Bradley sisters, Joan and Eileen, lived in the Sydney suburb of Mosman and were the originators of bush regeneration worldwide. The method of bush regeneration they developed became known as ‘the Bradley method’. It is a deceptively simple and adaptable approach to bush regeneration that is based on helping the bush to help itself. Its benefits are long lasting and it works for both small and large areas. Bringing Back the Bush outlines the basic principles and rules that underscore the Bradley method, and it provides the practical techniques required to put them into practice.
Botanical Revelation: European Encounters with Australian Plants Before DarwinArtist/Author: Mabberley, David J.
Acclaimed author David Mabberley provides a ground-breaking analysis of early European understanding of Australia’s flora.
Combining science, horticulture, art and economics, this lavishly illustrated book – with many neverbefore-published images – reveals the motives and complex networks that led to the international spread of knowledge and cultivation of hundreds of Australian plants in Europe in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
Based on the superb Peter Crossing Collection, Botanical Revelation documents a revolutionary phase in the understanding of Australia’s flora and science more generally.
A Naturalist’s Guide to the Trees of Sri LankaArtist/Author: de Silva Wijeyeratne, Gehan
A photographic identification guide to 125 tree species most commonly seen in Sri Lanka, perfect for resident and visitor alike. Over 350 high quality photographs from Sri Lanka’s top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include nomenclature, size, distribution and habitat. The user-friendly introduction covers geography and climate, the different habitats and tree structure.