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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.
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
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.
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.
Mountain Ash: Fire, Logging and the Future of Victoria’s Giant ForestsArtist/Author: Lindenmayer, David, David Blair, Lachlan McBurney, Sam Banks
Mountain Ash draws together exciting new findings on the effects of fire and on post-fire ecological dynamics following the 2009 wildfires in the Mountain Ash forests of the Central Highlands of Victoria. The book integrates data on forests, carbon, fire dynamics and other factors, building on 6 years of high-quality, multi-faceted research coupled with 25 years of pre-fire insights.
Topics include: the unexpected effects of fires of varying severity on populations of large old trees and their implications for the dynamics of forest ecosystems; relationships between forest structure, condition and age and their impacts on fire severity; relationships between logging and fire severity; the unexpectedly low level of carbon stock losses from burned forests, including those burned at very high severity; impacts of fire at the site and landscape levels on arboreal marsupials; persistence of small mammals and birds on burned sites, including areas subject to high-severity fire, and its implications for understanding how species in this group exhibit post-fire recovery patterns.
With spectacular images of the post-fire environment, Mountain Ash will be an important reference for scientists and students with interests in biodiversity, forests and fire.
Cooking with the Oldest Foods on Earth: Australian Native Foods: Recipes and SourcesArtist/Author: Newton, John
Native produce business is booming and it’s about to enter a new phase — Australian native ingredients are beginning to turn up in growers’ markets and even local supermarkets. From Warrigal greens and saltbush, to kangaroo and yabbies — John Newton will inspire you to grab some and take it home.
This short companion book to the award-winning The Oldest Foods on Earth shows you how to cook with Australian ingredients, where to find them and how to grow them. Organised by ingredient, each chapter includes a brief history, a practical guide, and recipes for you to make in your very own kitchen. It promises to broaden Australians’ culinary horizons in every way.
‘This book is full of the information about Australian foods that your country refused to teach you. Here’s your chance to fully appreciate your homeland.’ — Bruce Pascoe
Flowering Plants of Lower Eyre Peninsula: An Illustrated Tour of the Native FloraArtist/Author: Saunders, Brian
Illustration of over 300 species of native plants of Lower Eyre Peninsula including tall trees, carnivorous plants, edible fruits, numerous orchids and a variety of adaptations facilitating pollination, seed dispersal, and regeneration after fire. Threats to, and conservation of, the native flora are discussed. The best places to view and appreciate the plants are included.
Broadleaf Weed Seedlings of Temperate Crops and Pastures: A Field GuideArtist/Author: Dellow, J J
This is a ‘must have’ field guide for farmers, graziers, extension officers, consultants and students who are trying to identify broadleaf weeds at the early seedling stage.
The guide includes descriptions of:
- 95 broadleaf plant species, focusing on the weeds of the temperate zone of Australia;
- 86 weeds;
- the broadleaf crops canola and safflower, and a broadleaf forage crop;
- six legume pasture species, including lucerne, white clover and subterranean clover.
The guide also includes a detailed colour photo and a short description pointing out the features unique to each species, making it easy to identify the seedlings while at their most susceptible stage for control. Cross-references are included for look-alike species.
For ease of identification, the plants in the field guide are arranged according to cotyledon shape, that is, the shape of the seed leaf – in the early seedling stage it is important to recognise the difference between the cotyledon and the true leaves. Diagrams showing the plant parts and the different shapes of leaves, cotyledons, apexes, bases and margins will help the user to correctly identify species.