Did you know that our Australian neighbours have one of the most prized nut producers as a native tree? Macadamia is a genus of four species, of which three are edible. The fourth is poisonous.
A backyard visit from a kereru is always a delight. It is remarkable that these placid vegetarians, with their ungainly ways and appetising appearance, remain a common sight in urban gardens.
After a decline in its natural habitat over the past few decades, the cowslip, Primula veris, is once again becoming a common sight in early spring.
Adding a structural plant to a perennial border adds great textural contrast. Repeating the planting throughout the border creates a defining design feature.
Flower buds on Edgeworthia chrysantha have been causing great anticipation at Dunedin Botanic Garden over the winter months. This specimen, in the Otaru Teien border by the duck pond, is flowering...
Scent engages the senses; it is commonplace to be lured by a flower's fragrance, but what about its foliage?
From the beginning of time we have depended on plants and trees not only for many of our raw materials and food but for the oxygen we breathe.
Until recently, Dunedin Botanic Garden aviary was the last in New Zealand to hold a yellow-tail cockatoo, an elderly male bird.
From tall, pencil-shaped trees to ground-hugging shrubs, junipers come in many shapes, sizes and colours.
Roses need to be pruned each year to encourage new growth.
Gardens can seem more alive in winter than at any other time of year.
The crested pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes) is an Australian native and quite a handsome one at that. Widespread throughout Australia, they are a common sight there.
Dunedin Botanic Garden has just released a new tree trail.
Winter is here and the past couple of months have been very busy with tidying-up tasks, including raking that seemingly never-ending supply of deciduous leaves falling from the trees.
Hungry birds have been feasting on the fruits of one of New Zealand's favourite native oddballs, the horoeka, or lancewood.
We associate the fiery colours of autumn with trees - Liquidambar, maple, rowan, poplar and ash to name but a few.
A very old-fashioned, but interesting fruit tree, Mespilus germanica is self-fertile so doesn't require cross pollination to fruit, which is great for the small garden. The fruit is a distinctive...
Sasanqua camellias are starting to flower in the lower botanic garden camellia collection. One of the few garden camellias to have fragrance, this group flowers through autumn and winter.
These energetic little bumble bee-coloured finches are a fantastic addition to the Dunedin Botanic Garden aviary collection.
Spring may be the prime time to visit the Rhododendron Dell at Dunedin Botanic Garden, but changing seasons bring their own rewards.