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A Banksia Album:  Two Hundred Years of Botanical Illustration

Alex George

With their bold flowering and fruiting spikes, banksias remain a favourite among artists and gardeners alike. A Banksia Album features over 90 stunning full-colour reproductions of watercolours, pencil and sepia-wash drawings, colour prints and early hand-coloured engravings and lithographs of banksias from the National Library of Australia’s collections. A Banksia Album covers over two centuries of botanical illustration, from 1770 when the Endeavour’s artist, Sydney Parkinson, was the first European to make drawings of banksias at Botany Bay, to 2007 with two prints of Banksia rosserae by Celia Rosser.

From Seeds to Leaves is a comprehensive guide to planting Australian native trees and shrubs on a small or large scale. It highlights the need to combat climate change in Australia by creating a network of vegetation corridors that will allow native plants and animals to migrate, adapt and survive in our rapidly changing world.

The book describes how to: collect your own fruits and nuts; extract, store and germinate the seeds in the right way and in the best season; use smoke to germinate seed normally difficult to grow; and plant out, water, mulch, protect, fertilise and prune your plants for best results.

As well, it includes sections on botanical names and identifying plants by flower and seed, and an ABC of information about Australian species. Procedures are set out in easy table form and there are lists of plants for a variety of special purposes.


Here is a definitive field guide covering more than 500 fungi species with 548 superb colour photographs. All fungi photographed in their natural environment – many for the first time with information on fungal biology, ecology, classification, distribution, roles of fungi in nature, and spore prints.

Descriptions cover size, range, shape, habitat information as well as spore print colour, spore descriptions and a pictorial guide to groups.

A Field Guide to Australian Fungi is the culmination of many decades of field work and study and is the most comprehensive photographic field guide on Australian fungi yet published.


Field Guide to Australian Wildflowers is an essential companion that provides detailed information and quality photographs, which enable quick and easy identification, and will appeal to anyone who wishes to identify Australian wildflowers in their native habitats, parks or gardens. This guide provides easy identification of over 1,000 of the most common species, encompassing a high proportion of those most likely to be seen in the field.


Attracting Birds to your Garden in Australia is a practical and informative guide to attracting birds to your garden and encouraging them to take up residence. Book includes:


This book is not intended as a scholarly work or the definitive text on all native Victorian plant life. It taps more so into our fascination and curiosity for that ‘evergreen’ subject - what occurs in nature, how planting cycles wax and wane, the profusion of colour and scent in the warmer seasons to be followed by how plants survive in the colder weather.

The Victorian climate and environs provides ideal conditions for a profusion of wildflowers and native plants which do not occur naturally anywhere else in the world. When judged by European standards, the soil quality is poor and lacking in essential nutrients, and the depth of the soil is rather shallow in some places and yet with these drawbacks, the luxuriant vegetation must surely qualify as one of the hardiest in the world.

For some time there has been a move towards the planting of native gardens in urban settings. And this kind of movement requires the gardener to have accessible information on plant varieties, when to plant them and when their flowering times are as well as how tall the adult plants will grow. ‘

Pescott’s definitive classic makes for entertaining and informative reading. There are in excess of 100 of Ken Stepwell’s colour photographs, all captioned, and a comprehensive index of plants providing data and identification for these native plant species.

Victoria has over 360 species of terrestrial orchids. This guide presents all of Victoria's wild orchids, in over 1,400 photographs. A descriptive text is provided for each species that, when used with the photographs, should enable the user to confidently identify orchids encountered in the field in Victoria.


Most Australian grasses are as spectacularly beautiful as the finest the rest of the world has to offer, while naturally being better adapted to the varied Australian climates. This book describes around 200 species of grasses, sedges, rushes, grasstrees and related plants, and is illustrated with photographs taken in rainforests, wetlands, mallee scrub, and gardens from around the country.


If you're a gardener who buys everything from the standard and limited nursery range, then you are missing out on one of the most satisfying of all human endeavours ? propagating your own plants. Let's Propagate is for anyone interested in hands-on propagation in Australia, either professionally or in the home garden.

The book is a marvellous gardening companion for suburban gardeners who crave a creative element amidst the weeding, mowing and pruning; gardeners who are frustrated after trying to adapt imported and inappropriate information to local conditions; gardeners in search of Australian varietals; recreational gardeners and professional propagators alike who wish to be abreast of new techniques and research to stimulate germination in many difficult-to-propagate Australian plants; those who wish to expand the range of plants currently available to them; and anyone who wishes to experience the joy of fostering and nurturing new life.

Gardening media personality and avid propagator, Angus Stewart, takes us from the first principles to the latest sophisticated techniques. His infectious passion for his subject will make you yearn to get out there to create landscapes and gardens, grow trees, or perhaps help revive endangered species.


A complete, practical guide to growing Australian natives covering everything from propagation and landscaping to how to choose suitable plants and deal with specific problems.

What shrub is that? This is a question all garden lovers are bound to ask when they first set eyes on a magnificent but unfamiliar specimen. It is a question this book can surely answer - for it contains over 1250 of the most useful and admired garden shrubs from all over the world, illustrated with big, full-colour photographs.

Stirling Macoboy's What Shrub Is That is not just an identification aid, it is a complete garden guide!


The most comprehensive pictorial record of native species that will thrive in the Australin Home Garden. With over 900 species, fully illustrated in colour, including an up to date guide on where to find plants.


Out of the thousands of Australian plants worthy of garden space, here are the top 500, as edited and selected by Angus Stewart. These are the tried and tested, the popular cultivars, the ones that won't turn up their heels and die on you - and are available commercially. Over the last few decades, the native plants that had been looked on by generations of Australian gardeners as inferior and drab are now being viewed in a different light. Many gardeners now see the opportunity to introduce a sense of place to their landscape to link it with the indigenous landscape. Improved cultivars, a better palette of plants to use in garden design, and a new-found pride in the classic shapes, forms and textures of many of the wild species of Banksias, Grevilleas, Gum Trees and Wattles have opened the eyes of many gardeners.


Mistletoes are an enigmatic group of plants. Lacking roots and depending on other plants for their livelihood, they have inspired a range of beliefs throughout the world. Some people regard them as mystical plants endowed with magical properties, others as destructive weeds that devalue native habitats, and still others as beautiful native plants that support wildlife.

This book represents the first thorough treatment of mistletoes in Australia. It summarises their evolutionary origin and global distribution, highlighting diversity patterns in Australasia, and describes the ecology and life history of mistletoes, detailing the variety of animals that depend on them for food and shelter. The book discusses the cultural significance of mistletoes, compares imported European beliefs with home-grown Indigenous lore and looks at the role of mistletoe in contemporary art, design and medicine. It also explores the management of mistletoes, noting those situations where mistletoe becomes too abundant and offering practical solutions to achieve a more balanced outcome. Finally, there is a guide to identifying mistletoes, including detailed species accounts for all 46 species found in southern Australia.


Australian Gardens for a Changing Climate guides today's gardener through these new challenges, including appropriate plant selection, soil improvement, the value of mulch and groundcovers, creating beneficial microclimates, and the methods of capturing and utilising water. In addition it features twenty-five inspiring dry-climate gardens from around the country - everything from stylish city courtyards and windswept seaside gardens, to groves of hardy natives, living tapestries of succulents, and country gardens that merge with the landscape.