Nigel enjoying some time off, looking around the Propagation Facility at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. Bromeliad area. Open day, Sunday 15 October, 2017. Photo taken by Liz

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Pot Lines

Stored plant pots at the Propagation Facility at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. Photos taken on Sun 15 October, 2017 (open day). Click to enlarge... I wish they were in my garden - nothing beats terracotta for nurturing young plants as the container breathes and has good drainage, although you may need to water more... Continue Reading →

Colourful Balloons At Petridish

Nigel has his Growplan office at Petridish, shared office space located at 8 Stafford Street, Dunedin, New Zealand. Today is Vogel Street Party 2017 and Petridish have added lots of bright balloons in Petridish colours to make their bright and colourful space look even more welcoming! The shared office space is open today to any... Continue Reading →

Sustainability Part II – Nature’s Rights

Does sustainability mean anything in a business context, or is it just another overused catchword like prefixing all pronouncements with 'Green'?  Our technical culture enables us to borrow from other times and places. This is often couched in weasel words; instead we should say what we mean and hold business and the state to the same... Continue Reading →

All Fragmentation is Loss

When we change nature (whether forest, pond, stream or meadow) by, for instance: Adding a persistent toxic chemical, e.g. a herbicide, arsenic from treated timber, asbestos from brake linings... Removing a species permanently Felling trees and/or opening the edge of a closed woodland, we harm it in ways that will not self-repair within a human... Continue Reading →

Ephemeral but beautiful, only flowering for a few days, so all the more worthwhile. White cherry blossom. Moray Place, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Garrya elliptica or Coast silk tassel at Milton, Otago, NZ; 21 Aug 2017. Native (endemic) to the coastal counties of California from Ventura County to southwestern Oregon. Winter flowering shrub or tree. The male plant is the most showy with long catkins.

What is Sustainability really?

It's an in-depth consideration of whatever you're doing; developing land, building a house, planting a garden..., and then proceeding so you can do it again and again without impacting the Earth. Many modern processes externalize effects and costs, moving them to other places and to the future. Starting with a place to think this through... Continue Reading →

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