Gardening with Indigenous Plants

What Indigenous plants do you have in your local area? Some Sheoak, Wattle, Lilly Pilly or maybe some Lemon Myrtle? 

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the uses of Indigenous plants a new booklet has been created by Zena Cumpston, a Barkandji woman and research fellow at the University of Melbourne. The ‘Indigenous Plant Use’ booklet blossomed after the University of Melbourne transformed ‘The Living Pavillion’ with 40,000 plants native to the area.  Author of this new booklet, Zena Cumpston, joined us on The Daily.


The following Sydney gardens were mentioned in the interview:

Yerrabingin, a community, Indigenous rooftop garden in Eveleigh.

Waraburra Nura, an Indigenous medicinal plant garden on level 6 of the University of Technology Sydney’s tower building.

Further resources can be found within the Indigenous Plant Use booklet.


Photo of Zena Cumpston in The Living Pavillion (credit: Sarah Fisher, the University of Melbourne)

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