The luscious cover of the April issue shows a magnified image of a spider orchid (Caladenia caudata). The plant is a threatened species endemic to Tasmania. Much of its habitat has been lost through historical clearing. The photograph was taken by Deborah Wace, an artist and ecological activist, who has been inspired by the 18th-century naturalist, JJH Labillardière. Her article explains why. Wace will be a speaker at the Australian Garden History Society’s annual conference in Hobart in November. Registrations opened on 2 May.
Wace received support from the Nina Crone Writing Fund, which helps to bring new voices to Australian garden history.
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