#2 PlantsInterview

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There are plenty of websites about plants, yet there is no other like The Planthunter. It weaves a rich story of connection and respect between humans, culture, plants and environment. It draws equally from culture and horticulture, from art and science, from beauty and botany. Founder Georgina Reid loves to tell us all about the ties that bind her to our leafy friends_______.

The Planthunter

Quirky Plant Magazine
by founder Georgina Reid.
Based in Australia.
21,2 k Followers on Instagram.
Dirt loving Georgina also writes for The Design Files and Belle Magazine.
In plants she sees beauty in its purest expression.

Saving weeds

Georgina: “Plants have been in my life for as long as I can remember. As a child I used to follow my mum around the garden – helping her in the vegetable patch, pulling up weeds in our flower garden, composting, etcetera. I even started my own weed garden once – I was so sad about having to pull them out of the garden beds that my brother and I decided to re-plant them in their own special garden bed. Mum wasn’t very impressed!”

Spotty Dotty

Georgina: “Plants remind me of my mother. We share a love of all things green and are both trained horticulturalists. But I guess if I were to narrow it down, it would be a gum tree, Eucalyptus ‘Little Spotty’. It’s a dwarf form of the iconic Australian gum tree and mum grows it in her garden. Like the tree, she is quite short and some of her friends call her ‘Spotty Dotty’ as her middle name (which she despises!) is Dorothy. Every time I hear of that plant it makes me giggle a bit and reminds me of her.”

Looking at those fresh green leaves eases the mind

‘Near a rambling old hotel in Tuscany the hills were covered in olive groves and wild fig trees. The figs were fruiting and I met this lovely Scottish boy...’

Amazing green

Georgina: “My absolute favourite plant store is Loose Leaf in Melbourne (even though I live in Sydney). Charlie and Wona are just the loveliest pair of green thumbs about and they have really changed the way people look at and use indoor plants in Melbourne. Their space is seriously amazing too. They are the real deal!”

Fig romance

Georgina: “One of my most romantic plant memories involves figs. I was on holidays a few years ago, and had just broken up with a long-term boyfriend. I was travelling around Italy and happened to meet a Scottish boy by the pool at a rambling old hotel in Tuscany. The hills were covered in olive groves and wild fig trees, and the figs were fruiting. I ate a lot of figs that week. And, well, I think I’ll leave the rest up to your imagination.”

Pond of bliss

Georgina: “Plants make me cry quite often! When I see a tree being cut down I want to cry (and I often do). But one memory that sticks out is when I visited Monet’s garden a few years ago. I wasn’t prepared for the overwhelming beauty of the water lily pond and was completely taken aback by it. It was just so incredibly beautiful. I stood there looking at the pond with tears streaming down my face. It was one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen.”

Life seems so much easier after a peacefull stroll in a beautiful garden.

Plant quest

Georgina: “Without plants, there would be no human life. There are few things in this world that I believe to be facts, but that is most certainly one of them. We need plants for our continued survival as a species. Their importance is immense yet all too often we forget to see them - lacking to understand the inextricable links between their life and ours. This is one of the reasons why I started The Planthunter – to explore and celebrate these connections in the hope that more people will take plants and their importance seriously.”

Parsley dish

Georgina: “My favourite edible plant is Parsley. It’s tasty, versatile and lifts every dish and super easy to grow. One of my favourite Sunday evening meals is spaghetti with chilli, garlic, olive oil and parsley. Cook spaghetti until al dente. Heat a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil in a pan, toss in a couple of cloves of crushed garlic and chilli flakes, sautee for a minute or so, then throw in spaghetti and a big handful of finely chopped parsley. Season with salt and pepper, and top with finely grated parmesan. Yum!”

Calendula sorrow

Georgina: “Calendulas symbolize a sad moment in my life. My grandmother passed away a few years ago. She was a great gardener and a huge inspiration to me. A few months after her death we visited her house. It was spring and the garden had gone wild without her. The cherry trees were in full blossom, and the calendulas were popping up in the cracks in the pathway – it was just so full of life. And she wasn’t there. I cried – not only with the grief of losing her but also with wonder – nature will always grow, evolve, flower, regardless of our short human lifetimes, our constraints and ideas of control. I find this to be a very humbling thought. Now, every time I see Calendulas I remember my grandmother.”

Understanding

Georgina: “The best trick to keep your plants fresh and green is to understand your plant! Like people, all plants are different – each has their own needs and requirements for good health. Learn about your plant - understand how much sun, water, fertilizer, and fresh air it needs, and then give it to them. Once you understand your plant you will know the exact place to put it! For example, cactus plants like full sun and not much water. Growing one in a shady corner of your bedroom and watering it every day will make it very sad. But once you learn about cactus plants and what they need to survive you will (hopefully) move it to a hot and sunny balcony, and only water it occasionally, and it will be happy_______!”

A selection from Georgina Reid’s timeline, @theplanthunter