We envision a resilient world dependent on the thoughtful cultivation of plants

Garden Traveling—at Home

Articles: Garden Traveling—at Home

Textural plantings include Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Marjorie Channon’, Cortaderia richardii, and Hebe. Photo: courtesy of Berger Partnership


For more information

Arboretum Foundation

University of Washington Botanic Garden
Washington Park Arboretum 

Berger Partnership[/sidebar]

Imagine: your face is smeared with blue war paint made from the pollen of Fuchsia excorticata as you grapple the razor-sharp leaves of the lancewood (Pseudopanax crassifolius) to harvest its purple fruit before hungry moas, towering flightless birds, can snatch their next meal from the Dr. Seuss-like trees. Welcome to a forest on New Zealand’s South Island.

As lancewoods outgrow the understory, they shift from toothed terrors to lollypops of fluff. Their leaves lose the thorns—there’s no need for armor once they are taller than the browsers—and change shape from narrow to broad, allowing them to absorb more life-giving sunlight. This adaptation, known as heteroblasty, is a common defense strategy among New Zealand trees. But hold on, we’re not in Otaga province but Washington state, moas are extinct, ...


Join now to access new headline articles, archives back to 1977, and so much more.

Enjoy this article for FREE:

Articles: Calochortophilia: A Californian’s Love Affair with a Genus by Katherine Renz

If you are already a member, please log in using the form below.



Social Media

Garden Futurist Podcast

Most Popular



Related Posts

Powered By MemberPress WooCommerce Plus Integration

Your free newsletter starts here!

Don’t want to see this pop-up? Members, log-in here.

Why do we ask for your zip code?

We do our best to make our educational content relevant for where you garden.

Why do we ask for your zip code?

We do our best to make our educational content relevant for where you garden.

The information you provide to Pacific Horticulture is NEVER sold, shared, or rented to others.

Pacific Horticulture generally sends only two newsletters per Month.