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Australian Native Plants

Cultivation, Use in Landscaping and Propagation

John W. Wrigley  (1934- )

photography by Murray Fagg

illustrated by Murray Fagg



10.8×7.8in • 27.4×19.7cm

616 pages

fifth edition; over 580 colour photographs and more than 170 line drawings

index included

ISBNs: 1876334908 • 9781876334901

New Holland Australia • 2004

Australian Native Plants is an invaluable reference for selection of suitable plants for every area of Australia and it is essential for planning a garden, whether large, medium or small.  After 24 years in print (over 100,000 copies), this is the most comprehensive and up-to-date volume on the subject.  It is indispensable for anyone interested in growing native plants anywhere in Australia, whether they be home gardeners, landscapers or professional horticulturalists.

A wealth of information on over 3500 native plants, their properties, cultivation and propagation.  The plant entries are divided into chapters according to whether they are Groundcovers, Water Features, Shrubs, Trees, Climbers, Annuals & Bedding Plants.

John Wrigley started his professional career as an industrial chemist. He had a keen interest in the propagation and cultivation of Australian native plants and was involved in the establishment of the Society for Growing Australian Plants (SGAP) and the setting up of the Kuringai Wildflower Garden in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Appointed Curator of the Canberra Botanic Gardens (now Australian National Botanic Gardens) in 1967. Landscaped the Australian Pavilion at Expo'70 in Japan. Undertook extensive field collecting 1967-81.

Retired from the Australian National Botanic Gardens in 1981 and moved to Coffs Harbour, NSW, to undertake private horticultural consulting. He has also designed botanic gardens in Coffs Harbour, Mildura and Tamworth and a nature park at Port Macquarie.

Made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1983 for services to horticulture.

Published a landmark series of books, in collaboration with Murray Fagg, on the horticulture and general botany of the Australian flora, including Australian Native Plants - Propagation, cultivation and use in landscaping (1978, 1983, 1988, 1996, 2003); Banksias, Waratahs and Grevilleas (1989) and Bottlebrushes, Paperbarks and Tea Trees (1993).

Murray Allen Fagg had a keen interest in botany and Australian plants from an early age and worked at the State Herbarium of South Australia during his vacations while a student at Unley High School and Adelaide University.  Also had university vacation jobs at the herbaria at Alice Springs (1968-69) and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney (1969-70).

His first full-time job was with the Herbarium (CBG) of the Australian National Botanic Gardens (then called Canberra Botanic Gardens) from 1970, becoming Director of Visitor Services in the late 1980s.  He is also a member of the Executive of the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research and the Australian National Herbarium (a facility managed jointly by CSIRO and the Commonwealth Dept of the Environment and Heritage).

In 2000 he moved to the Botanical Information Group of the Australian National Botanic Gardens to manage the electronic dissemination of botanical information, the image/photograph collection, and the labeling of plants in the Gardens.  He manages the web site for the ANBG.

He has published a range of botanical-horticultural books in collaboration with John Wrigley, starting with Australian Native Plants in 1979, now in its fifth edition.  His line illustrations and photographs are used throughout these books.  He has also published directories of Australian botanic gardens.

He has an extensive private collection of about 30,000 photographs of Australian plants and vegetation which have been used extensively for both popular and scientific publications and interactive CDs.

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