Meet the personalities behind the most amazing gardens, businesses and ideas in the world of botany.

Flavours From My Italian Kitchen Garden: Bri DiMattina

Recipe developer and gardener Bri DiMattina’s book, Nostrana, sets out to rekindle the joy of the home garden and kitchen. Nostrana means homegrown, ours; growing food with the intent of sharing it with others.

In this interview Bri shares her keys to starting and enjoying the edible garden journey —

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How to: Create a Thriving Edible Backyard — Kath Irvine

Kath Irvine is a renowned organic gardening and permaculture expert and author. Through her writing and consults, she helps people create productive, beautiful and, most of all, easy gardens. 

In this interview, Kath shares her gardening wisdom, including the importance of starting small, slowing down, taking notice and following your intuition.

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Zoë Field’s flower-filled life | Field of Roses

Zoë Field of Field of Roses runs a flower farm and floral design studio with her mother, Sue Field, just outside of Gisborne, New Zealand. Inspired by her flower-filled life, Zoë has released her debut book that celebrates the joy and beauty of flowers throughout the seasons.

Read an excerpt from the book: Lost & Found and learn about Zoë’s life as a flower farmer and florist —

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Easy, Every Day Recipes — by Emma Galloway

According to recipe developer and blogger, Emma Galloway, everyday food should be quick and easy, using readily available ingredients and simple techniques. Emma’s latest cookbook, Every Day, contains a range delicious and adaptable gluten-free and vegetarian recipes including nourishing breakfasts, snacks, baking, easy weeknight meals and desserts.

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Reweaving Plants & People — Liv Worsnop

Liv Worsnop is a Hawke’s Bay born artist and passionate environmentalist. She found her way into the realm of environmentalism through her art studies and opportunities that arose during the Christchurch Earthquake recovery. Back in Hawke’s Bay now, Liv relishes gardening on her family’s property in the Tuki Tuki Valley.

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From Soil to Spoil — Easthope Family Winegrowers

Harvesting your own grapes is an enticing prospect, as a multitude of growers in the Bay will endorse. Rod and Emma Easthope have been entwined with grape growing and winemaking since they were children. So they should know. Their story is one of respect for the land, their craft and family life.

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Slow Growing — Katie McHardy

Katie McHardy is on a journey to educate herself and others about the Slow Flower Movement – encouraging people to support the local economy by buying seasonal and locally grown flowers. Having recently returned to Hawke’s Bay she is tying her environmental and floristry passions together by establishing a sustainable cut flower garden on her family’s coastal farm in Aramoana.

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