Southern Surprises

Southern surprises “The Chatham Islands off the coast of New Zealand offer a unique ecology rich with opportunities to discover plants and birds that live nowhere else,” American horticulturist Daniel Hinkley writes for the Seattle Times after a 21 winter visit. “Evolved to withstand a persistent, yet temperate Antarctic power wash, this region’s climactic conditions correlate to ours in the Pacific Northwest. Yet I had not come on this trip to collect seeds to test in my Indianola garden, but simply to witness in their rightful places many plants I have long encountered as a horticulturist many thousands of miles removed.” Hinkley observes the Myosotidium hortensia or Chatham Island Forget-me-Not; the Geranium traversii, found in colonies in the island’s sand dunes; and “the most southerly occurring palm species in the world … essentially an evergreen daisy”, the Olearia traversii.


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In the Zone with Educator Terrance Wallace

In the Zone with Educator Terrance Wallace

Chicago-born Terrance Wallace founded the internationally lauded InZone Project that has been educating impoverished indigenous students in New Zealand for 10 years. InZone is now being replicated in his hometown. Maudlyne…