Going Native: Growing and using New Zealand plants

Going Native Growing and using New Zealand's native plants

Edited by Ian Spellerberg and David Given

(Out of print)

December 2004, reprinted 2009
256pp, Paperback
240 x 170mm, Full Colour throughout
ISBN 978-1-877257-13-1

Have you ever wondered how best to incorporate New Zealand native plants into your garden? Or how to re-create a patch of native bush? This book is a rich compendium of ideas, describing the many and varied practical uses of New Zealand native plants.

With contributions from gardening experts to moving accounts from school children, this is a book by New Zealanders for New Zealand.

If you are wondering which New Zealand native plants are frost-tender, which prefer coastal sites or which are tall-growing species, there is an extensive A-Z glossary to guide you. Advice on landscaping with natives and on cultivating from seed or cuttings is presented in richly illustrated chapters. If you want to play your part in conservation and grow rare and endangered species, or restore an area of native plant habitats, you will find the guidelines in this book.

For far too long introduced plants have overshadowed our native plants. This book will help ensure there is a better future for our rich and diverse flora.

'Books about growing native plants in the home garden are nothing unusual, but Going Native lifts the topic to another, very welcome level.' Gillian Vine, Otago Daily Times

Ian Spellerberg is Professor of Nature Conservation and Director of the Isaac Centre for Nature Conservation at Lincoln University. He is president of the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network, and is passionate about raising the profile of New Zealand’s natural heritage.

David Given, (d. 2005) was Botanical Services Curator at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and a consultant and part-time lecturer at Lincoln University, where he was an Associate Professor with the Isaac Centre for Nature Conservation. Having worked in over 50 countries, including the Antarctic, during his scientific career, David had a passionate interest in conservation horticulture and botanic gardens.