Produced by the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub, The University of Melbourne, 44 pages
This booklet contains information about indigenous plant use, including the medicinal, nutritional and technological use of plants (such as traps, nets and weapons) developed over many, many millennia by Australia’s First Peoples. Where possible, information is also included about the animals the plants benefit, in line with the holistic approaches to the environment so important to Indigenous ways of knowing and being.
The booklet mostly covers widely available eastern Kulin Nation plants, and some edible plants from further afield that can be grown successfully in multiple Australian climates.
All of the plant information is formatted to fit onto labels that you can print, laminate and use in your garden. These labels provide an ongoing opportunity to learn on Country: gardeners and visitors will be able to interact with plants, smell, touch and taste, whilst they learn. This is an Indigenous way of knowing and learning, it is experiential learning: learning through doing, smelling, tasting, seeing, feeling, sharing and talking.