Synergy 5

PLANTING AT THE RED CENTRE

If you assume that managing landscapes in a place like Alice Springs is a challenge, you’d be right. The extremes in temperature and low rainfall must be factored in, or as Gary Dinham puts it, “If you try to work against nature, it will knock you down.” Having said that there’s also a fair share of fun to be had when working with desert plants…

Gary is the assistant botanical curator at Alice Springs Desert Park – a zoo, cultural museum and fully fledged botanical gardens rolled into one. It’s almost unique (there is only one other like it, the Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona) and its aim is simple: to present the plants, animals and culture of central Australia. “Deserts are full of life and are worth preserving. If people walk out of here understanding this, we’ve had a win. Our exit becomes their entrance to the real desert.”

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