Words and photography by Georgia Blackie.
Georgina Reid bridges a gap between practical and poetic: She is a landscape designer who wonderfully conveys the human connection to plants in her writing. She founded The Planthunter website in 2013, and it has spoken to a need to articulate the variety of relationships between plants and people ever since.
We visited Georgina in her Marrickville studio, a haven of greenery, dried flowers and a life-size John Wayne cardboard cut out who brandishes a wind turbine, not a pistol, squeezed between red brick factories.
The Planthunter's most recent theme is Surprise. What is the most surprising discovery or realisation The Planthunter has led you to?
When I first launched The Planthunter three years ago I remember being completely blown away by the fact that people were actually reading and engaging with it! It really is built on my own passion, and I was just so surprised that others found something on interest and value in it too. I'm still surprised by the beautiful connections I've made through it, and responses I get from regular readers. It's a true gift.
How do you like to escape?
The bush is my escape. I love to be surrounded by nature in all directions - no houses or human structures in sight. Just trees, sky, plants, rocks. And maybe my man and dog.
Do you have any morning or evening rituals?
I struggle with rituals. coffee in the morning is the only one I seem to stick to. And reading in bed at night. Two delicious things.
Can you recommend something that you think is generally underrated?
Nature is dangerously underrated. It sustains us on so many levels yet, in a very general sense, we treat it like shit. We can't exist without trees cleaning our air, the plants feeding us, medicating us, clothing us and inspiring us. We need to learn (very quickly) how to treat our mother with the respect she deserves.
Georgina wears the Burnt Orange Long Sleeve tee and the Relaxed Chambray Pants throughout, both in GOTS certified organic cotton.