Botanist, freelance writer and conservationist based in Cape Town at the heart of South Africa’s Cape Floristic Region.

Turn kitchen scraps and garden waste into soil enriching goodness

Photo by Lenka Dzurendova on Unsplash

Gardening has exploded in popularity in recent years, with more and more people taking up the green fingered hobby. It is something that can be done no matter the amount of space you have, from an apartment windowsill to an expansive backyard.

The key to happy plants is healthy soil…

Horticultural inspiration from South Africa’s Cape Winelands

The garden of artist and garden designer Henk Scholz on Roux Street in Franschhoek, Cape Winelands, South Africa. Photo: ©Zoë Chapman Poulsen

The arrival of the southern hemisphere summer signifies the arrival of open garden season for South Africa.

Around the country at the end of October and early November, owners of their much-loved and carefully tended gardens open their doors to visitors to raise money for a variety of different charitable…

Rainforest beaches, ice cream and cassowaries in Australia’s largest rainforest

Mangroves at Cow Bay beach in the early evening light, Daintree rainforest, tropical North Queensland, Australia. Photo: ©Zoë Chapman Poulsen.

“You missed them! The cassowaries always come at 7 am…”. I looked sleepily out of my campervan door as the couple in the van next to mine let me know I managed to miss one of the world’s largest birds walking past less than two metres away.

It was 2018…


Rainforest parrots and cream tea in Australia’s tropical north Queensland

View from the Mount Alexander Lookout over the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in Daintree National Park towards the mouth of the Daintree River, tropical north Queensland, Australia. Photo ©Zoë Chapman Poulsen.

It was time to leave the savanna and head toward the coast, before journeying north into the Daintree rainforest. It was 2018 and I was on a solo trip exploring tropical north Queensland by campervan after attending a conference in Brisbane.

After a couple of days staying at Bustard Downs…

The wildflowers are starting to bloom

The Rain Daisy (Dimorphotheca pluvialis) is one of the more common spring flowers in lowland fynbos vegetation. Photo ©Zoë Chapman Poulsen.

The southern hemisphere spring is on its way to the Cape. Although Spring Day isn’t officially until 1 September, the plants in the fynbos, renosterveld and strandveld around Cape Town don’t know that and are starting to come into bloom for the spring flowering season.

After the cold of winter…

The crystal clear waters of the Mossman River descending the gorge in the southern section of the Daintree National Park. Photo ©Zoë Chapman Poulsen.

Exploring Queensland’s Wet Tropics World Heritage area

The spectacular Mossman Gorge sits at the heart of the southern section of the Daintree National Park in tropical north Queensland in Australia. I was lucky enough to visit this fascinating region after coming to Queensland for a conference on restoration ecology.

The Mossman Gorge section of the park comprises…

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