Marcelle Nankervis is a Horticulturist who has worked in the Horticultural Media for over 16 years.
She is passionate about Permaculture, Sustainability and Gardening for the Future.

Marcelle regularly writes for Your Garden magazine and Better Homes and Gardens.
Her first book was Plants for Australian Dry Gardens (Murdoch Books).
Marcelle's second is Smart Gardening (Exisle Publishing).

Welcome to my Blog!

As a horticultural writer I often come across people, stories, tips, tricks and real gems of information that never really make their way out of my notebook. I am hoping to share a few of these insights here as well as my own gardening experiences, which includes getting my children excited about plants.

I believe that a strong connection with the garden and our landscape when we are young is vital. I am hoping that educating my children in "Green Living" and "Smart Gardening" will provide them with the fundamental building blocks necessary for them to live long and healthy lives, while also doing their bit in helping to create a sustainable and green future for all.

Happy Gardening!

Friday, July 29, 2011

A tree for rememberance

Here is an impressive concept from the 2011 International Design Excellence Award winners.
Poetree by Margaux Ruyant, from the DSK ISD School of Design in Pune, India, won Gold in the student category.

Ashes are placed in the Poetree urn and covered with soil. The family takes the urn home, or to a desired location and plants a tree in it.

The tree and urn are planted, and over time all that is left is the ceramic top and tree. The ceramic top resembling a gravestone.

The International Design Excellence Awards (IDEAs) were founded by the Industrial Designers Society of America in 1980 to communicate the benefits of design excellence to business and the general public.

The Best-in-Show winner will be announced later this year at the 2011 IDEA ceremony in New Orleans on 17 September.

It's great to see innovation with horticulture combined with an eco-solution to what is a very difficult time.