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Hello, I’m Julie Lake, a rainforest horticulturist who has been involved with the plants of the Australian rainforest for more than twenty years, as student, teacher, researcher, propagator, revegetation consultant and writer.

I love these beautiful and botanically fascinating plants, many of them remnants of the ancient Gondwana flora that once covered this continent, and it gives me great pleasure to share this love with others.

I spend much of my time in the rainforest, studying the plants and taking an interest in other life forms as well, especially the birds.  Where I live we have birds that are found in few other places and I have been watching them for forty years – yet there is still so much I don’t know.

That goes for the plants, too, because there are thousands of species in our eastern Australian rainforests and it’s not possible in one lifetime to study them all.  It’s a lot of fun trying, though!

I hope, through this site, to broaden and deepen your understanding of Australian rainforest plants and use my photos to help my readers identify them.  It’s going to take a long time to develop – but stick with me if you are interested and it’ll be well worth your while.

And if you enjoy this blog you might like to visit my other blogs, on gardening (including an introduction to the GardenEzi series of easy and cheap gardening books), at:


and my personal ramblings around and about the beautiful place in which I live at:


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