17 Dec 2022

Bee Dawson: the heroes of Otari-Wilton's bush

From Saturday Morning, 10:35 am on 17 December 2022

Wellington's Ōtari-Wilton's Bush is the only botanic garden dedicated solely to the collection and conservation of plants unique to Aotearoa. 

The bush reserve also has over a 100 hectares of regenerating forest and some of the Capital's oldest trees. For writer and historian Bee Dawson it's a place of stories - of both national botanical heroes and local community. She has brought them together in Ōtari: 200 Years of Ōtari-Wilton's Bush.

Ōtari-Wilton has become a 'Living Plant Museum' associated with plant legends like John Gretton McKenzie, Walter Brockie and Leonard Cockayne. Today it's home to a laboratory dedicated to the study and preservation of our native flora. 

composite of Bee Dawson and her book Otari

Bee Dawson Photo: supplied

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