Australian Native Plants provides a comprehensive guide to the horticulture of our native plants. Based on nearly 50 years of experience at Kings Park and Botanic Garden in Perth, the book describes the necessary growing conditions for mainly Western Australian native plants and covers some of the more technical aspects such as plant propagation and grafting, the use and benefits of tissue culture, methods of seed collection and storage, and the role of smoke in improving germination. Western Australia is home to about five per cent of the world's vascular plants and contains Australia's only terrestrial `biodiversity hotspot'. Written by experts with an in-depth kwledge of how to grow these plants outside their natural habitat, Australian Native Plants provides the more technically minded professional or enthusiast with information based on decades of research, experimentation and application. It aims to encourage the growing of Australian plants so that they can be used more widely and contribute to interesting, attractive and diverse private gardens and public landscapes in a changing environment.
Mark Webb is the Chief Executive Officer of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority. The Authority manages Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and Bold Park in Perth, Western Australia, and is involved in various horticultural and restoration projects in Australia and internationally. Mark's specific interest is in the development of Australian native plants for display in home gardens and public landscapes. He sits on a number of local, national and international committees and boards.