Story: Horticultural use of native plants

Muriel Fisher

During the 1950s and 1960s Muriel and Bill Fisher established a fine collection of over 700 native plants in their garden on the North Shore of Auckland Harbour. Concerned for the future of some rare plants, Muriel Fisher wrote Gardening with New Zealand plants, shrubs and trees to encourage New Zealanders to grow native plants in their gardens. Her book marked a turning point in New Zealanders’ attitudes to using natives.

Listen to Muriel Fisher talk about how she came to write this influential book. She refers to Norman Potts, who grew a number of uncommon native plants in the Hukutaia Domain, Ōpōtiki.

Sound file from North Shore Libraries

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New Zealand Herald
Reference: 22 May 1990, section 2, p. 3
Photograph by Ross White

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Horticultural use of native plants - The native garden', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/10450/muriel-fisher (accessed 16 August 2018)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007