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A Celebration of Wattle Australia's National Emblem

192 pages, 240 x 180 mm, 200 colour plates

ISBN 9781921719561, $29.95, Paperback

Maria Hitchcock

Available: Now

Wattle is the best known and most loved of all our native flora. However, few Australians are aware of the important part wattle has played in the nation’s history and continues to play in bringing us together in good times and bad as a symbol of our being Australian.

‘A Celelebration of Wattle’ is a revised edition of ‘Wattle’ (AGPS 1991). It expands on that earlier book with some changes. New features include Wattle Day memories and a wealth of suggestions for schools and the community to help them celebrate future Wattle Days. There are additional poems in the anthology and special sections have been inserted outlining a brief history of the Wattle Day Association, the amazing story of the Hiroshima connection, an explanation of the botanical battle for Australia’s retention of the name Acacia and a detailed summary of the debate about wattle and allergies. This edition is beautifully illustrated throughout with almost 200 photographs and watercolours of wattles as well as many archival photos.

Maria Hitchcock, known as the ‘Wattle Lady’, is a retired High School teacher who lives in Armidale, NSW. She holds a Masters with Honours degree in Aboriginal Studies and a BA with a major in Botany as well as other teaching qualifications. She has been an active environmentalist for over 40 years and is a Life Member of the Australian Plants Society. She is a garden writer, horticulturalist and landscape consultant..

Maria is a passionate supporter of Wattle Day and is responsible for formal gazettal of Acacia pycnantha as our National Floral Emblem and National Wattle Day on September 1 each year. She continues to advocate for wider recognition of Wattle Day by both government and the Australian community.

Foreword by Federal Minister Peter Garrett