Pukekura Park - its ecology and history - Friends of Pukekura Park New Plymouth Inc.

The Friends of Pukekura Park

20 August 2015
A new book to make your walks and tramps more interesting

"Common Ground"

Val Smith, a member of the Friends of Pukeura Park, has written a fascinating book about "Who's Who" in New Zealand Botanical Names.  "Common Ground" explores the lives and botanical contributions of those who are honoured in the scientific plant names. Each page has an excellent image of the plant described.


ISBN 978-0-473-30847-6

A4 format, 304 pages, soft cover

This book brings together the stories of 250 people commemorated in New Zealand botanical names, not only of flowering plants, but also ferns, seaweeds, mosses, lichens and fungi. Arranged chronologically from the Greek philosopher Aristotle, 384 BC-322 BC, (Aristotelia serrata - makomako or wineberry) to contemporary New Zealand botanists, Common Ground includes early European physicians and herbalists, later explorers and scientists, New Zealand pioneer settlers and visitors, and locally born and educated naturalists. Each biographical entry is on a separate page, accompanied by a relevant colour image and plant information. A social and botanical history with an amazing number of connections is revealed.


Published in a limited edition by Wordsmith, New Plymouth, assisted by Wellington Botanical Society's Jubilee Fund and the George Mason Charitable Trust


Price: $30.00 (plus $5.00 postage within New Zealand)
Orders and enquiries to: Val Smith valdsmit@xtra.co.nz Ph. (06) 758 3521
80 Mill Road
Lower Vogeltown, NEW PLYMOUTH 4310



See more images of Pukekura Park in our digital library, Kete http://kete.pukekura.org.nz - search for key words, then select the category for "Topics" or "Images" or "Audio" etc.

Written for the Brooklands' 75th Anniversary

Experience a slice of history - from Newton King to the Bowl.
Caution: this illustrated record of Brooklands is a 1.8MB file


Read about  the Friends of Pukekura Park archive project, along with full details and documentation.This is a collaborative central government funded project in association with Puke Ariki to collect, collate, digitise and store the botanical, ecological and historical records of Pukekura Park for use by future generations.