Situated as we are amongst the beautiful Botanic Gardens, we are often looking for ways we can incorporate what nature has to offer more in to our everyday lives, from what we eat to what we put on our skin. We’re also always looking for ways we can be more eco-conscious, so that people may continue to enjoy our beautiful natural environment for generations to come.
We’ve rounded up 3 beautiful skin care brands that harness the power of botanicals, are non-toxic, and are environmentally friendly. They’re also all Australian owned and made, and all have a touch of luxury about them too, because…who doesn’t love to treat themselves?
Founded by naturopath and herbalist Barbara Filokostas, Botani (which translates to ‘plant’ in Greek) specialises in toxin-free natural skincare based on an ingredient called Olive Squalene – a natural organic compound found in olives and resembling the squalene found naturally in the skin of humans and a...
Here at Pollen, we adore all things floral, botanical and nature-inspired, which is why we’ve done a round-up of floral and botanical fashion and lifestyle pieces to keep you colourful and stylish through the cooler weather!
Keepsake “Enchanted“ Long Sleeve Dress
Image credit: Keepsake The Label
This beautiful georgette dress from Australian label Keepsake comes in a lush forest-green floral print, with accents of rust, blush and robin’s egg blue. A mini silhouette and flirty sleeves add fun flair, and it would be perfect paired with a beautiful pair of tall leather boots in a cognac or deep brown, and a wool overcoat in a rich jewel or pastel tone.
Give Dad the ultimate Fathers’ Day gift - a bottle of gin from The Canberra Distillery!
The Canberra Distillery is a local business run by Tim Reardon. Tim loves hanging out at markets where he chats to passionate Canberra locals and discusses the exciting new spirits he has in the works. We interviewed Tim about all things gin and found out about the ‘Summer Gin’ – of which there is a bottle up for grabs for Fathers’ Day!
To win, simply leave a comment at the bottom of this interview. The winner will be announced on Instagram on the evening of Thursday 30th August.
How is gin made?
There are a few different ways of making gin; vapour infused, pot infused and compound gin.
Vapour infused gin is where all of the botanicals are placed in the column. It works well for botanicals that don’t like high heat.
Pot infused gin is where all the botanicals are in the pot. Juniper likes the heat from the pot to release all of its flavours.
Compound gin requires each flavour to be distilled indivi...
Winter is a time to refuel and restore, and what better way to do that than a visit to Jindii Eco Spa paired with a wholesome meal at Pollen?
Jindii Eco Spa is a wellness sanctuary nestled amongst the ferns of the Australian National Botanic Gardens, right next door to Pollen! Together we’ve created a guide to restoring your energy and caring for yourself during the cold Canberra months.
Begin your morning with a Jindii Winter Warmer Escape Package. Indulge yourself with a full body massage paired with their signature hot stone treatment while sipping on herbal tea in the lounge. It’s hard not to feel instant relaxation surrounded by the replenishing scent of aromatic oils in the lush natural surrounds.
Next a Jindii Handprint Treatment is in order to relieve your hands of the dry skin that occurs during the Winter months. Comprising of a lavender pumice exfoliation, a relaxing massage and a varnish to finish, your hands will look fresh and revitalised.
“Bee Pollen contains nearly all the nutrients required by the human body, which is just amazing.”
There is a real BUZZ about bee pollen at the moment. We have the low down on what is it and why should you care.
You may think bee pollen is simply another fad, but as we discovered when we sat down with the team at Canberra’s Naked Foods, it is actually a true ‘super-food’. Providing a myriad of health benefits, incorporating bee pollen into your daily regime is incredibly simple and delicious.
What is bee pollen and where does it come from?
Quite basically, bee pollen is a ball of pollen grains that honeybees collect from flowering plants. When the worker bees collect nectar to make honey, pollen gets carried on their legs back to the hive. It's a main source of protein and provides energy and nutrients for the whole hive.
What are the benefits of eating bee pollen?
There are many health benefits to be gained by eating this super-food. It is rich in vitamins and minerals, naturally lowers cho...
We love winter here at Pollen, it’s the perfect time of year to pull out your winter woollies and warm up with a tasty winter dish.
Our chef Simon’s Spicy Pumpkin Soup is the perfect way to keep warm during a cold Canberra winter… and he’s sharing his recipe with you! It’s simple to make, allowing you to snuggle up on the couch with a book while it bubbles away in the background.
What makes it spicy? It’s pumpkin soup with a Thai twist. The secret ingredient of red curry paste brings depth and flavour to the soup, so you’re warmed from the inside out.
Packed full of nutritious seasonal vegetables, it makes for an ideal work lunch or a thoughtful gift for that friend with the winter sniffles. Just package individual servings in jars and top with a ribbon. The addition of a little pack of tissues under the bow makes a complete gift.
At Pollen we are fortunate to be surrounded by an abundance of nature. We often hear our patrons discussing the inspiration they have derived from a walk around the gardens - it is a delight to hear!
We recently caught up with Cathy Franzi, a local artist who creates art inspired by her in-depth studies of nature.
Cathy is a ceramic artist who recently graduated with a PhD from the Ceramics Workshop at the ANU's School of Art & Design. Prior to her study of ceramics she completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Sydney, which informs the scientific approach she takes to her artistic endeavours.
“The subject of my work stems from doing what I love, that is to be in nature, and plants are my particular fascination.”
Cathy spends her time collecting seeds for seedbanks and gathering data through fieldwork. In some, almost magical, artistic transformation, her findings eventuate as beautiful ceramic pieces. Cathy's ceramics are as varied as the seeds she studies. Her time in nature i...