Social Sprouting: Interview with Lady Larissa

Lady Larissa is the inhouse florist for Pollen and BOOKPLATE. We sat down with Larissa, the lady herself, to discuss all things from pollen to petals. How did the name Lady Larissa come about? I had always worked for other people and I never really knew what to call my own business so I struggled to come up with a name. The name Lady Larissa came from my personal Instagram account, which started off as a mixture of my own private pictures and some of my floristry work. The name stuck as my flower portfolio grew and so I deleted my personal photos and that’s how people got to know Lady Larissa. How did you get into the floral industry in the first place? I didn't know what I wanted to do. Whe

Nature walks around Pollen

There is a good reason that Canberra is known as the bush capital – there are plenty of bushwalks offering everything from uphill climbs, panoramic views of Canberra, sights of kangaroos munching and an abundance of colourful wildflowers. There is one thing sure to relax and reward you after a bushwalking expedition through the Botanic Gardens and that is coffee and cake at Pollen. Here is a list of the Pollen team's favourite walks through the gardens. Rainforest Gully Walk Distance: 300-500m | 20 – 40minutes Difficulty: easy – a short and flat stroll with only a couple of steps Highlights: this walk is cool with ample shade. You'll walk along boardwalks through ferns and other rainforest f

Styling for the home with patterns

You may have noticed, we love styling with patterns at Pollen. People are often hesitant to incorporate patterns into home styling because it can be tricky to achieve a sense of balance. We're here to share some easy tips on how to use pattern effectively, whatever the space! Tip 1 – Colour Theme An easy way to make a collection of patterns appear less cluttered is to have a consistent colour theme. This significantly simplifies the busy-ness in the room by avoiding colour clashes. This method unifies the space by having little pockets of similar colours dotted around the room. Pollen uses navy blue to unite the patterns in its space. Blue books line the bookshelves, blue cushions adorn the

Homemade Raspberry Lemonade

Homemade raspberry lemonade will take the classy factor of your next gathering up a notch... or five. As the weather heats up and the backyard gatherings start to increase – quench your guests thirst with an impressive homemade beverage, made from fresh or frozen raspberries and juicy lemons. Ingredients 1 cup water ¾ cup sugar ¾ cup raspberries (fresh or frozen) Juice of 3 lemons Sparkling water to taste Mint leaves (optional) Method Pour water and sugar into a medium sized pan and cook over medium heat. Stir continuously until dissolved. Add raspberries and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Allow to cool. Place raspberry sugar syrup in a blender and mix until smooth

Mosquito Repelling Plants

The weather is warming up and mosquitos are mustering. We've put together a list of common plants which can be used to naturally keep the mosquitos at bay, while also enhancing the greenery of your outdoor entertaining area, and in some cases your culinary delights too. The plants work by releasing chemicals which the bugs detest. You can even go one step further and make your own natural mosquito-repelling essential oils and bug-spray from the plants! Basil Place a pot of basil on the sill to deter mosquitos, conveniently the basil is close by for cooking – win-win. Varieties such as lemon basil and cinnamon basil are the most successful in keeping mosquitos at bay. Catnip It is said that c

Meet the team: Interview with Pollen’s Head Chef, Simon

They say - behind every great dish is a great chef. It will come as no surprise then that Pollen’s Head Chef, Simon, has a talent for not only for cooking up a storm, but also for making people smile with his friendly and encouraging nature... and occasional wicked sense of humour. We sat down with Simon to get an insight into the person behind Pollen’s great dishes. Where did you learn to cook? In Sydney at TAFE for three years. Before that I was in Canberra so I came back to work here after TAFE. What were you doing before you decided to become a chef? I was studying Interior Design at university. After I finished the degree I decided I didn’t want to work in that field so I pursued someth

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Pollen is located at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra, Australia

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