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Coffee table glossies, serious reading, & environmental supplies

VINC book shop

Check out the range of books available in the VINC shop. From comprehensive reference books to coffee table glossies, there is a range for all species!

A wide range of other environmental goods are available; used coffee bags, water crystals, 'smoke-water' granules, potting/seed raising/propagating mixes, fertilisers for indigenous plants, tree guards & stakes, weed mats, local seed (seasonal - small amounts) to micro-bat tubes.

So pick up some summer reading, presents, or your environmental supplies.

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Australian Fungi Illustrated

A user-friendly book that presents the result of his forty years of travelling and photographing fungi all over Australia where there is estimated to be in the vicinity of over 250,000 species most of which are unnamed. Of interest to anyone involved in the land either professionally or recreationally.
Butterflies of Australia

The world over people love butterflies but few understand much more about them than their physical beauty. The Butterflies of Australia offers a unique guide to help identify the nearly 400 species to which Australia plays host but with its focus on living butterflies, it is much more than an identification guide. Within its pages is a concise but broad, non-technical introduction to butterfly biology, history, ecology, evolution and conservation. Hundreds of meticulous illustrations show adult butterflies. It also explains and illustrates much of the known behaviour and ecology of Australian butterflies, and in so doing meets the needs of both the butterfly watcher and general nature lover.
Escaping the
Claws of the Machine

Darebin Parklands: Escaping the Claws of the Machine is a beautifully illustrated coffee table book that tells the story of the land our park is created on – from the First Nation indigenous owners to the farmers and industrialists who later occupied the site. It tells of how concerted community action over a generation saw the land saved “from the claws of the machine”.
Flora of Melbourne

The Flora of Melbourne is a resource that assists in the recognition and botanical identification of species while encouraging an awareness of the interrelationships between indigenous plants and animals. It identifies the usefulness of these species, to the local Aborigines in the past, and to all who wish to understand our diminishing natural environment in the present. The Flora of Melbourne works on a few different levels. It provides an important record of the plant life that developed in the Greater Melbourne area over a long period of time.
Fungi Down Under

Published by Fungimap, with assistance from The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and the Royal Society of Victoria. All proceeds go to Fungimap to assist with such projects as the fungi mapping scheme and further publications A field guide to the 100 Fungimap target species, covering all major groups of macrofungi.
Fungi field guides are not for identifying which fungi are edible and which are poisonous. This can be difficult from pictures in a book and is best left to experts to identify them 'in the flesh'.
Greeting Cards

by local artists.
Grow Your Own Bushfoods

A complete guide to planting, eating and harvesting.
Growing Australian Native Plants from Seed

Growing Australian Native Plants from Seed is the most comprehensive book available on growing native plants from seed. The practical book includes information on how to germinate seeds, growing seedlings in containers and species suitable for direct seeding. Details are provided on growing over one thousand native plant genera and thousands of individual species.
Indigenous Plants of the Sandbelt

A practical guide to using the local native plants of the area of Melbourne colloquially known as the ‘sandbelt’. Over more than 151 pages, the book looks at the original landscape of the sandbelt region and the growing of indigenous plants. It also contains a comprehensive listing of plants along with a wealth of full colour photos to assist in identification. Published in 2002 and compiled by local naturalists Rob Scott, Neil Blake, Jeannie Campbell, Doug Evans and Nicholas Williams, the book acts as very useful starting point for revegetation and landscape projects.
Local Bush Food & Medicinal Plants:
Including Fibre, Implements, Adhesives, Dyes, etc.
A guide to Indigenous, historical and modern uses of plants local to the Melbourne metropolitan area.
Macedon Ranges Flora

The book details all of the 208 native plant species known to exist on the bushland of Barrm Birrm. This amounts to about 40% of the flora found in the Macedon Range and 1/25th of flora of Victoria.
It is the most comprehensive book of the Macedon Range flora currently available.
Merri Birds

Common birds of the Merri Creek and Northern Melbourne
Mosses of dry forests

From a distance it appears as a green smudge in the landscape: on rocks, between grasses, in gutters and brickwork, even on trees. But come closer: a micro world of amazing variety in colours, shapes and textures is there. It's an ancient world, of beautiful plants which play a key role in the health and preservation of our soils. Glimpse this little known part of the plant kingdom. Written for students and absolute beginners, it's technically accurate but free of technical language. And it's generously illustrated
Native Trees & Shrubs of SE Australia

Native Trees and Shrubs of South-Eastern Australia embraces an area that stretches from the Flinders and Mt Lofty Ranges in South Australia, across Victoria and southern New South Wales to the NSW South Coast. It records the land and its vegetation in a scientifically accurate, but accessible, style. Virtually all species of native trees and larger shrubs in this area are described, and their occurrences are related to the features of their environments-events of the past, geology, landforms, soil, and climatic conditions. In a systematic sequence, every species is illustrated and accompanied by a distribution map. Descriptive information is concise, and carefully researched. There are more than 300 colour plates, and over 160 photographs. The brief descriptions of places of special interest, as well as the eight regional 'guide-lists' that cover the coast, hills and ranges, high-mountain country, and various inland areas, assist anyone exploring such regions to identify the trees and shrubs.
Plains Wandering

Written by three experts on the biology. conservation and management of native grasslands and grassy woodlands.
Over 320 photos and illustrations allow eaasy identfication of 280 plants.
Plants of Melbourne Western Plains

This is the second edition of Plants of Melbourne's Western Plains. The number of plants described has been increased while still limiting the range to indigenous plants that are available for purchase and suitable for gardens. All the plants described are indigenous to the basalt clays and alluvial loams found on what is described as Melbourne's Volcanic or Western Plains. The list is not exhaustive but it includes most of the plants appropriate and available for use in gardening, revegetation and landscaping.
Still Glides the Streams

A natural history of the Yarra river from Heidelberg to Yarra Bend
Water Not Down the Drain

Practical information about how to use rainwater and greywater at home. It includes information about how to save water, as well as things to consider when installing greywater and rainwater systems. It includes details about stormwater use, water use in the garden, and complete house treatment systems such as bio-membrane, aerated, worm and septic systems. Includes detailed information about water pumps, tanks and health and environmental issues with greywater use.
Wild Food Plants of Australia

Australian Nature Fieldguide: Wild Food Plants of Australia is the fieldguide edition of Wild Food Plants of Australia. It is presented in a concise, convenient form to facilitate quick and ready reference in the field. Tim Low has provided a truly reliable guide to our edible flora, making identification easy. Thus it is a perfect companion for bushwalkers, naturalists, scientists and, with emphasis on wild food cuisine, gourmets. Low describes more than 180 plants - from the most tasty and significant plant foods of southern and eastern Australia to the more important and spectacular inland and tropical foods. Distribution maps are provided with each description plus notes on how these plants were used in the past and can be used today. Beautifully illustrated with colour photographs and line drawings there is also a guide to poisonous and non-poisonous plants, and information on introduced food plants, the nutrients found in wild food plants, on bush survival, and how to forage for and cook with wild plants.
Field Guides

Botanical Field Guide.
Seed Collecting Guide.
Permaculture Guide.
How Plants Grow.
78 Garden Weeds.
Plant Propagating - Gardener's Guide.

Environmental goods
Hessian Coffee bags
Hessian Coffee bag
~ 100% biodegradable
~ Original contents (coffee) fair Trade and 100% organically grown

Can be used for
  • Weedmatting
  • Pet bedding
  • Mushroom and worm farms
  • Growing potatoes
  • Hanging basket liners
  • Clothing
  • Floor covering
Microbat tubes
microbat tube
Give a microbat a home - made from long-lasting PVC; comes with all hardware to attach it to your tree.

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