Hobart is blessed at the moment with a wonderful display of autumn leaves. I was at Government House yesterday for the swearing in of our first Green minister and I can tell you the gardens were beautiful with the avenue of trees along the driveway there resplendent in the late afternoon light. The same can be said for the gardens outside Tasmania’s Parliament House. But the trees are all exotics. We have yet to appreciate our own native plants in the same way. Tasmania is famous for its nothofagus gunnii or deciduous beech which every year splashes reds and yellows across our alpine areas. But in our gardens it is possible to enjoy autumn colours with the native dogwood, pomaderris apetala. I have several native dogwoods and the colouring at the moment is a real joy.