Media Release
25 August 2021

Can Peter Latz Really Think Like a Desert Plant?

Peter Latz’s new book, Tough Tantalizing or Tasty, Stories about Australia’s desert plants allows us a glimpse into his extraordinary life and many adventures exploring the botanical wonders of his beloved desert.

Published by the Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Peter’s new offering tells fascinating stories about Australia’s desert plants, their habits and habitats, and the tough, tantalizing or tasty characteristics they use to survive. It also tells the story of his journey to becoming one of Australia’s leading authorities on Australian desert plants and their uses by Aboriginal people.

I consider myself privileged to have grown up with Aboriginal people, and to have learned just how integral desert plants are to their everyday lives.
Peter Latz

There is no one like him. Latzy is a keen observer and deep thinker, with a mind formed under unique circumstances … I’m not altogether exaggerating when I say he can think like a white man, like an Aranda man, and like a plant.
Tim Low 2021

Peter wrote Tough, Tantalizing or Tasty, then donated the manuscript to the Olive Pink Botanic Garden. Over many decades, Peter has been a key botanical adviser, advocate and generous financial supporter of the Garden. The Garden, indeed Central Australia, is greatly indebted to Peter in so many ways.
Fran Kilgariff AM, Chair, Olive Pink Botanic Garden

Come and celebrate Peter’s remarkable contribution to Central Australia at the launch of this beautifully presented, captivating book.

Launched by Ken Johnson AM @ 4.30pm on Saturday 28th August at the Olive Pink Botanic Garden.

You can purchase a signed copy of Peter’s book at the launch, or buy a copy from Red Kangaroo books here:

For more information or media comment, contact Olive Pink Botanic Garden Curator Ian
Coleman on 0408 274 781.