Text from card accompanying brooch:
Oregano symbolises the growing of edible plants within many gardens for their culinary uses. A perennial herb, it is a species of the mint family and native to Europe, the Mediterranean region and southern and central Asia. There are a number of subspecies each with their own distinctive flavours and most of us know it as a highly aromatic herb used in Italian and Greek cooking.
The choice to represent the oregano plant comes from a personal liking for this herb and a wish to include a plant that I cultivate for eating and use in cooking. For me it’s been a hardy herb that’s survived a lot of neglect, learning and battering – I admire its tenacity. I brought my plant years ago from Bunnings and don’t even know its proper botanical name. I remember I wanted to try and begin to be a little bit sustainable in growing some of my own food and oregano was a good place to start. I think I had the idea it was a hardy water wise plant. Like other edible plants oregano is often found growing in gardens in our suburbs and cities as part of a legacy of the kitchen garden. I’m all for encouraging more local self-reliance in food production.