GardenDrumBotanica 2014 – the Art of Seduction

Botanica 2014, Angela Lober, Hydrangea macrophylla

Botanica 2014, Angela Lober, Hydrangea macrophylla

Botanica – the Art of Seduction; Plants and their Pollinators is now showing at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens, showcasing the best of Australian and international botanical artists.

Botanica 2014 Telopea speciosissima,  NSW Waratah, by Kerriann Indorato

Botanica 2014 Telopea speciosissima, NSW Waratah, by Kerriann Indorato

Botanica 2014, Beverly Allen, Stag beetle

Botanica 2014, Beverly Allen, Stag beetle

Botanical art differs from botanical illustration, offering a more artistic impression of a subject while still observing botanical accuracies. Botanica 2014 includes traditional water colours but also pencil, pastels, mixed media and even pollen sculptures in polymer clay.

The theme The Art of Seduction: Plants and Their Pollinators highlights the difficulties facing some of our most important beneficial insects, birds and animals.

Curator Judy Dunstan says:

“Worldwide there are tremendous problems occurring with declining populations in pollinators due to overuse and injudicious use of pesticides, loss of habitat and disease. Some plant species are themselves under threat of extinction due to the decline in their particular pollinators; still others are adapting to attract new pollinators. When we consider the part plants play in our survival and well being it seems an apt time to celebrate the role pollinators’ play and the synergy between them and plants.”

Botanica 2014, Annie Hughes, Pyrus communis x 3, Citrus hystrix, Beurre Bosc, William Bartlett, Manchurian pear rootstock, Indonesian lime

Botanica 2014, Annie Hughes, Pyrus communis x 3, Citrus hystrix, Beurre Bosc, William Bartlett, Manchurian pear rootstock, Indonesian lime

There are more than 80 original works on display, as well as a selection of fine and limited edition prints. All works are for sale the proceeds of which benefit the work of Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens and their support of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust.

Where: Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney at the Lion Gate Lodge

When: 10am-4pm daily, until June 15, 2014.

Cost: FREE entry

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