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Not to be missed, in May the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney presents the prestigious Botanica exhibition of internationally-recognised masters of botanical art from 6-28 May 2017.

Echinacea purpurea with Vanessa kershawi by Linda CATCHLOVE Watercolour


Celebrate the modern masters of botanical art at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Botanica: In Sickness and In Health 6-28 May 2017

Lovers of art and nature are in for a treat in May when Sydney’s favourite garden plays host to a series of botanical-themed exhibitions and events that are far from ‘garden-variety’.

Taking centre stage is Botanica — Australia’s leading contemporary botanical art exhibition, which this year draws its inspiration from the plant world’s role in our life.

Quercus robur by Kate NOLAN Watercolour on vellum


The exhibition runs from Saturday 6 May to Sunday 28 May 2017 (10 am – 4 pm) and entry is free.

Now in its 17th year, Botanica will be displayed at Lion Gate Lodge in the Royal Botanic Garden (enter from Mrs Macquarie Road). The scale and beauty of the lodge make it an ideal venue for showcasing such exquisite works.

Stephania japonica and Malurus cyaneus by Kerriann INDORATO watercolour


Curator Judy Dunstan said the 2017 exhibition comprised more than 120 original artwork representing the work of artists from across Australia and beyond.

“Works were selected on the basis that they accurately represent the form and botany of the chosen subject, adequately convey the characteristics of the species or variety, and are pleasing, balanced and considered works of art. They must also be identified and named accurately according to standard botanical practices.”


All works are for sale.


Cucurbita pepo by Sue STUART Watercolour on paper


It is the perfect opportunity to acquire works by talented emerging artists as well as those by artists with well-established national and international reputations,” said Judy.

A significant portion of funds raised go towards Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Gardens — an organisation which helps support vital work conducted by the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah.

For more information visit Botanica – In Sickness and In Health

Autumn Fungi by Pauline DEWAR Watercolour


Other May highlights include:

  • The Margaret Flockton Award Exhibition

See the finest scientific botanical illustrations from around the world. With an emphasis on scientific accuracy and microscopic detail this exhibition exposes, rewards and celebrates what is usually only seen in the pages of international scientific publications. 10am–4pm, Sat 6–Sun 28 May, Maiden Theatre (free entry).

  • ‘The Healing Power of Ikebana’ Exhibition

Teachers of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana (the Japanese art of floral arrangement) feature a mix of natural and man-made materials to create spectacular installations. 10am–4pm, Sat 20–Sun 28 May, The Calyx (free entry).

  • ‘Sculpture in the Garden’ walking tours

Visit the Garden’s most celebrated sculptures and hear the stories they embody about Sydney’s history and people. 11am–12.30pm, Sat 6, 13, 20 & 27 May, departs from the Visitor Information Kiosk at the Garden Shop (free entry).

  • ‘Garden of Good and Evil’ walking tour

After a delicious morning tea join our Volunteer Guides to discover how plants provide us with so many things including medicines, foods, fragrances and dyes as well as happiness! 10am, Fri 26 May, from Lion Gate Lodge ($25 per person). Book by phoning (02) 231-8182.

  • Interactive Ikebana workshops

Learn more about the beauty of Japanese floral arrangement – the art of Ikebana. Join teachers of the Sogetsu School for short talks, drop-in workshops and demonstrations. 10am-4pm, Sat 20 & 27 May, The Calyx (free entry).

For more information about Garden Art Month go to Royal Botanic Garden Sydney 

[This post is brought to you by the Foundation and Friends of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney]


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About Foundation and Friends Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Gardens Ltd was established to encourage the use and enjoyment of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust and to involve the community in the scientific, educational, horticultural, cultural and recreational functions of the Gardens. Foundation & Friends serves as a link between the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust and the community, and promotes, supports and contributes to the development of the Gardens.

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