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Art & Nature collide for the Garden’s new month-long celebration: Garden Art Month

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Lovers of art and nature will revel in May’s jam–packed program, as Sydney’s favourite garden plays host to a series of botanical-themed exhibitions and events that are anything but ‘garden-variety’.

For the first time ever, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is hosting Garden Art Month, with a program featuring some of the world’s best scientific illustrators, celebrated botanical artists, garden sculpture tours, renowned ikebana floral-art masters, Aboriginal art classes, children’s art adventures and more.

Illustrating the enduring relationship between art and nature, the month-long showcase at the Garden includes;

‘Botanica — in Sickness and in Health’

Considered Australia’s leading contemporary botanical art exhibition, Botanica features work by some of the finest established and most exciting emerging botanic and natural history artists from Australia and beyond. The 2017 theme draws its inspiration from the plants world’s role in life and death. All artworks are for sale.

Details: 10am-4pm, Sat 6-Sun 28 May, Lion Gate Lodge (free entry).

The Margaret Flockton Award Exhibition

See the finest scientific black-and-white 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.

Details: 10am–4pm, Sat 6–Sun 28 May, Maiden Theatre (free entry)

‘Garden Art Adventures’ for kids

This children’s activity explores how illustrations are tools for our scientists to learn more about plants. Visit a plant illustration exhibition, tour the Garden to explore its colours and textures, and then use iPads to create botanical illustrations. Then get ‘hands-on’ with plant models and microscopes for some plant dissection to look closely at plant parts and the structure of flowers.

Details: 1-3pm, Sat 6, 13, 20 & 27 May, Learning Centre ($20 per child 8-12 years). Book here.

Aboriginal Art Classes

Experience the oldest living culture through Aboriginal Art. Discover your creativity and join an Aboriginal Guide for an art class inspired by traditional Aboriginal art concepts and the surrounding environment. Using materials provided – including sticks, ochre, grasses and bark as well as paints and natural brushes, you will create a unique piece of art to take home.

Details: 1-3pm, Sat 6, 13, 20 & 27 May, meet at the Learning Centre ($39 per person, suitable for all ages no experience required). Book here.

‘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.

Details: 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.

Details: 11am–12.30pm, Sat 6, 13, 20 & 27 May, departs from the Visitor Information Kiosk at the Garden Shop (free but bookings essential as numbers are limited. Reserve your place here).

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!

Details: 10am, Fri 26 May, from Lion Gate Lodge ($25 per person). Book by phoning (02) 9231-8182.

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.                                             

Details: 10am-4pm, Sat 20 & 27 May and Sun 21 & 28 May The Calyx (free entry).

Mangroves of Australia: Living on the Edge

Deirdre Bean’s exhibition of 20 original watercolour illustrations of Australia’s mangroves highlight their unique beauty, biology and their fragility in the face of human encroachment. Details: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm, all May, Mon– Fri, Red Box Gallery, National Herbarium of NSW (free entry)

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