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Diary of Events
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See Events calendar.
Events and activities are also listed under each Garden: see the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah for a full list of all activities in each Garden.
Foundation & Friends special events each year include:
Artisans in the GardensApplications for the 2014 exhibition are now available.
An exhibition showcasing extraordinary contemporary jewellery, ceramics, glass, textiles and sculpture, by some of Australia's finest established and talented emerging artists and craftspeople. Held within the beautiful surrounds of Lion Gate Lodge in the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, the exhibition focuses on the relationship between art and nature and draws upon the diverse inspiration of botany and environmentaly issues.
The Growing Friends volunteers propagate tubestock from seeds and cuttings of plants growing in the Royal Botanic Garden, the Australian Botanic Garden and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. The stock includes unusual and hard-to-find plants, many drought-resistant. Plants are sold at the Growing Friends' weekday plant sales in the Royal Botanic Garden at lunchtime, most Monday to Saturdays. See our Growing Friends’ plant list for plants propagated. We also hold plant sales on the second and fourth Saturday of most months, 9 am-1 pm, at the Royal Botanic Garden, and at the Australian Botanic Garden every Sunday, 11 am-2 pm.
Foundation & Friends Book Sale: Joseph Maiden Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
Every year Foundation & Friends host a wonderful book and plant sale, in conjunction with the Garage Sale Trail, an Australia-wide community sustainability initiative. For more information visit www.garagesaletrail.com.au.
Pre-loved books on horticulture, the environment, garden design and related topics, as well as craft and cooking, are sold each year in the J.H. Maiden Theatre at the Royal Botanic Garden. Donations of second-hand books are welcome throughout the year at the Foundation & Friends office. For more information please phone the office on 02 9231 8182.
Art School Program
In 2014, Foundation & Friends be offering a variety of classes. Acclaimed botanical artist, Bev Allen, will present a Master Class with an emphasis on the finer details that bring a painting to life, a special class on painting on vellum and a Master Class to help refine your techniques for painting white flowers. Bev’s classes are for artists with some experience wishing to improve their skills. Melbourne artist, Steph Goss, will once again guide you through the application of water colour washes using large brushes to create a larger than life painting. Charlotte Thodey continues her very successful classes in Acrylic Still Life Painting which encourage the student to look passionately at fruit and vegetables. For more information about classes, click here.