Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Botanica: The Birds & The Bees

Botanica is a spectacular exhibition of contemporary botanical art featuring Australia’s finest botanical and natural science artists. 

When: 10am-4pm on 18 April to 10 May 2015
Where: Lions Gate Lodge, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Free Entry.

Botanica: The Birds & The Bees is now closed. The exhibition will return in April 2016.


Acknowledged as one of Australia’s leading botanical art exhibitions, Botanica will be held at the delightful Lion Gate Lodge in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney from 18 April to 10 May 2015. Open 10 am - 4 pm daily, entry to the exhibition is free and all works are for sale.

Botanica will have on display works by the best of Australia’s botanic and natural science artists. This year the exhibition builds on 2014 by inviting visitors to venture further into the complex relationship between plants and their pollinators - in this case, the magical conversation between plants and the animal world.

Botanica will also include a selection of works by students of Australia’s only Natural History Illustration Degree course offered by the University of Newcastle.

Along with the more traditional watercolour works, Botanica 2015 will also display works using non-traditional mediums, such as colour pencil illustrations and works on vellum.

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.

Botanica has a proud history of exhibiting the best of Australia’s botanical artists - ranked by many as among the best in the world. Included in this year’s exhibition will be works by Beverly Allen, Annie Hughes, Sandra Sanger, David Mackay, John Pastoriza-Pinol, Barbara Duckworth, Deirdre Bean, Angela Lober and Elaine Musgrave. 

Botanical art remains a popular and highly collectable art form and whilst it must be scientifically correct, it also embraces a strong artistic sensibility. Originally documenting the natural world for reference, this clear and lucid illustration of plant-life is now appreciated by a wide audience for its contemporary art value.

To view the 2015 artworks visit:

Musk lorikeet and Eucalyptus websteriana by Pauline Dewar

Freesia sp. and Belenois java, caper white butterfly by Annie Hughes

Eastern spinebill Acanthorhynchus-tenuirostris on Grevillea 'Superb' by K. Indorato