Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia



Note: Program may be subject to change.

 Caterpillar’s Ideal by Minghui Yuan

 Botanica 2013 Finalist2012

Wild!Rhino Sculpture Trail

The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney will be hosting two wild rhino sculptures as part of Taronga Wild! Rhinos. The project will create a spectacular world-class sculpture trail from the Sydney Harbour foreshore through the Blue Mountains to Dubbo and the Central West region of NSW. There will a trail map and mobile app detailing each sculpture location. The mobile app will incorporate a quest and offer for the two wild rhinos in the Garden, which can be redeemed at the Garden Shop.

When: Saturday 1 February to Sunday 27 April, Garden opening times
Where: Foreshore lawns near the Main Pond, for the trail map and mobile app click here.
Cost: Free

Clay to Flowers exhibition

Celebrating two of Japan’s most exquisite art forms, stunning floral arrangements created by teachers of the Sogetsu Ikebana School will be displayed with ceramic vessels designed by celebrated ceramic artists, including Mitsuo Shoji.

When: Saturday 1 March to Friday 13 March 2014, 10 am - 3 pm
Where: Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
Cost: Free
Enquiries: 9231 8331

International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition

Don’t miss this exhibition of exquisite images from the acclaimed International Garden Photographer of the Year competition 6. The photographs capture the beauty of our green planet, offering unique snapshots of stunning gardens, spectacular landscapes and quirky wildlife. With categories including The Beauty of Plants, Breathing SpacesBountiful Earth and Micro Creatures, the artistry of the images is set to inspire us all to pick up a camera and capture the glorious world around us.

When: Saturday 1 - Sunday 9 March 2014, 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
Cost: Foundation & Friends’ Member $5, Non member $7.50, Child (10-16 years) $2.50, Child (under 10 years) free
Bookings: not essential
Enquiries: For more information phone the Foundation and Friends’ office on 9231 8182.

The Breathing Conifer - Phillippa Carnemolla

As the 2012 Artist in Residence for the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Phillippa Carnemolla embarked upon a journey exploring geometry and patterns in plants, and the interdependence of flora and fauna within the beautiful grounds. The centrepiece of Phillippa’s residency, the Breathing Conifer is based on the geometry of cycads and conifers. The Breathing Conifer is a hanging copper sculpture that pulses with a gentle heart beat. Reminiscent of plant, seed, insect and heart, this sculpture comments on the universality of life, the interdependence of plant and animal and the beauty in natural rhythm.

When: Sunday 15 March to Sunday 25 May, 9.30 am to 5 pm
Where: Visitor Centre Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah
Cost: Free entry
Bookings: not essential
Enquiries: 4567 3000

Margaret Flockton Award and exhibition

The Margaret Flockton Award is recognised as the leading award of its kind for scientific botanical illustrations in black and white. The exhibition showcases extraordinary botanical details illuminated by the world’s best scientific illustrators. Selected works will be for sale.

When: Saturday 24 May - Sunday 15 June 2014, daily 10 am-4 pm.
Where: Joseph Maiden Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney - enter via Woolloomooloo Gate on Mrs Macquaries Road
Cost: Entry to the exhibition is free - selected works FOR SALE
Enquiries: 02 9231 8111 

Botanica Opening Night

Botanica - The Art of Seduction: plants and pollinators

Join some of Australia’s leading botanical artists for this special opening night party. Enjoy a drink in the beautiful gardens of Lion Gate Lodge and view this year’s exhibition before it opens to the public.

When: Friday 23 May, 6 pm - 8 pm
Where: Lion Gate Lodge
Cost: Member $45, Non member $55 (refreshments are included)
Bookings: Book online or phone the Foundation & Friends’ office during business hours on 02 9231 8182

Botanica - the Art of Seduction: Plants and Pollinators

Presented by Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens Botanica is an extraordinary exhibition of works by Australia’s finest botanical artists. This year’s spectacular collection will feature botanical art that captures the diversity and beautiful intricacies of plants and their pollinators.

When: Saturday 24 May to Sunday 15 June 2014, 10 am - 4 pm daily
Where: Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
Cost: Free
Bookings: not essential
Enquiries: For more information phone the Foundation & Friends’ office on 9231 8182 or visit the Foundation and Friends' website

Enamels & Textiles exhibition

Heather is celebrating over 40 years of working with enamels, exploring and researching techniques,  She still finds the combination of glass, metal and fire exciting and challenging as each piece comes out of the kiln- from red hot to dark colours to the final piece.
The brilliant colours and durability of enamel are combined in wall pieces, small sculpture and with gemstones in necklaces.  Leather and timber boxes have enamel set in their lids.

Elizabeth weaves mainly in hand-dyed wool and silk, producing scarves and wraps with a luxurious handle and unique colouring. The scale of pieces range from filmy fine yarns to heavy rugs.

When: Tuesday 27 May - Monday 9 June, 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Cost: Free
Enquiries: 9231 8111


Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan

Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah