In Stillness

Open Wednesday to Sunday and based on the theme from the Irish proverb, ‘In stillness, the world is restored‘ this photographic exhibition of landscapes and nature features the work of Blue Mountains photographers Louise Bishop, Fiona Huddleston and Dilshara Hill.

Open Wednesday to Sunday  from 11am to 3pm at the Everglades Gallery, 37 Everglades Avenue, Leura in the beautiful Blue Mountains only a 1.5 hour drive west of Sydney.

Free with Everglades entry: $13 adult, $8 conc, $4 child (National Trust members free entry)

Artisans in the Gardens

See a huge range of eclectic work by dozens of artists and artisans from around Australia. Art, sculpture, furniture, decorative work and jewellery in media such as ceramics, glass, art, paper, mosaic, metalwork, woven works, timber, LED, found and reused objects and more. All works are for sale. Lion Gate Lodge, (enter from Mrs Macquaries Road), Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, NSW, 10am-4pm daily. Free entry.

Therapeutic Landscapes Conference

‘Making Connections – Plants and People’. Cultivate is the peak body for horticultural therapy in NSW. This inaugural one day professional conference highlights the interaction between plants and people and the resulting therapeutic benefits experienced by our interconnectedness. Our aim is to increase this understanding and move towards standard training and practice in Australian professional services in therapeutic horticulture with an emphasis on evidence based practice.

Key note speakers: Anna Baker Cresswell, HighGround UK, on the horticultural therapy for the military ‘Gardening Leave’ and the Defence Rehabilitation Centre and Dr Theresa Scott, presenting research on the benefits of gardening for older adults.

Full delegate price $185, concessions and Cultivate members $150. Book now!

Robertson Open Gardens

Enjoy 8 private gardens open over the weekend of 8 -9 October in Robertson in the scenic Southern Highlands of NSW, an easy 1:45 hour drive from Sydney. Gardens range from smaller town gardens to large country gardens and feature beautiful spring flowering trees, azaleas, perennials and bulbs, sculpture, vistas, as well as ponds and lakes in both formal and informal gardens. There are also large productive vegetable gardens. $5 single garden, $20 all gardens.

Eden Unearthed

Art in Eden Gardens – a unique exhibition of 29 artworks by both established and emerging artists, featuring sculpture, installations, interactive sound and light, photography, wearable art, political and social statements and magical realism. All are site specific within the many display gardens of the Eden Gardens complex. Come and see gardens through the eyes of an artist.

Free entry, open daily 9am to 5pm, catalogue $7 (supporting Youth of the Streets).

Eden Gardens: 307 Lane Cove Road Macquarie Park, Sydney

Plant Lovers Fair NSW

Over 40 Exhibitors offering plants for collectors as well as ornamental and food gardens plus quality garden products; an interesting & informative FREE Speakers Program on both days; refreshments and ATM facilities. At Kariong Mountains High School, Central Coast, NSW, an easy 1 hour drive from Sydney.

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September 2016; 9am-4pm both days

Wild About Waratahs

Celebrating the iconic waratah, spectacular flower and New South Wales state floral emblem. Festival includes a state-wide waratah flower competition, a botanical illustration exhibition and workshop, guided garden tours, cut flower display and plants sales. Nearby Gadara Wildflower Farm will be open for one day only on Sunday 25 September from 1030am to 3pm.

Free entry, open from 9am to 5.30pm daily.

Home and Garden Show Bowral

The Home and Garden Show in Bowral, NSW, has over 150 exhibitors. Anything you could possibly need, want or desire will be there… loads to love, see, buy, do and learn! The perfect opportunity to enquire, order and purchase loads of new products, plants, innovations and ideas for your Home & Garden. Enjoy free demonstrations and presentations across 4 stages including Gardening experts, home improvement, interior design and food and wine aficionados. Bowral is in the beautiful NSW Southern Highlands, an easy 1.5 to 2 hour drive by motorway south-west of Sydney.

Planting Dreams: Grand Garden Designs

Curated by the renown Howard Tanner, this collection of photographs captures the essence of contemporary landscape design across New South Wales. Featuring private gardens from Berry to Glen Innes, and Sydney public gardens and roof gardens, these inspiring images highlight current trends in landscape design, including cloud pruning, use of Australian plants and spectacular sculpture.

A companion Exhibition to Planting Dreams: Shaping Australian Gardens

Exhibition Galleries: Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri 9am-5pm; Thurs, 9am to 8pm; Sat and Sun 10am-5pm.

FREE entry

Planting Dreams: Shaping Australian Gardens

An exhibition at the State Library of NSW in Sydney curated by garden historian Richard Aitken. Features 150 rare, beautiful and often quirky objects from the Library’s collection, spanning 5 centuries, that present the ideas and influences that have shaped the way we make, use, imagine and enjoy our gardens.

State Library of NSW, Macquarie St, Sydney

Exhibition Galleries, open 9am-5pm Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri; 9am-8pm Thurs, 10am-5pm Sat and Sun.

Herbals – Myth, Magic, Medicine

Exquisite rare antiquarian books plus the intriguing and fantastical stories behind many of our medicinal plants makes a fabulous Sydney exhibition. ‘HERBALS: Myths Magic, Medicine

Since earliest times, humans have used plants to aid in maintaining their health. This knowledge was preserved and compiled in handwritten, illuminated and later, printed books and almost always illustrated. These were Herbals and along with useful information; mythic tales, legends, bizarre and sometimes macabre magical remedies were recorded.

At the Red Box Gallery, National Herbarium of NSW, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney. 10am – 4pm WEEK DAYS ONLY. FREE entry.

Western Australian Flora

Talk at Australian Plants Society Central Coast Group, Saturday 13 August at 2pm.
In October 2015 Kevin Stokes went on a wildflower tour to WA which took him north from Perth and Kings Park to Geraldton and on to Kalbarri National Park before returning to Perth. His talk will loosely follow that trip and display the richness of the WA Flora in a photographic essay. As a bonus Kevin will touch on how to grow some of the WA plants on the East Coast.
Kevin has had a deep interest in most aspects of the Australian Flora over the last 40 years and has been associated with the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens near Raymond Terrace for its 30 year history.

$2 entry includes talk, a raffle ticket and afternoon tea plus a garden-grown Australian NATIVE flower and foliage display. ALL WELCOME!

Florilegium: Sydney’s Painted Garden

Celebrating 200 years of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, this exhibition from the Florilegium Society features a unique collection of contemporary botanical paintings of some of the most significant plants in the living collections of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust.

Museum of Sydney, exhibition is free with $10 Museum entry, 10-5pm daily. 30 July to 30 October 2016.

Garden Seminar

Join us for this intriguing day with fascinating talks addressing the topic of appropriate planting and garden design for Sydney coastal areas and the built environment.
27 JUL 2016 9:30 AM — 3:00 PM
The three highly regarded speakers at this years’ Garden Seminar, addressing the topic of appropriate planting and garden design for Sydney coastal areas and the built environment are:
Peter Nixon: Plants and Design for Coastal Growing Conditions
Arno King: Subtropical Vegetable Gardening
Mark Paul: Green Walls – Greening the Built Environment

Bookings: Ticket Application Sheet
Cost: Members $70.00; Non Members $89.00
Enquiries: 02 9363 2401; lindesay@nationaltrust.com.au

Review: The Calyx reveals its Sweet Addiction at Sydney RBG

Newly opened at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, The Calyx is the purpose-built exhibition space that the Gardens has needed and wanted for some years. On the outside it’s an architectural and very beautiful structure occupying the site of the old glass square pyramid Tropical Centre and built on to the Ken Woolley-designed quarter-circle ‘Arc’ glasshouse which survived demolition. I like the way its stark and severe white ribs around the circular open courtyard area contrast with its green and leafy garden background, and also the wonderful shadow patterns they throw on the internal courtyard space. But what’s inside? Continue reading “Review: The Calyx reveals its Sweet Addiction at Sydney RBG”

Talk – Museum of Economic Botany

Illustrated talk in Sydney on the Museum of Economic Botany at Adelaide Botanic Garden, by Tony Kanellos. The story of the Museum of Economic Botany spans a remarkable 150 years – from the germ of an idea by George Francis, through the flowering of the collection and building by Richard Schomburgk to the restoration of 2009. This potted history covers the highs and lows, celebration and neglect, thousands of objects from around the world, dedicated curators, deadly white ants, larrikins and lovers of plants and the ingenuity of their uses by people of many cultures of the globe.
Venue: Annie Wyatt Room, National Trust Centre, Observatory Hill.
Cost: Members $20 Guests $30 includes light refreshments. Bookings essential.
Bookings & enquiries for all events above: Email: Jeanne@Villani.com.
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