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Visual art diary

Creating a Visual Art Diary

Sunday 26 May, Sunday 18 August 10.00 am – 12.30 pm — Banks Building

Learn how nature and art can be combined to create unique, beautiful and captivating artistic images in a creative and inspiring session with Julia Lanford.

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NatureArt holiday program

Puggles and Explore NatureArt school holiday program

8–12 July, 15–19 July 2019 — Banks Building

Discover and learn about nature through observation, drawing, painting, nature journaling and craft. Get to know the birds, insects, marsupials, reptiles and the unique Australian plant communities featured in the Gardens.

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Free Flora Explorer rides for National Botanic Gardens Day

National Botanic Gardens Day – Free Flora Explorer Rides

Sunday 26 May 10.30 am – 2.30 pm — Leave from the Visitor Centre

Celebrate National Botanic Gardens Day with a new way to see the Gardens on board our electric bus. Hop off and explore the Gardens or loop all the way back to the Visitor Centre.

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Wiradjuri storyteller Larry Brandy

National Botanic Gardens Day and Reconciliation Day – Wiradjuri Storytelling

Sunday 26 May, 10.30–11.30 am & 1.30–2.30 pm — Crosbie Morrison Amphitheatre

Join Aboriginal storyteller Larry Brandy in the Gardens as he shares his Wiradjuri culture with people of all ages through performance and storytelling.

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16 January – 17 February, 9.30 am–4.30 pm — Visitor Centre Gallery

An exhibition by Kate Smith celebrating and drawing attention to the dramatic, quirky and intricate shapes found in the seed pods of Australian native plants. 

Kate’s interest in drawing pods began when visiting an area of the Blue Mountains National Park that had recently been burnt out by bushfire. Most of the foliage and greenery had been destroyed, but the blackened branches and seed pods of banksias and hakeas remained.

The dramatic shapes of the pods stood out, and Kate realised she had often overlooked these in favour of colourful flowers and foliage.

The main focus of the exhibition is a series of larger scale drawings and paintings, with a central display of seed pods and natural materials.


16 January – 17 February, 9.30 am–4.30 pm


Visitor Centre Gallery