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Rainforest Drawing – creative workshops ended on Sunday 20 May 2018.

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Seed fern fossils

Time Travel Walks – Science Week

11.30 am – 12.30 pm, Monday 13 August, Wednesday 15 August & Saturday 18 August — Meet at the Visitor Centre

Unpack your imagination and step back 3 billion years in time to look at the origin of all plants. Meander through the gardens with a guide and explore major events in plant evolution with living plants illustrating each step.

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Making dyes from eucalypts

Wattle and eucalypt dyeing workshops

9.00 am – 1.00 pm, 22 Aug, 9 Sept & 16 Sept

Join local textile artist Sally Blake in a fun and creative wattle and eucalypt dyeing workshop. Learn how to make flower, leaf and bark dyes and try your new skills out on a take-home scarf using dyes from local acacias and eucalypts.

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12–13 May or 19–20 May (2 days), 10.00 am–3.00 pm — Banks Building

Join contemporary artist Genevieve Swifte under the rainforest canopy.

This immersive landscape course engages all of the senses to develop a series of drawings inspired by the flora, fauna, weather and light of the gardens’ temperate Rainforest Gully.

The workshop draws upon Genevieve’s PhD research and will incorporate alternative photographic processes and the amplification of trees and birdsong, allowing participants to access the hidden life of the forest to inform their drawings with both the sights and sounds of the environment.

The class welcomes young artists from 13 years old, creative professionals, complete beginners and people with all levels of ability.

For more information or to enrol, please email Genevieve or visit her website.


12–13 May or 19–20 May (2 days), 10.00 am–3.00 pm


Banks Building


$220 full, $187 concession/Friends of the Gardens