Discovering the Flora of Wind Song: Botanical Art and Science

The works were exhibited at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) from the beginning of December 2020 to end of February 2021. It then moved to the Village Gallery in Triabunna until the beginning of May. Since then, it has been on display at the Morris Miller Library, UTAS campus, Sandy Bay. The works will be exhibited at the Kettering Chamber Music concert on Sunday August 22, and will then move to the Art Lounge, at West Winds, in Woodbridge, Southern Tasmania.


Botaniko members continue to work towards their next exhibition, scheduled for display in February 2022. With the kind permission of Harry and Kerry van den Berg of Woodbank Gardens at Longley , members meet fortnightly to draw and paint from the extensive list of Gondwana plants collected in South America by Ken Gillanders OAM and his late wife Lesley. We are grateful to Harry and Kerry for the use of their glasshouse and cabin, depending on the weather, to meet and the opportunity to roam the gardens. Our knowledge of these plants are enhanced by the occasional visit by Ken and every fortnight by Jenny Skinner, a volunteer at the Gardens. We never know what the conditions will be like but the gardens, regardless of the weather, never ceases to impress. There’s always something new to discover.


The situation we, and the world, are currently experiencing has had an effect on Botaniko.

We last met as a group was on Wednesday, 18 March. At that time our latest exhibition Frederick Mackie – Quaker Plantsman was on display at the East Coast Heritage Museum at Swansea and we were working on our next project Windsong  with the Tasmanian Herbarium.The Frederick Mackie exhibition has now been transported back to Hobart and is awaiting installation at the Morris Miller Library, University of Tasmania. We’re still working on our next exhibition Windsong which has been deferred and, at this stage, will be exhibited in the Salon Gallery, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery from 4 December 2020.

With the Premier’s announcement that our border will remain closed until December, the workshop we had scheduled for October with Jenny Phillips from Melbourne has been postponed.  Details will be available on this site when the workshop can go ahead.

Botanical Workshop by Leonie Norton

Sydney based botanical artist Leonie Norton is coming back to Hobart Nov 28 – Dec 1, to conduct a second botanical art workshop. This workshop ‘Contemporary Botanical Art: Bigger is Better’ will teach participants how to take a small subject/photo and create a larger painting. The workshop is designed for botanical artists at all levels with experience in drawing and watercolour application. Go to the Workshops for details and registration form.

The RTBG Exhibition is travelling

The body of work by members of Botaniko, depicting plants of historical significance to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in 2019, has started its travels.

After being very successfully displayed at the Kettering Concert on 26 May, most of the works can now be seen at the Art Lounge, in the West Winds Community Centre, Channel Highway, Woodbridge, TAS, until June 27.

Visitors are asked to call West Winds on 03 6267 4713, to check viewing times. The paintings will then be on display at the Kingston Library during July.

Blooming Church Floral Festival – Botanical Exhibition

Members of Botaniko have been invited to display their latest exhibition, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens Bicentenary exhibition at Blooming Church, St David’s Cathedral Floral Festival. The exhibition – Celebrating 200 Years through Botanical Illustration – will be in the Cloister from 8-10 February 2019. Botaniko has also been invited to participate in a floral art display.

Jenny Phillips Workshop

Jenny Phillips, one of Australia’s leading botanical artists, is returning to Tasmania to conduct a five day botanical art workshop on 15-19 October 2018 hosted by Botaniko. There will be no beginners workshop. Participants will need to be experienced in the application of watercolour in a botanical perspective.

Jenny conducted two very successful workshops in February 2017 at the West Winds Community Centre at Woodbridge. The workshop will be held at the Fern Tree Community Hall, Hobart, 9.30am – 4.30pm each day. Cost is $255/person. Morning and afternoon tea including. The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 15.

If interested, contact through the website.

Leonie Norton Workshop a Huge Success

The recent botanical illustration workshop led by Leonie Norton was a huge success with twelve
local and interstate participants enjoying the peaceful surroundings of Fern Tree. Leonie, one of
Australia’s renowned and prominent botanical artists, provided group and individual tuition allowing
each participant to complete (or almost complete) the subject of their choice in the 4-day workshop.

It was a very enjoyable workshop and we welcome a return visit from Leonie.