Port Arthur – An Exotic Garden – Unlocking the Botanical Journey – Part 2

Following of the success of Part 1, in  2015, members of Botaniko were invited to return, to continue the theme of portraying  plants introduced to the Port Arthur penal settlement in the 1800s,  this time identifying those that were grown for having  culinary, medicinal and industrial significance at the time.

The  exhibition was opened on Saturday, 28 January 2017 by Dr Jane Harrington, Director of Conservation and Infrastructure at the Port Arthur Historic Site.

In her opening address, Dr Harrington spoke of the necessity of these culinary, medicinal and industrial plants to those early settlers,  who would have had survival foremost in their minds. They needed timber for shelter, food for sustenance and essential medicines. The works in the exhibition cover  all these areas.

The exhibition is on display in the Asylum, Port Arthur Historic Site until 23 March 2017.

Botaniko members visit Melbourne

Six members of Botaniko visited Melbourne on 24 and 25 October for a series of botanically-related activities.

First was a visit to the Rippon Lea Estate where Naomi Jeffs guided us through the historic gardens giving us a narrative of its origins. This was followed by a  visit to the home and gallery of Jenny Phillips, an internationally renowned Australian botanical artist.

The second day was as equally exciting as the first. In the morning we were given a tour of the thirteenth biennial botanical illustration exhibition The Art of Botanical Illustration: A New Direction presented by the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens. On conclusion, we visited the Whirlybirds, a group of botanical artists who meet regularly to paint  in the Whirling Room at the Botanic Gardens.

The two days were very inspirational and we returned to Hobart with renewed enthusiasm for our botanical works.

The art of Botanical Illustration: A New Direction

The art of Botanical Illustration: A New Direction

 

The magnificent gardens of the Rippon Lea Estate.

Historic Gardens of Rippon Lea Estate

Historic Gardens of Rippon Lea Estate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Field Trips

Recent:

13 Dec 2016: Second visit to Gould’s Farm  to paint medical herbs

28 Jan.  2016:  Members were invited to return to Government House to draw the summer flowering plants within the grounds.

Past:

8 Sept. 2015: Members were invited to Government House to paint the first flush of Spring in the Gardens.

25 Mar. 2015: Members toured the gardens at Government House.

4 May 2014:  Members participated in the Heritage Month at Port Arthur Historic Site, with a demonstration of botanical art techniques and a display of work.