A highlight and privilege for me was to have the Australian National Botanic Gardens, in Canberra, host my exhibition. The ANBG cares for the national collection of Australian native plants and has strong links with the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research and the Australian National Herbarium.
For my visit, the temperature was 40˚C cooler than my last venue but Canberra’s clear skies and still days made the cold almost enjoyable! Especially each morning when I walked from my accommodation at University House to the Gardens, the fabulous combination of Autumn leaves and blue sky overhead. It was great to see the works again, in another venue and hung differently, this time with some featured on a bright terracotta wall.
An interesting bunch from Friends of the Gardens filled the auditorium on Thursday, for my slide show of the Cairns Botanic Gardens and the Offshoots artworks, some with in-depth knowledge of the Far North’s flora. Those who could, joined me afterwards for a short floor talk at the exhibition.
The Native Plant Association invited me to speak that evening at their monthly meeting so most of that day and evening was spent at the Gardens, meeting and talking to a wide range of plant loving locals. The following day an enthusiastic group joined me for the Botanical Postcard Workshop. The rangers had delivered an array of banksias and eucalypts to paint so I was in new territory and loving it!
Saturday’s schedule included a Botanical Journal Workshop which was loads of fun and concluded under the radiators at the Garden’s outdoor cafe. Although drawing ceased upon arrival of hot chocolates and raspberry friands, the good humour continued.
Somewhere there I squeezed in a guided walk through the Gardens, the guide anxious to show me the Rainforest and Central Desert gardens! I snuck away early to get a good look at the less familiar Eucalypt Lawn.
Thank you ANBG and Canberra friends.