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'how the stars sette on the sacred ceiba'
~ Maria Takolander

Created by Red Room Poetry, New Shoots celebrates and cultivates poems inspired by plants and place to deepen cultural connections with nature. Stemming from the success of New Shoots NSW, we partnered with Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and Australian Poetry to grow a new garden of poems.


The Poets

New Shoots Victoria commissioned 10 poets including Bruce Pascoe, Maria Takolander, Bonny Cassidy, Autumn Royal, Ryan PrehnElena Gomez, Duncan Hose, Chris Wallace Crabbe, Carissa Lee Godwin, and Cameron Lowe to create a series of poems that respond to sites, spores, histories and seeds across Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Poems have been performed, shared on seed packs and 'planted' in the gardens.


Visit the Garden of Poems

For those that missed the launch event, poems are now 'planted' in the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Follow the map of poetic pathways through the Gardens.



21 Aug - 18 Sep 2017: Poetic excepts from Bonny Cassidy and Maria Takolander featured on Melbourne Trams for 4 weeks during Melbourne Writers Festival.

3 Sep 2017: 10 of Australia’s most spirited poets launched New Shoots Victoria with a poetic walking tour in the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria at Melbourne Writers Festival.

View the day in photos

23 Mar 2017Celebrating National Eucalypt Day with poetry readings and performances by Eric Avery and Chris Wallace Crabbe AM.

2-16 Mar 2017: In collaboration with the Art & Herbarium: Creative Ecological Investigations project, Bonny Cassidy created and exhibited new poems inspired by her residency in the Melbourne University Herbarium. 

New Shoots Stories

The AgeKoori MailThe PlanthunterCHILD Magazine (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra), ABC RN Book & Arts (Forthcoming) 


New Shoots continues...

New Shoots Prize & Anthology: Cultivating and collecting 163 plant-inspired poems with the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Rochford Street Review. View the winning poems and download the anthology.

Share your poemsSubmit your plant-inspired poetry to be published on the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney website.

Take New Shoots home: Limited edition poetic seed packs to help cultivate your own green places and inspire writing. Pick up a pack from our store. 


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