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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're partnering with Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and Australian Poetry to grow a new garden of poems.


The Poets

New Shoots Victoria is commissioning ten poets including Bruce Pascoe, Maria Takolander, Bonny Cassidy, Autumn Royal, Ryan Prehn, Elena 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 will be recorded, performed, shared on seed packs and 'planted' in the garden throughout the year.



3 September 2017: Red Room Poetry in partnership with Australian Poetry, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and Melbourne Writers' Festival invites you to join ten of Australia’s most spirited poets for a poetic walking tour and afternoon tea in the Gardens. Featuring poets Bruce Pascoe, Maria Takolander, Bonny Cassidy, Autumn Royal, Ryan Prehn, Elena Gomez, Duncan Hose, Chris Wallace-Crabbe AM, Carissa Lee Godwin, and Cameron Lowe.
Free event | Bookings filled »

For those of you that missed out, the poems will be 'planted' in the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, where you'll be able to visit the sites and follow poetic pathways through the gardens - available after the event.


23 March 2017: Eucalypt Australia hosted an evening to celebrate National Eucalypt Day, featuring poetry readings and performance by Eric Avery and Chris Wallace Crabbe AM, followed by the announcement of the ABR Eucalypt Fellow and the award of the 2017 Bjarne K Dahl Medal. Event details »

2-16 March 2017: In collaboration with the Art & Herbarium: Creative Ecological Investigations project, the first of our New Shoots Victoria commissioned poets, Bonny Cassidy, exhibited a new series of poems inspired by her residency in the Melbourne University Herbarium. Exhibition details »

More events announced soon... see our event calendar »


New Shoots continues...

New Shoots Prize & Anthology: We created the New Shoots Prize & Poetry Anthology 2016 with the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Rochford Street Review. View the winning poems and download the anthology.

New Shoots 'branch' on the RBGS websiteSubmit your plant-inspired poetry to be published on the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney website, alongside Eileen Chong, Mark Tredinnick, and Eric Avery.

Take New Shoots home: We've created 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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