If you want heaven, start in mud
~ from 'Lotus Pond' by Mark Tredinnick


The Project

Created by Red Room Poetry, New Shoots, is a poetic partnership with the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Sydney Olympic Park and Bundanon Trust. The project celebrates and cultivates poems inspired by plants and place.

Coinciding with the 200th birthday of the Royal Botanic Garden, poets Mark Tredinnick, Eileen Chong and Eric Avery have been commissioned to create "poetic pathways" now installed throughout the Garden. At Sydney Olympic Park, poet Lorna Munro is creating poems that will be embedded into the Badu Mangroves boardwalk. Linked creative learning resources also support a series of poetic workshops across these sites and others in the future.

Poetic Pathways - Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Open the map to follow the paths and immerse yourself in the poetic garden. You can listen and read the poems as you wander. Please note that map points are approximate.

The New Shoots story

We teamed up with The Planthunter and ABC Radio National to share our New Shoots adventures. 

Listen here for the New Shoots ABC Radio National program on Earshot. 
Read The Planthunter profiles by Georgina Reid below. 


Dr Tamryn Bennett  |  Mark Tredinnick  |  Eileen Chong

Poems and poets

Mark Tredinnick | Eileen Chong | Eric Avery | Lorna Munro

To see all videos, please view the New Shoots poems »



New Shoots was launched with poetic tours of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney in conjunction with the Sydney Writers' Festival and The Planthunter.

The day in pictures | Poetic pathways, eco narratives, and healing | Q&A Quotes

New Shoots continues...

New Shoots Prize & Anthology: To continue growing the poetic garden, we created the New Shoots prize with the Royal Botanic Garden and Rochford Street Review. View the winning poems and download the anthology.

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. 

... in Victoria: Commissioning ten Victorian poets to create new poems inspired by plants in partnership with Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and Australian Poetry. Find out more »

... at Byron Writers' Festival: 4-6 August 2017 with poet Lisa Brockwell. Find out more »


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