New Shoots NSW
Passage of Time, Banyan, Elizabeth’s Dream , Wurrungwuri, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Wollemi Pine , Fern, Bloom, Prime Petals, Bower boy , Wildflower, Fleeting beauty, Cedar (Toona ciliata), Bottle Tree Buddha, Ficus: A Strangler’s Life (Strangler Fig), A Beatbox Choir, A Gathered Distance, Lotus Pond, Tereticornis
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If you want heaven, start in mud
~ from 'Lotus Pond' by Mark Tredinnick
Created by The Red Room Company, 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 below 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.
New Shoots was launched with poetic tours of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney in conjunction with the Sydney Writers' Festival and The Planthunter.
Grow poems with us
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 here
We've also published limited edition poetic seed packs to help cultivate your own green places and inspire writing. Pick up a pack from our store.
Poems and poets
To see all videos, please view the New Shoots poems »
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