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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.

Linked creative learning resources also support a series of poetic workshops across these sites and others in the future.


Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Coinciding with the 200th birthday of the Royal Botanic Garden, poets Mark Tredinnick, Eileen Chong and Eric Avery were commissioned to create "poetic pathways" now installed throughout the Garden.

Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, Mount Tomah
New Shoots sprouted with Mount Tomah's Garden of Earthly Delights celebrations. Kate Fagan and Peter Minter were commissioned to create and perform a series of poems inspired by the history of the Garden.

Seniors Week 2018: A Garden of Words
Mark Tredinnick walked poetic pathways through the RBG Sydney, discussing matters of form, prosody and poetic practice before a practical and inspiring workshop.

Byron Writers Festival 2017
Lisa Brockwell was commissioned to create a new series of poems that respond to the ecosystems, plant life and Byron Shire environment alongside events at Byron Writers Festival.

Eucalyptus Eco-Poetry Project
Created in collaboration with Bundanon Trust and the Eucalypt Australia. The project invites poets and students to emotionally and creatively connect with eucalyptus through a poetic lens.

Sydney Olympic Park
Lorna Munro is creating poems that will be embedded into the Badu Mangroves boardwalk in Sydney Olympic Park.

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