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If you want heaven, start in mud

~ from 'Lotus Pond' by Mark Tredinnick

Created by Red Room Poetry, this first installment of New Shoots, in collaboration with Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, 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 were commissioned to create "poetic pathways" now installed throughout the Garden. 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

Listen here for New Shoots ABC RN documentary on Earshot. 
Read The Planthunter profiles by Georgina Reid below. 


Tamryn Bennett 
 |  Mark Tredinnick  |  Eileen Chong



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

Poetry seed packs

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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