New Shoots VIC
'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 partnered with Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and Australian Poetry to grow a new garden of poems.
New Shoots Victoria commissioned 10 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 inspired by sites, spores, histories and seeds across Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Poems have been performed, shared on seed packs and 'planted' in the gardens.
Visit the Garden of Poems
If you missed the launch event, poems are now 'planted' in the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Follow the map of poetic pathways through the Gardens.
3 Sep 2017: New Shoots Victoria launch with a poetic tour in the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria in collaboration with Melbourne Writers Festival.
2-16 Mar 2017: In collaboration with the Art & Herbarium: Creative Ecological Investigations project, Bonny Cassidy created and exhibited new poems inspired by her residency in the Melbourne University Herbarium.
New Shoots Stories
New Shoots continues...
Share your poems: Submit your plant-inspired poetry to be published on the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney website.
Take New Shoots home: Limited edition poetic seed packs to help cultivate your own green places and inspire writing. Pick up a pack from our store.
Partners & Supporters
GROUNDS, Step Off Golden Rat Tail, Enter the Yellow Tower, Crushed Stone for Silver Waves, Marylebone's Wedding, Golden Bogey, Arms of a friend, Botanic / "Hermeneutics", Botanic / “Commission”, Botanic / "Cotinus", Botanic / "Beginning with four words from a poem by Joseph Massey", Botanic / “One-way conversation with Agapanthus”, Kuller Kullup, Remnant, Speaking Camellia, CBD Flower-Seller / Self-portrait , Floral Axis, Echinopsis spachiana (Torch Cactus), Euphorbia caput-medusae (Medusa’s Head), Cleistocactus winteri (Golden Rat Tail), Echinocactus grusonii (Golden Barrel Cactus), Cereus peruvianus (Peruvian Apple or Apple Cactus), Ceiba insignis (White Silk Floss Tree), The bean seller's tale, Guilfoyle's Volcano, Agave victoriae (Royal Agave), Agave franzosini (Grey Ghost), At the Tandicals
Visit our online store to purchase publications and materials from this project. The Red Room Company is a not-for-profit organisation. All funds raised support the ongoing work of The Red Room Company.