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If you want heaven, start in mud

~ from 'Lotus Pond' by Mark Tredinnick

Created by Red Room Poetry, New Shoots celebrates and cultivates poems inspired by plants and place to deepen our creative and cultural connections with nature. 

Beginning in partnership with the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney we commissioned poets to create "poetic pathways" now installed throughout the Garden. Since then, New Shoots has sprouted in botanic gardens and parks across Australia with over 20 commissioned poets and partners spanning Sydney Olympic Park, Melbourne, the Blue Mountains, Byron Bay, Cairns and the mallee of Kings Park, Perth. Linked poetic learning resources support ongoing workshops across these sites.


New Shoots around Australia

New Shoots New South Wales
New Shoots Victoria
New Shoots Queensland
New Shoots Western Australia

New Shoots Digital Gardens (Digital Writers Festival)
New Shoots Garden of Poems anthology public submissions depository

Plant your poem

Got a plant-inspired poem? The gates to the garden are open for new poetic blooms. We'd love to have your plant-inspired poems gifted to the garden. Submissions are open all year round.

> Contribute your poem to the Garden of Poems.

Download the Garden of Poems anthology and see the winners from the New Shoots Prize 2016.


New Shoots in the news

Radio: New Shoots Radio Series in collaboration with the Community Radio Network, SBS NITV Radio, ABC RN Book & Arts, ABC Earshot, ABC Blueprint for Living
Print: The AgeKoori MailThe PlanthunterCHILD Magazine (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra)
Film: Poetry readings on mallee short


Bring New Shoots home

Limited edition poetic seed packets are available in our store. By purchasing one of these seed packets you'll cultivate your own green places to inspire writing while supporting future learning programs.

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