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

New Shoots Digital Gardens

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