New Shoots: Garden of Poems
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 Melbourne, the Blue Mountains, Byron Bay and the mallee of Kings Park, Perth. Linked poetic learning resources support ongoing workshops across these sites.
New Shoots: Gardens of Poems
New Shoots Stories
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 Age, Koori Mail, The Planthunter, CHILD Magazine (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra)
New Shoots Prize & Anthology
Got a plant-inspired poem? Contribute to the Garden of Poems
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.