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The Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year with an exhibition of exquisite botanical art and the launch of a bespoke botanical gin.

The celebrations kick off with Australia's leading botanical art exhibition, The Art of Botanical Illustration, from 17 September to 2 October. The exhibition is at Domain House Gallery and online as a virtual exhibition for a global audience.

The selected exhibition attracts local and international artists who capture the beauty of nature in minute detail, including rare and endangered species.

Brugmansia arborea - Marta Salamon
Hakea cucullata - Janet Matthews

Botanical illustration is an exacting art form that combines art and science. It can create beauty, promote ecological awareness, and educate and communicate the importance of plants in our world. For many artists, it is a meditative process that supports personal wellbeing.

Doryanthes palmeri - Angela Lober

This year's exhibition is forming part of the cultural program of the 7th Global Botanic Gardens Congress being held in Melbourne in September and is hosting a virtual exhibition of artworks from a group of European botanical artists linked to gardens represented at the Congress.

In September the Friends are launching an anniversary gin specially distilled by Big Tree Distillery in the Macedon Ranges with a stunning label by David Reynolds, watercolour artist and botanical art teacher with the Friends' Botanic Art Program.

We welcome you to join our celebrations and visit The Art of Botanical Illustration Exhibition

  • 10am to 4pm daily, entry by gold coin donation

  • Domain House Gallery: Dallas Brooks Drive off Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra

  • Online, The Art of Botanical Illustration can be viewed at The Art of Botanical Illustration

  • All artworks are for sale

  • Profits assist the Friends to support the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne and National Herbarium of Victoria

    The Art of Botanical Illustration Exhibition is generously sponsored by:

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    When: 17 September to 2 October 2022, 10.00 am - 4.00 PM daily
    Where: Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, Melbourne
    Cost: Entry by gold coin donation
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