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.
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.
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
The Art of Botanical Illustration Exhibition is generously sponsored by: