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This art is so cute
May Gibbs Gumnuts Artwork (Image: State Library NSW)
Kids in Adelaide love the Children's Storybook Trail at Carrick Hill in Springfield. This colourful free trail meanders through the garden and delights visitors with its characters from classic children's tales. A frog on a log, Hobbit House, and a Secret Garden are just some of the many surprises that keep bringing families back to Carrick Hill many times over.
But now there is a new reason to visit Carrick Hill - the new May Gibbs Garden has been added to the Children's Storybook Trail. The Carrick Hill garden team has developed a unique garden where Snugglepot and Cuddlepie sit amongst their iconic bush imagery. Experience the quintessential Gibbs as you follow a trail that is home to a stunning collection of flora including Xanthorrhoea Glaucas, Banksias, Correas, Boronias, Acacias, and Geraldton Wax.
The May Gibbs Garden is on the Childrens Storybook Trail at Carrick Hill
To complement the new May Gibbs Garden, Carrick Hill is presenting a new exhibition of original and rarely seen artwork by May Gibbs. Setting her work alongside a selection of twentieth century and contemporary artists, this exhibition presents the work of May Gibbs as an author, illustrator, artist and environmental campaigner who has inspired generations of artists and scientists.
An Australian who inspired so many, Gibbs created a unique Australian idiom that continues to inspire new and emerging writers and illustrators. Her love of nature and deep understanding of the Australian bush inspired Gibbs to create beautiful works of art. She cherished and longed for the natural Australian surrounds and was a strong advocate for the preservation of the fast vanishing native flora.
Close To Nature: May Gibbs and Australian Botanical Art, an exhibition of original and rarely viewed artworks by iconic Australian author and illustrator, May Gibbs runs from August 1 to November 25 2018. It is part of May Gibbs Shown In Frame And Garden At Carrick Hill.
The May Gibbs Garden on the free Children's Storybook Trail also opens in August when Carrick Hill reopens after the winter break. You can find more about Carrick Hill and its gardens in this article.
Native Flora in May Gibbs Art (Image: Carrick Hill)