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Garden of Ideas – Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney Exhibition

July 13, 2012toNovember 30, 2012



Garden of Ideas national touring exhibition – three centuries of ideas at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens

  • 13 July - 30 November 2012 
  • 9am - 4pm weekdays
  • The Red Box Gallery, Royal Botanic Garden,  Sydney, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney

‘Garden of Ideas’ exhibition  includes rare drawings and resources from across Australia including  a specimen of a Banksia collected by Joseph Banks at Botany Bay in 1770 and artworks relating to the voyage of Captain Cook.  The exhibition features different garden philosophies in the 18th century before colonisation, to colonial modernism ranging from planting for scenic effect to suburban gardening and a return to native plants.

The Garden of Ideas, the book that inspired the exhibition, was published in 2010 by curator of  ‘Garden of Ideas’ exhibition, Richard Aitken.  The book complements  the exhibition providing images which draw on a lifetime of experience in Australian gardening, design and horticulture.

‘Garden of Ideas’ is part book, part pictorial exhibition revealing the visual story of the Australian garden and chart the development and progress of garden design from the first imaginings of late-eighteenth century gardeners to today.

‘Garden of Ideas’ is an unparalleled array of images – paintings, drawings, prints, plans, and photographs – each richly evocative of their time with most never before published or exhibited to the public.


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