New Botanic Art Essay -

Let's Look at a Leaf


Image: 2016 Exhibition.  Cat. 102.  Mali Moir.  Plantanus x acerifolia ‘Essex Street’.  Watercolour on vellum.


Friends Autumn Plant Sale 

The Growing Friends' Autumn Plant sale was a huge success, raising funds for the Friends to enable the Friends to support projects in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

New Botanic Art Essay

Essay No. 38 - Scientific Drawings

2006 Exhibition.  Cat. 38.  Elizabeth Cooper.  Stenocarpus sinuatus.  Pencil.

April 2017 Plant of the Month

Camellia x williamsii ‘Mary Phoebe Taylor’ 

Image chosen to represent reFraming 2017 Exhibition

When: 14 to 29 October 2017 - 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Domain House Gallery, Dallas Brooks Drive, Melbourne

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Blue Cicada by Liene Drulle


Friends to launch new Photography Group
 January 2017

Thank you to all who responded to the article in the Summer edition of Botanic News. It was encouraging to know there is such support for the establishing of our new photography group.

For more information please contact John Harrison on 0407 098 887 or Jacqui Hawkins (Volunteers Convener) at jandjhawkins2015@ 0432 229 919.
Above: Photo of Hellebore by Edward Brentnall

2016 Helen McLellan Research Grant
November 2016

The Project supported by the Research Grant for 2015/16 is the following:
The funding of a fungi bar-coding project to establish the nature and diversity of fungi in Australia.

Project to be led by  Dr Tom May, Senior Mycologist, RBGV -


Congratulations to the 2016 Friends Scholarship Winners
November 2016

Niels Klazenga, Programmer Information Technology, Biodiversity Information Officer, Melbourne Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Scholarship Amount - $6,434
Project:  Funding for trip to TDWG (Taxonomic Databases Working Group) Conference 2016, Santa Clara de San Carlos, Costa Rica, 5-9 December 2016.
Philip Bowyer-Smyth, Horticultural Technician, Melbourne Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Scholarship Amount - $3,566
Project:  16-week course of Diploma of Project Management at Holmesglen Institute

Success for Anita Barley in London
October 2016

Melbourne-born artist, long-time Friend, and one of the Botanical Illustrators’ first tutors, Anita Barley, has been awarded the prestigious Jill Smythies Medal for botanical illustration by the Linnean Society in London. The medal recognizes the quality and accuracy of Anita’s published artwork produced during her career as a professional botanical illustrator.