New Shoots Garden of poems

New Shoots celebrates and cultivates poems inspired by plants and place.

Since 2016 we've collaborated with botanic gardens and parks nationally to commission new poems, create events, workshops and linked creative learning resources.

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Coinciding with the 200th birthday of the Royal Botanic Garden, poets Mark Tredinnick, Eileen Chong and Eric Avery were commissioned to create "poetic pathways" now installed throughout the Garden.

Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, Mount Tomah
New Shoots sprouted with Mount Tomah's Garden of Earthly Delights celebrations. Kate Fagan and Peter Minter were commissioned to create and perform a series of poems inspired by the history of the Garden.

Seniors Week 2018: A Garden of Words
Mark Tredinnick walked poetic pathways through the RBG Sydney, discussing matters of form, prosody and poetic practice before a practical and inspiring workshop.

Byron Writers Festival 2017
Lisa Brockwell was commissioned to create a new series of poems that respond to the ecosystems, plant life and Byron Shire environment alongside events at Byron Writers Festival.

Eucalyptus Eco-Poetry Project
Created in collaboration with Bundanon Trust and the Eucalypt Australia. The project invites poets and students to emotionally and creatively connect with eucalyptus through a poetic lens.

Sydney Olympic Park
Lorna Munro created poems now embedded in the Badu Mangroves Boardwalk in Sydney Olympic Park.

Wollongong Botanic Garden
Five local poets have been commissioned to create new poems for Wollongong Botanic Garden's 50th anniversary.

Partners & supporters

  • Royal Botanic Garden & Domain Trust

  • Bundanon Trust

  • Sydney Olympic Park Authority

  • Eucalypt Australia

  • Australia Council for the Arts

  • Create NSW

  • Creative Partnerships Australia

  • Sydney Writers' Festival