Monday, March 7, 2011
Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens
My studio this year will be the beautiful Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens in Brisbane. I will be artist-in-residence at the gardens this year and will be creating artworks in outdoor sites within the 52 hectares that is recognised as Queensland's premier subtropical gardens.
The gardens feature more than 20,000 plants, representing about 5,000 species from around the word. The collections are divided into arid, tropical and temperate zones, uniquely possible in Brisbane's subtropical climate. Both native and exotic plants are represented, however the Australian Plant Communities occupies half of the total area of the gardens.
Every year an artist is invited to use the gardens as inspiration for a creative project. This is a wonderful opportunity for an artist to access the incredible living collections, the gardens botanical and horticultural library, the educational program, the gardens research programs and the on-site Queensland State Herbarium.