The Art of Botanical Illustration Exhibition, Melbourne

David Reynolds paeonia suffruticosa_small (3) Following the presentation tonight of the Celia Rosser Medal to the winner of the best in show, The Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne Inc. will hold their twelfth biennial The Art of Botanical Illustration exhibition. David Reynolds’s stunning drawing of a precious peony will have people celebrating their annual arrival in Melbourne florist’s showrooms.

lemon alison gianangeliAlison Gianangelis engaging ‘lemon’ is in the show, which is open to the public FREE from October 25 to November 9, 2014. They do however encourage a ‘gold coin’ donation to help their work that supports the gardens and its professional staff.

HerbariumThe exhibition’s growing international profile, amongst the worldwide resurgence of interest in botanical illustration, has become a focus for both artists and collectors. Many beautiful works will be purchased from this renowned The Art of Botanical Illustration exhibition for inclusion in the RBG’s State Botanical Collection, which is held in the National Herbarium at  Melbourne.

The scientific accuracy of the work submitted for selection is a critical part of the high standard expected for inclusion in the exhibition. To ensure this standard is met, each artwork is carefully scrutinised and judged by a panel which includes a Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG) botanist.

celiarosser2The medal, named in honour of Celia Rosser, recognises her contribution to the genre of botanical illustration; Celia having spent 25 years recording the entire genus of Banksia for Monash University. She is renowned for recording every known Banksia species.

shallots KATE NOLANCheck out the ‘reality’ of Kate Nolan’s Shallots for yourself, at Art of Botanical Illustration 2014 Exhibition: 25 October – 9 November, 2015, Domain House Gallery, Dallas Brooks Drive, Melbourne (off Birdwood Avenue, opposite the National Herbarium). Weekdays 10 am – 4 pm, Weekends 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday, 9 November : 10 am – 4 pm

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