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Botanical Illustration Brownell

Art of Botanical Illustration Exhibition – Beauty of Plants

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The Art of Botanical Illustration Exhibition is on now in the Domain Gallery at the Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG) until November 9, 2014, South Yarra in Melbourne

The Banks Endeavour – Homage To Science’s Great Panjandrum

The Banks Endeavour – Homage To Science’s Great Panjandrum

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You are invited to contribute to the making of a film The Banks Endeavour highlighting the life and legacy of Sir Joseph Banks founder of Australian gardening

Australia's first Government House

Fantastic Flora in Australia – First Fleet to Federation

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At the English colonization of this extraordinary continent in 1788 the flora was so exotic many explorers thought they would find the original Garden of Eden

Australia, a Multicultural Land of Paradoxes & Opportunities

Australia, a Multicultural Land of Paradoxes & Opportunities

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Australia is a multicultural land of opportunity, one whose layers of diversity are constantly re-interpreted distilled and decanted into something quite unique

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French Garden Style – Josephine at Château de Malmaison

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Josephine, Empress of France from 1804 for over a decade cultivated her garden style at Chateau Malmaison, playing an important role in the evolution of botany

Bauer’s Banksia

Bauer’s Banksia

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Free settlers after six months at sea appreciated the unique Australian landscape and flora on their arrival. Trees such as the Eucalyptus Pruinosa, or Silver Box were more than exotic. Back in England Sir Joseph Banks employed at Kew Gardens a botanical artist of consummate skill, Austrian Ferdinand Bauer who…

Survival in the Colony

Survival in the Colony

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Naturalist and botanist Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820) advised Australia’s first Governor Phillip about what plants to take to New South Wales to sustain pioneering troops and convicts. He advised they could be obtained en route. Taking corn and wheat seed from England at the Cape of Good Hope Phillip gathered…