Watch: The art of botanical illustration
The Garden’s first Norfolk Island pine, known as the Wishing Tree, was planted at the request of Mrs Macquarie, wife of Governor Macquarie, in 1818. Following the species' introduction during the earliest days of the colony, it has since become a living staple of Sydney’s skyline.
Join botanical artist Angela Lober as she skilfully captures this landmark tree on paper with a keen eye for detail and a steady hand.
I've enjoyed the challenge of painting the Norfolk Island pine. It's been labour intensive... but I think, I hope, that I have captured the personality of my specimen. They do come across as really strong, dominating, loud, gregarious sort of plants. I'm quite fond of him now.
Angela Lober, 2015
Florilegium: Sydney’s painted garden
This exhibition celebrates the renaissance in the long tradition of botanic art and demonstrates the botanical and horticultural development of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and its links with domestic gardens and the public landscapes of New South Wales over 200 years from 1816 to 2016.