From our Partners at the Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens

Artisans in the Gardens is an exciting and diverse range of artworks inspired by nature in all its forms. A celebration of the natural world, Artisans in the Gardens, now celebrating its 21st-anniversary event, brings together an extraordinary range of artwork.

Hear from the past curator, ex-RBGDT trustee, past Friends of the Gardens president, current tour leader and Growing Friends volunteer, Tim Jackson, who is our guest speaker on the night, as he acknowledges the incredible work, commitment and passion it takes to have such a successful and long-running volunteer exhibition supporting our beautiful gardens.

Artisans 21st Anniversary Exhibition – 10:00-16:00 Saturday 29 October-Sunday 6 November

The exhibition showcases some of Australia’s best established and emerging artists and craftspeople with over 3,000 artworks including sculpture, ceramics, hand-blown glass, jewellery, textiles, plus so much more.

The pieces are thought-provoking, awe-inspiring, functional and beautiful pieces of art. The artistic inspiration for the works draws on the intrinsic beauty of nature as well as current environmental issues and sustainability. All artwork sales support your Botanic Gardens.

Other Artisans activities include

  • Morning/Afternoon Tea with Curator Libby Wright – Wednesday 2 November
  • Painting Memories on Ceramics with Isabella Edwards – Friday 4 November
  • Artisans Spring Walk High Tea – Saturday 5 November

Growing Friends Open Weekend Plant Sales – Saturday 5-Sunday 6 November

Celebrating Artisans in the Garden, the Growing Friends Nursery extends its hours and offers its most beautiful plants in an open weekend plant sale.  Shop for a great range of native and exotic, rare and hard-to-find (including endangered) plants.  Among the wide selection expect new varieties of begonias, succulents, and ferns, and a limited number of bromeliad ‘garden artworks’ and beautiful ‘indoor garden’ pots.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Gardens and thank you for your ongoing support.

Our Members enjoy the perks and benefits (such as complimentary tickets) from our partnerships with Botanical Gardens, Waratahs and Sydney Dance Company. For any Membership enquiries or to reinstate your Membership, contact the team at