Inaugural Southern Highlands Botanical Art and Illustration Prize Exhibition

An exhibition of works from a new annual juried competition featuring some of Australia’s best botanical artists.

A collaboration between CanAssist, the Botanical Art Society of Australia and Retford Park, featuring an annual juried prize and exhibition of competition entries.

Described as a liaison between the disciplines of art and science, botanical art aims to capture the essence of the plant; its form, texture and growth habits, in a two-dimensional medium such as painting and drawing. The typical range of subjects for the botanical artist include native and exotic flowers and plants, fruits and vegetables.

The competition will be open to the 400+ members of the Botanical Art Society of Australia (BASA) and a selection of entries will be exhibited and for sale within the stunning grounds of Retford Park.

This exhibition supports the fundraising work by CanAssist Southern Highlands, a volunteer-run charity that provides financial help to people in the local area undergoing cancer treatment.

Artwork: Red Hippeastrum painting by Elaine Musgrave.


Exhibition details

The Inaugural Southern Highlands Botanical Art and Illustration Prize Exhibition will be displayed in the White Cottage at Retford Park and is available to view 10am – 4pm, Friday – Monday, 16 July – 15 August 2022.


How to book your tickets

This is a free event.

Tickets for house and garden tours can be purchased separately for those wishing to get a glimpse inside historic Retford Park and its impressive surrounds.

Book house and garden tickets via Eventbrite where possible, to guarantee a spot, unless you are redeeming a Service NSW $25 Discover voucher. You are welcome to use your voucher at this National Trust Property when you purchase your tickets upon arrival.



In association with CanAssist Southern Highlands and the Botanical Art Society of Australia.


Plan your Visit

Retford Park


1325 Old South Road, Bowral
(See directions above)


Gardens: Friday to Monday, 10am – 4pm
House Tours: Saturday and Sunday, 10.30am & 12.30pm


15 - 18 April 2022 (Easter long weekend)
25 April 2022 (Anzac Day)

02 4861 1933
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