Plant Motifs

The supporters of a Southern Highlands regional gallery will present 'Plant Motifs’ an exhibition of prints from the collection by key mid to late 20th century Australian print makers who have been inspired by the natural world.

Plants as motifs in art have been used to represent the ‘civilisation’ of land by westerners and also the indigenous ‘wildness’ of exotic places. Artists Una Foster, John Coburn, Alun Leach-Jones and Robyn Mayo have used plants as motifs in their artworks via direct observation and synthesising their forms.

The Supporters of a Southern Highlands Regional Gallery Inc having been active since 1994 in encouraging the arts and lobbying for a Regional Gallery in the Wingecarribee Shire.

Note: This exhibition is part of the Open Gardens on the above mentioned dates – the normal entry fee will apply.


Image:  Print by Robyn Mayo


1325 Old South Road, Bowral
Directions: Head up Merrigang Street from Bong Bong Street, the main street in Bowral.
Follow to the end of Merrigang and turn right at the ‘T’ intersection.
Watch for the Retford Park white gate, the second driveway on the left.


Open Gardens:
The gardens will open on the first weekend of each month from 10am to 4pm.

Please note: if the first of the month falls on a Sunday, it is that weekend that the garden and/or house is open to the public.

Open Garden & House:
Tours of the house are available on the Open Garden weekends in February, May and August.
Bookings are essential – Tickets will be available in January 2019
Open 10am to 4pm.

* Retford Park will also host a number of special events throughout the year – all will be listed on this page.*


Christmas and New Year
Australia Day
Anzac Day
Queen's Birthday

(02) 48611933
Entry Fees:

Open Garden entry fees:
Adults - $15
Concession (including children) - $10
National Trust members - Free
Family - $35

Open Garden and House entry fees: (Bookings are essential)
Please see link below in the ‘What’s On’ section.
Adult - $25
Concession (including children) - $18
National Trust members -$15

(Sorry, there are no 'House Only' tickets.)

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