Southern Highlands Botanical Illustration and Art Prize and Exhibition

18 Jul 2024 ‐

25 Aug 2024

10:00 am ‐ 4:00 pm


Visit Retford Park to view a stunning exhibition of works from an annual juried competition that features some of Australia’s best botanical artists.

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.

This annual Southern Highlands Botanical Illustration and Art Prize competition was open to the 400+ members of the Botanical Art Society of Australia (BASA). Examined by a jury, a stunning selection of standout entries is now on exhibition and for sale within the grounds of Bowral’s Retford Park.

This beautiful display 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.

Exhibition entry is free. 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.

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Plan your visit

Retford Park


1325 Old South Road, Bowral NSW 2576


Thursday to Sunday
10am – 4pm

House access is by guided tour only at set times: Thursday 10.30am, Friday 10.30am, Saturday 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm, Sunday 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm


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