x pollination

The Artists of the Round Yard interpret the beautiful outcomes of cross-pollination in nature and in society. This exhibition explores creativity, our world and proliferation.

This exhibition is available to view in the grounds of Retford Park between 16 October 2021 and 3 January 2022, Fridays – Mondays, 10am – 4pm.

Photo credit: Secret Garden, Mixed Media, Slavica Zivkovic, 2021.

In its simplest meaning, x pollination is the joining together of two different things: genetic constitutions, cultures, or the cross fertilisation of ideas. This is the premise of an exhibition for the creative group based at Retford Park; the Artists of the Round Yard (ARY). This spring, ARY’s fifteen artists bring as many interpretations of x pollination. Some of the artists are inspired by nature and some by the connections between people.
From a biological perspective, the exhibition’s theme aligns perfectly with the ethos of garden management at Retford Park which embraces both creativity and the conservation of beauty. From an ideological point of view, sharing, inspiring, and influencing each other is one of ARY’s founding principles.

During your visit you’re encouraged to also explore the beautifully manicured gardens of Retford including the exquisite swimming pool and pavilion, sculptures and don’t forget to wave at the emu’s!

The exhibition in the White Cottage and the Round Yard includes paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, and much more.


  • Tickets: Free access to exhibition in White Cottage and Round Yard. Standard entry fees apply for garden and house access. Tickets can be purchased via Evenbrite (they will be released closer to the event).
  • Enquiries: Please email the Property Manager, Ann Frederick via afrederick@nationaltrust.com.au


Plan your Visit

Retford Park


1325 Old South Road, Bowral
(See directions above)

02 4861 1933
Entry Fees:

Garden Visit - Timed Entry: (Bookings are essential)

Opening hours: 10am to 4pm (last session 3pm)

National Trust members - FREE
Adults - $15
* Concession - $10
(* Concession applies for full-time students, seniors, pensioners and children aged 5-15 years.)
Family- $35

Bookings are essential. There is no food and beverage service on site, we recommend packing water, snacks and lunch for your visit.

Tour of the House & Garden Visit - Timed Entry: (Bookings are essential)
3 tours per day: Tours commencing at 10.30am, 12.15pm & 2pm.

National Trust members - $17
Adults - $28
* Concession - $20
(* Concession applies for full-time students, seniors, pensioners and children aged 5-15 years.)

Please note: To ensure we can manage timed entry and safe physical distancing, we are asking visitors to pre-purchase tickets via Eventbrite. Booking fees will apply.

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