Flora of Australia

About this Exhibition

Organized by the Botanical Art Society of Australia, Australia’s exhibition will be held in Canberra opening in May of 2018. Artists can enter up to three images of “wild plants indigenous to Australia”. BASA has a busy calendar of workshops and exhibitions throughout 2017, leading up to the worldwide exhibition. Events will be scheduled for the Worldwide Day of Botanical Art on May 18, 2018.

Further information can be found on BASA’s website at: http://www.botanicalartsocietyaustralia.com/event/world-wide-exhibition-of-botanical-art-2018-expressions-of-interest-in-participating/?instance_id=290


This Gymea Lily is one of the world’s most magnificent flowers, partly because of its brilliantly colored flower, and partly because of its sheer size, its spike sometimes reaching as much as 20’ in height. It is only found in coastal areas and adjacent mountains of southeastern Australia, near Sydney. 

Beverly Allen’s dramatic and statuesque painting is life-sized, at 39” (99cm) high.

Gymea Lily, Doryanthes excelsa, watercolor on paper ©Beverly Allen

Photo courtesy Beverly Allen.


A group of artists at work in Jenny Phillips’ Botanical Art School of Melbourne.


Painting of Gymea Lily in progress in Beverly Allen’s studio.

Photo courtesy Jenny Phillips

Photo courtesy Jenny Phillips


Botanical Art Society of Australia

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Steering Committee

Christine Cansfield-Smith
Sandra L’Anson
Thea Clark

exhibition Venue

Canberra (Exhibition venue to be announced)

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