Ngāi Tipu Taketake – Indigenous Flora

About this Exhibition

Organized by the Botanical Art Society of New Zealand and Auckland Botanic Gardens and supported by Friends of Auckland Botanic Gardens, New Zealand’s exhibition will take place from March 30 – July 1, 2018 at Auckland Botanical Garden. The exhibition will then travel around the country; including:   Wellington Botanic Gardens (August 1 - September 9), Millennium Gallery, Blenheim (November 3 - December 9) and the to Christchurch, dates will be announced soon. Entries have been juried by a team consisting of Sri Benham, Dr. Ross Ferguson, and Rebecca Stanley. A total of 56 artworks will hang at Auckland Botanic Gardens from 42 artists, including 3 students from secondary schools in Auckland, have been accepted from a field of 98 entries. Please see more info here:


New Zealand flax is a very tough and fibrous plant, with spiky flower stalks. Birds and insects love the brilliant flowers filled with nectar, and its seedpods are long, twisted, and coppery in color. It has become a popular, dramatic flower in cultivation.


Three of the forty artworks selected for inclusion

   Knightia excelsa , watercolor on paper, ©Jenny Haslimeier

Knightia excelsa, watercolor on paper, ©Jenny Haslimeier

New Zealand Flax, Phormium tenax korari II, watercolor on paper ©Suzy Abbott

   Agathis australis , watercolor on vellum, ©Lesley Alexander Smith

Agathis australis, watercolor on vellum, ©Lesley Alexander Smith

  Photo courtesy Sandra Morris

Photo courtesy Sandra Morris

Artist Sandra Morris sketching in the field.


Friends of Auckland Botanical Gardens and Botanical Art Society of New Zealand, Inc.

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Steering Committee

Lesley Smith Alexander
Sandra Morris

exhibition Venue

Auckland Botanic Gardens

  Courtesy Auckland Botanic Gardens Gallery

Courtesy Auckland Botanic Gardens Gallery


Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland, 2105



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