Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Biggest Crowd Ever at Horticulture Meeting

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Biggest Crowd Ever at Horticulture Meeting

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LAST Saturday's Gympie Municipal Horticultural Society gathering at the Honey Bee Farm at Kandanga attracted attracted 85 members - the biggest crowd ever to attend a society meeting.

President Henry Kross welcomed members, visitors and guest speaker Dr Nita Lester along to the first meeting of the year.

John and Dorothy McCabe were presented with a certificate and a brochure about the society's history, and John was happy to say a few words.

Dr Lester spoke about Botanical Art - The Art and The History.

Several artworks were discussed covering different eras like Egyptian, early Greek, early Roman and medevial times.

Artists were becoming more aware of the plants' usefulness in terms of medicine and gardens with more details being recorded and illustrated over the years on the walls of buildings.

The invention of the microscope in the 1590s opened up a new world of discovery and study of the smallest living things in our water, in our food and under our nose.

Flower painting means the flowers are botanical but are not botanically correct. It does not have enough information to determine whether it is a rose or could be other plants.

This applies to 1890 Monet artworks.

Pen and ink is currently Dr Lester's favourite medium but occasionally colour creeps in and energises the piece.

The plant (flower/seed) is pulled apart with all stages of the life cycles being recorded. This is called botanical illustration.

In 2006 Dr Lester noticed a stunning chance-hybrid grevillea with silver foliage and musk-pink flowers.

She successfully propagated the plant and grevillea Dorothy Gordon was offically released on April 26, 2014 at Myall Park Botanic Garden.

This plant was then illustrated voluntarily by the guest speaker and now forms part of the fine china collection. These proceeds go towards to the upkeep of the gardens. …

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