New Shoots: A Garden of Poems at Wollongong Botanic Garden

New Shoots is a series of four poems produced as part of the Wollongong Botanic Garden’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2021.

The poems connect plants, people, and place. In collaboration with Red Room Poetry, Dakota Feirer, Kirli Saunders and Lillian Rodrigues-Pang wrote and performed poems inspired by the Garden and its annex sites at Mount Keira Summit Park and Puckey’s Estate.

Dakota Feirer

Mosaic of Secrets, by Dakota Feirer

A Haiku Garden Bed, by Dakota Feirer

“Mosaic of Secrets”, performed by Dakota Feirer:

“A Haiku Garden Bed”, performed by Dakota Feirer:

Kirli Saunders

Sun Downs and Seasons, by Kirli Saunders

“Sun Downs and Seasons”, performed by Kirli Saunders:

Lillian Rodrigues-Pang Icon

Lillian Rodrigues-Pang

Shinrin-yoku Nature Bathing Healing, by Lillian Rodrigues-Pang

“Shinrin-yoku Nature Bathing Healing”, performed by Lillian Rodrigues-Pang:


Poems – Plants – Red Room Poetry – Dakota Feirer – Kirli Saunders – Lillian Rodrigues-Pang – Wollongong Botanical Gardens – Mount Keira Summit Park – Puckey’s Estate

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New Shoots’ Photo Album