The Wildflower Art and Garden Festival is an annual celebration at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden in St Ives. The festival is held in August, and includes native plant sales, stunning wildflower displays, guided walks through the gardens, exhibitions from local businesses, and food and drink stalls. Children can participate in activities like pond dip netting, craft workshops, and all are welcome to take in the Australian wildlife displays and performances from community groups.
In recent years, a Sculpture Walk has been added to the event, attracting submissions from local artists, who are asked to create sculptures to a brief. Prizes are awarded, and the best sculptures are displayed throughout the Wildflower Garden.
2017 Sculpture Walk
This year's entries were of a high standard, and the following artists were selected to be included in the walk:
- Stephanie Powell -Oceans of Plastic
- Janny Grant - We Stand Together
- Sharon Salmi - Autobirds
- Julianne Smallwood & Jacqueline McBeath - Urban Decay
- Felicity Heap - Connected
- Barbara Hamilton - More than a Tree (The Baza, The Phasmid and the Ant) - watch the accompaniment video here
- Dia McNamara - The Bottle Top Flower; Sarah The Bottle Top Fish
- Sandy Cooper - Exotic
- Angela Van Boxtel - Flos Rabidus
In a first for the sculpture walk competition, all artists included were women. Barbara Hamilton was awarded first place for her work 'More than a Tree', Dia MacNamara came second for 'The Bottle Top Flower', and Sandy Cooper took out third place for 'Exotic'. Janny Grant's 'We Stand Together' was highly commended by judges.
At nine years old, second place-winner Dia MacNamara was notable for being the youngest ever artist and prize winner to enter the competition. Dia is also a former Junior Ranger at the Wildflower Garden.
If you have any questions please contact the Wildflower Garden office firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9424 0354.