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'The Art of Healing - Medicine, Myth and Magic'

Botanical Art exhibition poster - The Art of Healing, Medicine, Myth and Magic at Auckland Botanical Gardens
'A Shakespearean Herbal' by Sandra Morris
'Eucalyptus leaves' by Birgit Rhode
23 Apr 2022 to 3 Jul 2022
8am - 4pm Sat April 23rd to 3pm Sun 3rd July
An exhibition of contemporary Botanical Art by members of the Friends of the Auckland Botanic Garden Art Group
Event type: 
Art, Exhibition, Public Art
Auckland Botanic Gardens
102 Hill Road Manurewa Auckland 2105



'The Art of Healing – Medicine, Myth and Magic' 

An exhibition of contemporary botanical art

Throughout the history of mankind plants have been used for healing, many ancient remedies being proven by science to have the properties our ancestors claimed although many, of course, did not.

Plants feature in most cultures’ mythology – in New Zealand for example, the blood of the young warrior Tawhaki, when he fell from heaven to earth, colouring the red flowers of pohutukawa - which also has medicinal properties in its inner bark.

Magical qualities abound, particularly in old fashioned herbs; the sweet little viola – heartsease – able to cure skin conditions and mend broken hearts; the blue flowers of borage instilling courage; rosemary, effective for headaches and safeguarding against witches and lavender, also effective for curing headaches and keeping evil at bay, are just a few!

So, come along and enjoy the practical, beautiful, mythical and magical plants shown in this exhibition by the Friends of Auckland Botanical Gardens Art Group.

Showing in the Visitor Centre Gallery at the Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Road, Manurewa, from April 23rd to July 3rd, 2022.

Written by

Lesley Alexander

18 Apr 2022

I am a botanical artist living in Auckland. Originally from the UK, I studied Scientific Illustration (BA Hons 1st class) at Middlesex Polytechnic and worked as a medical illustrator before coming to NZ with my Kiwi husband and 3 young children in 2003.