Artist in Residence

1st February-31st March, 2024

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 10am - 3pm

Treehouse Visitors Centre, Wellington Botanic Garden ki Paekākā 

The Friends of the Wellington Botanic Garden warmly welcome Sandra Morris, this year's Artist in Residence, to the Wellington Botanic Garden. Sandra will immerse herself in the Garden's enchanting surroundings, following the Friends' simple brief: to showcase the Garden's magnificence.

With a lifelong passion for education and illustration, Morris is well-equipped to hero the flora and fauna of the Garden. Her artistic journey began with bedtime sketches from her father, with an owl sketch being the most memorable. Today, she is a New Zealand phenomenon, recognized for her acclaimed children's book "One Lonely Kakapo," earning her the prestigious Russell Clark award.

Sandra is excited about renewing her love affair with the Wellington Botanic Garden, she plans to sketch in the gardens, interact with the public and staff, and observe the intriguing relationships between birds, insects, and plants.

Stationed in a sunny corner of the Treehouse, Morris invites you to witness her creative process and engage in conversations about her work. Original artworks, prints, and cards will be available for purchase during her tenure, offering you a chance to bring a piece of the Garden's beauty into your home.

Sandra is running workshops in March, providing a unique chance for you to explore your artistic side. Follow the below links for more details and to purchase tickets:

Beginners Botanical Watercolours - Join Sandra in learning tips and tricks for watercolour botanicals using plants from around the gardens.

Nature Journaling - Learn Sandra's process for creating beautiful journal pages. You will learn the art of careful observation, different journalling techniques and the use of creative hand lettering.