Floriography: The Secret Language of Flowers

A talk by acclaimed Australian author Dr Kate Forsyth | Thursday 20 February 2020 6PM

Dr Kate Forsyth, author and storyteller, celebrates the fascinating history and symbology of twelve flowers often depicted in art. She will investigate such beloved blossoms as the rose, which paradoxically represents both innocence and desire, beauty and pain, life and death; the lily, said to have sprung from the breast milk of the goddess Hera along with the Milky Way; and the sunflower which was domesticated before corn, worshipped by the Incas, farmed by the Cherokees, grown in their millions by the Russia Czar, and famously painted by Vincent van Gogh. Kate will also explore Australian native flowers such as the waratah, its name a corruption of the Eora word ‘warada’ meaning ‘beautiful’ and Sturt’s desert pea, called ‘the flower of blood’ by many indigenous communities.

Image: Jacqueline Hick (Australia 1919 – 2004), Strangers, 1952, Adelaide, oil on cardboard, 67.2 x 47.0 cm, Purchase Elder Bequest Fund 1952, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 0.1477


Cost: $25 (including a complimentary glass of wine)

Numbers limited. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Limited parking available onsite.


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