Style… it’s a passion of mine.

The doors swing open and before you the intricate beauty of Pollen unfolds as your eyes dart from colour to detail and then back again. As your coffee is being prepared, you notice the textured linen of the menu. It’s a blue so deep you’re drawn in and the flash of metallic copper is all that stops you from daydreaming. Tracy Keeley relishes in the opportunity to transform cafes and curate a feeling within that space. Here she shares her story of the elements involved in creating Pollen. Over the years I have learned that my style is about incorporating function, versatility and beauty. For me, conveying a vision to an audience is about developing a concept. It lays the foundation for the to

A beautiful place to sit …

"Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and grass grows by itself." - Bashō Matsuo Wandering through a shady garden, you stumble across a cottage. It welcomes you in, promising a warm cup of tea overlooking the verdant grounds. A place to rest. If you’ve come to visit the Botanic Gardens recently, you’ve probably noticed that the tired old kiosk is gone and a vibrant splash of style has emerged in its place: Pollen Café. It has become an oasis, just minutes out of the bustling city. A place where tranquillity abounds and you’ll want to stay for a long lunch. Owner, Tracy Keeley, talks lovingly about the transformation explaining that her travels have been an inspiration. “I love visit

Welcome to the Pollen blog!

We’re glad you’re here. It’s been so exciting for us to re-open the ANBG Café’s doors after extensive renovations. You’ll notice things are a little different now and there’s a whole new vibe! Where once stood a demure kiosk I am proud to welcome you to a space filled with light and beauty. Nestled among native flora, Pollen offers a warm and inviting treat after a stroll through the gardens, a place for friends and family to share a meal and a destination for private dinners, parties and weddings. We hope you love it as much as we do! We want to keep sharing Pollen news with you – hence, you are reading the very first post on our brand new blog. Here, we’ll feature reviews, recipes, style s

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Pollen is located at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra, Australia

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