Botanical Art with local artist, Cathy Franzi

At Pollen we are fortunate to be surrounded by an abundance of nature. We often hear our patrons discussing the inspiration they have derived from a walk around the gardens - it is a delight to hear! We recently caught up with Cathy Franzi, a local artist who creates art inspired by her in-depth studies of nature. Cathy is a ceramic artist who recently graduated with a PhD from the Ceramics Workshop at the ANU's School of Art & Design. Prior to her study of ceramics she completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Sydney, which informs the scientific approach she takes to her artistic endeavours. “The subject of my work stems from doing what I love, that is to be in nature, and plant

Pesky possums – what to do if you live with the party animals

If ever there were a party animal, the possum would own the night. Pest or pal, the well-known Australian marsupial is renowned for making special guest appearance at parties, becoming stuck in your roof and even weeing on your dog. In Canberra the most common type of possum is the Brush-Tail Possum, fondly nicknamed ‘Brushie’. They like social evenings on the deck, long walks along power lines and romantic dinners in your veggie patch. We caught up with the friendly rangers at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, who party with possums regularly, to get their expert opinion on how to deal with pesky possums. Like most party guests, possums like their food. If you feed them, avoid starch

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

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