Plotlines: precious weeds

Precious weeds

They might look like weeds poking out of cracks in the street but these “pins” are in fact wearable pieces of jewellery and pedestrians across Melbourne should keep their eyes peeled for them over the coming week. Made with fake foliage by artists Lauren Simeoni and Melinda Young they are a comment on what we use – at the expense of natural plant life – to adorn our environment. One hundred pins, each of which sports a label inviting further dialogue on Instagram, will be deposited for the taking between September  7 and 15 as part of the Radiant Pavilion contemporary jewellery and object biennial.

Weed pins by artists Lauren Simeoni and Melinda Young.Credit:Radiant Pavilion

Also part of the biennial are garden-related works by Cara Johnson looking at the way people manage plants and the landscape. Johnson has an exhibition at Domain House, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and also a site-specific work installed in the indigenous grass beds near the RBG visitor centre (both until September 15). Go to for more information about the biennial.

Cara Johnson’s work on show as part of Radiant Pavilion.Credit:Radiant Pavilion

Sri Lankan lecture

It rains 200 days a year at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, where thousands of tropical plants, including vast numbers of orchids and long avenues of palm trees, attract about two million visitors each year. Volunteer guide at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne Lynsey Poore recently perused the place and will next week give an illustrated talk about all she saw. Poore will speak on Wednesday, September 11 at 7pm for 7.30pm, Burnley campus, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond, $20/$10 Friends of Burnley Gardens.

Piet Oudolf film

Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf is being screened at the Johnston Collection in East Melbourne from 12pm to 2pm on Friday, September 13, $25/$20 members. Go to to make a booking.

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