Jacarandas are synonymous with spring in Brisbane. As the weather warms up each October, the trees lining our streets suddenly burst with that characteristic purple – a sign of picnic days and tropical rain storms to come.
Some of our favourite displays of this famous ‘purple rain’ are in New Farm Park, by the University of Queensland lakes, and of course, our own version, captured in oil. R. Godfrey Rivers’ Under the jacaranda is one of the most popular pieces in the Queensland Art Gallery Collection. It is believed to depict the first jacaranda ever grown in Australia, which was planted in Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens from a Brazilian seed in 1864. Many of the trees in Brisbane have been grown from the seeds and cuttings of this first jacaranda – including the saplings given to new mothers in the 1930s and ‘40s to accompany them home from hospital.
When the city is in purple bloom, it’s easy to forget the trees as they lie dormant in winter. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favourite jacaranda-hued finds – so you bask in springtime all year round!
Under the jacaranda is currently on display in ‘Moving Pictures: Towards a rehang of Australian Art’.
WHY DON’T YOU SPEND A SUNDAY MORNING VISITING UNDER THE JACARANDA AT QAG, THEN CATCH THE CITYCAT TO NEW FARM PARK FOR A PICNIC UNDER THE TREES?