17 November 2021
What’s happening in the First Creek Wetland’s ‘settlement’ pond?An alga has been growing there that hasn’t been recorded in Adelaide for many years.
Date posted: 21 March 2018
Happy International Day of Forests! Established by the United Nations in 2012, today’s a global celebration of forests, providing a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of woodlands and trees, and celebrate the ways they sustain and protect us.
This year’s theme is Forests and Sustainable Cities, and the UN’s International Day of Forests website provides some epic information on why forests are so important.
For example, did you know forests store carbon (helping to mitigate the impact of climate change in and around urban areas)? Or that forests in and around urban areas help filter and regulate water, contributing to high-quality freshwater supplies for hundreds of millions of people?
Stop by to check them out during your next visit for a reminder of what make forests so special.
Australian Forest: It’s hard to believe you’re in the heart of a city when you’re standing in the middle of the Aussie Forest, along the western edge of the Bicentennial Conservatory. Talk a walk through here to discover the diversity of Australian plants including spectacular trees dating back to the original plantings of the Garden over 150 years ago, as well as trees from across Australia. Highlights include our huge Queensland Bottle Tree (Brachychiton rupestris) and towering Kauri Pines (Agathis robusta).
Bicentennial Conservatory: You’ll find a lush display of lowland rainforest plants from northern Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the Pacific Islands inside the “BiCon”. Many of these plants are at risk or endangered in their natural habitats.
Moreton Bay figs: They’ve become iconic sights in our Murdoch Avenue and Botanic Park so it’s easy to forget Ficus macrophylla these stunning trees are native to rainforests on Australia’s East Coast. Moreton Bay figs are a key source of food in the rainforest due to the huge number of fruit the trees produce.
Our cool-climate Adelaide Hills gem is bursting with diverse forest tree species (e.g. from coniferous forests) from the Northern Hemisphere, pretty much throughout the entire Garden.
Many were planted in the Garden in the 1950s, so they’re getting pretty huge! Highlights include:
Other forest trees and sections to keep an eye out for include:
Wittunga features a Woodland (low density forest) section full of Grey Box (Eucalyptus microcarpa).
This is the main, naturally-found ecosystem in this part of the Adelaide Hills and now occupies less than 3 per cent of the area it once did before European settlement due to urban development.
Grey Box Woodland provided important natural habitat for native animals and if you’re lucky, you might spot a koala or two.