Gardening enquiries



Unfortunately the Botanic Gardens of South Australia is unable to provide gardening, plant identification and technical advice, but the information below may be able to assist with your enquiry.

Or perhaps a gardening workshop might arm you with the skills and knowledge to tackle that burning question?

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The Botanic Gardens of South Australia’s Plant Selector+ is a handy tool if you’re wondering what plants are most suitable for your garden.

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Nurseries and Garden Centres

Many local nurseries and garden centres can be a great help in providing advice and referral to other gardening services. Try Nurseries Online, a directory of the Nursery and Garden Industry Australia.

The Diggers shop in Adelaide Botanic Garden has helpful staff on hand to help with your queries, and you can find advice on the Diggers website.

Government Departments and Local Councils

Although public organisations are not available for verbal garden advice, many produce information material that is relevant and helpful for gardeners.

Local Councils and libraries are an excellent resource for books, magazines, leaflets and internet access.

Open Gardens SA

Open Gardens SA is a not-for-profit organisation first established in 2015 after the disbandment of the famous national open garden scheme. Open Gardens SA opens private gardens to the public and, in doing so, it educates and promotes the enjoyment, knowledge and benefits of gardens and gardening in South Australia, builds strong public support for the development of gardens.


Some gardening books are available for purchase at the Gardens' reception in the Goodman Building, Hackney Road. The Diggers Shop, located in Adelaide Botanic Garden, stocks a range of books on gardening and horticulture.


The following publications and programs offer sound gardening advice to the public on a regular basis.

Gardening Education

The Botanic Gardens of South Australia runs a number of gardening Master Classes throughout the year. Visit the Australian Centre of Horticultural Excellence page for more information and to register your interest.