City Deal delivers $750,000 upgrade to Wittunga Botanic Garden

Date posted: 04 April 2019

Wittunga Botanic Garden has received a $750,000 investment for garden upgrades and the installation of a nature play space as part of the Adelaide City Deal, a partnership between the State Government, Federal Government and City of Adelaide.

Friends of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide President Merilyn Kuchel said the Friends are delighted to receive the news about Wittunga Botanic Garden.

“The Friends have been sharing the many stories Wittunga Botanic Garden has to offer for over 40 years,” Ms Kuchel said.

“Wittunga showcases hundreds of species that are well adapted to our hot and dry summers and the labelled collection makes it easy for visitors to identify the plants they might want to trial in their own home gardens.”

Board of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium Presiding Member Judy Potter said the investment will enable new experiences for visitors to Wittunga Botanic Garden.

“Since its establishment in 1975, Wittunga Botanic Garden has become a part of South Australia’s cultural identity, welcoming more than 124,000 visitors a year,” Ms Potter said.

“Thanks to the Adelaide City Deal, the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium can upgrade parts of the garden and install new nature spaces, attracting new visitors to enjoy our garden oasis.”

Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium Director Dr Lucy Sutherland said South Australia’s three Botanic Gardens in Adelaide, Mount Lofty and Wittunga are must-visit destinations.

“The Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium is treasured by all South Australians and its Gardens are the state’s most visited destinations,” Dr Sutherland said.

“The City Deal will enhance the heritage-listed Wittunga Botanic Garden and attract more tourists to enjoy this marvellous Garden in the Mitcham Hills.”


Background information

Wittunga Botanic Garden was originally established in 1902 as a private residence by naturalist Edwin Ashby, whose pioneering horticultural techniques are still used today.

The estate was bequeathed to the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium by Edwin’s son in 1965, and was opened to the public as a botanic garden in 1975.

The Adelaide City Deal a commitment by the State and Federal Governments and the City of Adelaide, designed to boost economic growth, enliven cultural tourism and build the city’s future as a centre of innovation excellence.