Economic Botany Today with Professor David Mabberley

18 May 2015

Date posted: 01 October 2015

Even if you have only a passing interest in the plant kingdom, you won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to learn from one of the world’s great botanical minds, Professor David Mabberley.

Over six intimate lecture-demonstrations in October (Monday and Tuesday, 26th and 27th), Professor Mabberley’s Economic Botany Today Master Class will explore the relationship between plants and people, the fascinating daily encounters of which include food, textiles, medicines, drugs, dyes, pesticides and perfumes.

Class participants (you don't have to be a botanist or ethnobotanist to get a kick out of Professor Mabberley's teachings) will come away with a deeper understanding of plants – how they’ve shaped our past and how they can impact our future.

Spliced among the six lecture-demonstrations will be daily morning and afternoon teas and lunches, a tour of the Santos Museum of Economic Botany with Curator Tony Kanellos, a tour of germane parts of Adelaide Botanic Garden Living Collections with Director Stephen Forbes, and a class-concluding botanical cocktail party.

Professor Mabberley was formerly Director of the Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (UK) and Executive Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust in Sydney. With degrees from both Oxford and Cambridge and 20 years as a Tutorial Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, he’s also a prolific author with almost 300 publications to his name (including the indispensable Mabberley’s Plant-Book – a classic botanical reference that gives an overview of the world’s flora). Professor Mabberley is currently an Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College, University of Oxford, and Extraordinary Professor at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn from a true botanical master in a small and intimate group setting! Class size is limited to 16 places so book now to avoid disappointment.

Download the Economic Botany Today Master Class Flyer for more information.

Read writer Philip White's review of Professor Mabberley's 2014 Master Class.


Monday 26 & Tuesday 27 October 2015


9am - 5pm


Noel Lothian Hall
Adelaide Botanic Garden – map available on the Master Class Flyer.

Course presenters

Professor David Mabberley


$550 per person (if paid by 31 August)

$695 standard rate

Book your place today.

Please be aware of the Master Class Cancellation Policy .

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