Adelaide Botanic Garden's Boy and Serpent Fountain undergoing restoration

30 April 2018

Date posted: 01 May 2018

Adelaide Botanic Garden's 1908-built Boy and Serpent fountain - the centrepiece of the Economic Garden - has been taken off-site for restoration works.

The fountain is one of the last surviving of its kind in the world and it has been showing signs of corrosion and coatings failure, so the decision was made to restore it to preserve it for future generations.

The restoration is expcted to take up to 12 weeks, with the fountain to be reinstalled in July-August 2018.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The restoration is just one of a suite of new projects planned for the Botanic Gardens in 2018 to improve the visitor experience and value of the living collections.

These include the restoration of the 1877-built Palm House, construction of a teaching glasshouse at Adelaide Botanic Garden’s Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden; the installation of night-lighting along the Garden’s historic Ficus Avenue; the construction of amphitheatre-style seating in Botanic Park; a new indigenous Flinders Ranges flora display in Adelaide Botanic Garden’s eastern entrance; and the installation of potable water at Mount Lofty Botanic Garden.

To stay up-to-date on the restoration and reinstallation process, follow Adelaide Botanic Garden’s Facebook page and subscribe to the Botanic Gardens’ e-newsletter.

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