Date posted: 23 December 2020
We are delighted to let visitors know that the Simpson Shadehouse in Adelaide Botanic Garden is now open!
It is the perfect place to find inspiration for your veranda, outdoor entertaining areas and patches of your garden that may be in shade.
The shadehouse has been closed since March 2019, when a Eucalyptus grandis branch fell and damaged the structure.
Since then, repairs have taken place and the botanical collection has been boosted with additional shade-loving plants.
Originally opened in 1919, the building is an example of an inter-war bush-house structure, with a shady tropical forest inside that provides refuge from South Australia's harsh climate.
It was named in honour of Mr Alfred Muller Simpson who served on the Board of Governors at Adelaide Botanic Garden from 1899-1917. Funds were generously donated by the family for the construction, costing £530 to build.
Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium Director, Dr Lucy Sutherland, stated that over time many gardens’ projects have been supported through philanthropy and this community contribution is highly valued.
A diverse botanical collection of plants can be found inside the Simson Shadehouse including tree ferns, rhapis palms, camellias, begonias, hydrangeas, fuschias, platycerium and pteris.
Find the shadehouse at D10 on the map, nestled between the Mediterranean Garden and Australian Forest.