Members of the public were invited to share their views on proposed enhancements to Adelaide Botanic Garden between 9 October - 18 November, 2020 at the YourSAy website.
The changes were outlined in a Masterplan and are designed to enrich the garden experience for visitors, protect heritage assets and maintain a site of horticultural excellence in growing, displaying and conserving plants.
The plans are about making the gardens sustainable long-term while giving visitors an exceptional experience and integrating with the new Lot Fourteen global innovation precinct and the cultural hub along North Terrace.
Activities outlined in the Masterplan include:
- Re-use of the Francis Arbour to create a new entrance hub between Lot Fourteen and Adelaide Botanic Garden, which may include a shop.
- Revitalisation of the living plant collections and landscapes.
- Site infrastructure upgrades such as improved pathways, directional signage and public toilets. New additions may include a teaching glasshouse, a bridge over Main Lake, and a raised boardwalk through Ficus Avenue to improve accessibility and longevity of the 150-year-old trees.
- Improving and increasing curated visitor experiences, such as more botanical interpretation and new infrastructure to support opening the garden in the evening for events.
- Conservation restoration work on heritage buildings.
- Implementation of sustainable water management systems, and work to enable the garden to be more water supply self-sufficient.
- Identification of long-term accommodation solutions to protect the state’s botanical collections.
Feedback from the public was included in the Masterplan, which was finalised in June 2021 and can be read here .