Adelaide Botanic Garden Masterplan



The Botanic Gardens of South Australia invites you to share your views on proposed enhancements to Adelaide Botanic Garden!

These exciting new changes 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.

Director of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium, Dr Lucy Sutherland, says that community feedback is a vital part of the decision making process.

“It is important that we engage with the people who will be using Adelaide Botanic Garden, and the State Herbarium, to ensure the Adelaide Botanic Garden Masterplan 2020 reflects what our community wants and needs into the future.

“We think these plans will allow us to continue to deliver our strategic goals of creating a destination garden, deepening scientific understanding and facilitating life-long learning opportunities,” Dr Sutherland said.

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. 

The public are invited to read the draft Adelaide Botanic Garden Masterplan 2020 and FAQs, then give their feedback via a short online survey or on the discussion board at

Your input will help shape the final Adelaide Botanic Garden Masterplan 2020, which will guide future infrastructure investment and development in Adelaide Botanic Garden.

The opportunity to offer feedback closes at 11:59am on Wednesday 18 November 2020.