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Simpson Shadehouse

Simpson Shadehouse

The Simpson Shadehouse is the perfect place to find inspiration for your veranda, outdoor entertaining areas and patches of your garden that may be in shade.

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.

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.

Recent posts

Saving Plants on Kangaroo Island – winter 2021 update

03 September 2021

Following the devastating 2020 bushfires on Kangaroo Island, scientists at the SA Seed Conservation Centre have visited the island a number of times to investigate what botanical treasures have regrown, and to collect seeds and plant specimens with a conservation aim.