Botanic Gardens Day 2019




Sunday 26 May 2019 at:

Adelaide Botanic Garden

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

Wittunga Botanic Garden

Join us and thousands of people at Botanic Gardens across Australia and New Zealand as we celebrate National Botanic Gardens Day!

Explore your local botanic garden to immerse yourself in nature and learn about some of the amazing plant conservation work taking place to protect plants from the threat of extinction.

Bring your friends and family, and prepare to be inspired! South Australia's Botanic Gardens are the perfect place to uncover a new passion for protecting the plants that give us life. Each of our three gardens engage in conservation of both native Australian species and threatened plants from overseas.

The importance of plants cannot be understated. They are the source of most traditional and herbal medicines and, with malnutrition effecting approximately 800 million people worldwide, botanic gardens will play an important role in addressing food shortages with viable food plant options.

Based at Adelaide Botanic Garden, the State Herbarium and SA Seed Conservation Centre undertake vital conservation work every day. 

The State Herbarium is the key centre for knowledge and information on South Australia's native and naturalised plants, algae, fungi and lichens. It’s internationally recognised for its research and advisory role in plant systematics.

The SA Seed Conservation Centre helps to protect the state’s threatened plant species from extinction, while supporting the restoration of habitats around South Australia. 


Events taking place on National Botanic Gardens Day:

Mission: Being in Space

Adelaide Botanic Garden - 10am-3pm

Attention Space Cadets! You've discovered a galaxy far, far away - but how will you get there?

Free and no booking required.

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Palm House Tour

Adelaide Botanic Garden - 11am

Re-live the story of why the garden acquired this amazing piece of architecture and how, while a historical building, it is still playing a part in protecting rare and endangered species as part of the garden's living collection. 

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Tour the Old Tram Barn

Adelaide Botanic Garden - 11am

The heritage-listed Tram Barn A was once part of a sprawling complex housing the Adelaide tram fleet.

Now the State Herbarium, it houses over one million plant specimens. See cultural and natural history in the one place and learn about the Herbarium's role in plant science, conservation and management. 

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Plants, People and Culture: The Santos Museum of Economic Botany

Adelaide Botanic Garden - open from 10am - 4pm

Adelaide's Museum of Economic Botany is the last museum of its type in the world and showcases the intersection of plants, people and culture.

Built in 1881 the museum has an inspiring purpose and a fascinating collection. Visit from 10am - 4pm for a self-guided tour. 

No tickets required. Find the museum in the centre of Adelaide Botanic Garden near the Diggers Shop and Fibonacci Cafe.


Masterclass in Plant Propagation

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden - 9.45am - 3pm

Discover how to succeed with seedlings, take cuttings of rare plants and save money with this expert-led one-day workshop.

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Botanic Gardens Day 2019 is a family-friendly event proudly brought to you by Bganz