Plants in the Built Environment



Date: This is a two-half day workshop taking place on Thursdays 13 and 20 June 2019

Time: 9am - 12.30pm

Where: Lecture theatre, The Goodman Building, Adelaide Botanic Garden. Closest entrance is off Hackney Road, ticketed parking available.

Tickets: $360 per person (includes GST). Book via Eventbrite.

Please note that online bookings will incur a fee. Payment can also be made by cash, credit card or EFTPOS by calling 08 8222 9311.


Plants in the Built Environment

No matter how small your living space is, it is a fundamental requirement of well-being to connect with nature’s green spaces and living things. 

The information in this two-day workshop is just as valuable for a commercial or public space as it is for home.

With developers creating smaller and smaller blocks of land, and more subdivision and infill, we need to think more creatively about how we salvage our backyard culture to maintain productivity, self-expression and connection to nature and plants.

Where can we put a shade tree? Where do we grow fresh herbs? How do we create shelter and privacy? And how do we do this with plants in this new and challenging environment?

You will explore what plants to choose that support and create more eco and energy sustainable buildings, while also considering grey water systems, solar panels, rain water storage and harvest.

Learn to assess and adapt your built environment and associated garden spaces, irrespective of the size and purpose of the space.    

  • Consider the interface between your building and garden.
  • Explore how plants can become part of the solution.
  • Design a garden together with your neighbours by sharing resources while still creating liveable and effective gardens.
  • Discover how plants can enhance your indoor spaces and small areas: balconies, light wells, shed roof tops, tight narrow spaces and green walls are all ways to bring life and vitality to a small area.

Gain new ideas and a blueprint to make the best of what you already have. Invite your neighbours and explore the possibilities!


Collaborative delivery approach

The Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium of South Australia is proud to deliver a suite of courses in collaboration with Footprint Ink.

Footprint Ink are a passionate team of award-winning professionals with unique and transdisciplinary expertise. With experience in landscape architecture, design, education, community engagement and the arts, Footprint Ink works with a softy ecological footprint, offering long term solutions with minimal impact on resources and maximum benefit for all.


Presenter: Pam Gurner-Hall

Pam is a renowned plants woman having won many awards for her landscape designs. She has been delighting her clients over a long career with detailed planting plans that evolve and adapt, continuing to inspire as they age gracefully.

Pam has been an educator in horticulture and allied areas of design for 30 years. She is a well-known radio broadcaster in Adelaide, a business woman and entrepreneur.


Presenter: David Brown

David is an experienced Landscape Designer and educator. He has worked in a variety of technology and project management roles prior to completing studies in landscape design, horticulture and visual arts. Along with his role at Footprint Ink, David lectures and manages a small arts practice.



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