Designing with plants



Date: Tuesday 6 August 2019

Time: 9am - 4pm

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

Tickets: $180 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.


Designing with Plants

In this fun, hands-on workshop you will find out how plant choices are important in designing an effective garden.

We will be considering how plants can be used in garden designs to create a feel, a look and to give your garden personality.

In this workshop you will learn about:

Garden structure – the ‘feel’ of the garden.

We have all walked into a garden and thought “Wow, this garden feels really good”.

What is it that makes a garden feel good? How do you create that “aahhh” factor?  How do we use plants in our designs to help to create this feeling?

Garden character- the ‘look’ of the garden.

There are the plants that create a garden’s style – the look of the garden.

Is this garden of good character? It is more than just a pretty space!

Garden personality – the ‘detail’ of the garden

How do you create personality in a garden? It is all about you!

We will consider how we utilise feature plants - the pots and pops of colour. For example; a weeping rose blushing in the corner; seasonal feature plants; an autumn shrub; highly perfumed flowers and leaves; the special plants you wait for – the ones that create anticipation.

Other considerations you will discuss in Designing with Plants are:

  • Aspect and access: How do I create shade, shelter and privacy?
  • The ratio of space: How wide do I make that garden bed?
  • Aesthetics: How do I combine colours and textures while also considering light and balance?
  • Productive plants for harvesting.
  • Plants and ecology: attracting birds and butterflies.
  • Artistry and personifying a garden: making it yours!

Collaborative delivery approach

The Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium of South Australia is proud to deliver a suite of workshops 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, landscape design, horticulture, permaculture, education, community engagement and the arts. Footprint Ink works with a soft ecological footprint, offering long term solutions with minimal impact on resources and maximum benefit for all.

Principal 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.


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