Understanding the Language of Plants



Date: Thursday 15 August 2019

Time: 9am - 4pm

Where: Adelaide Botanic Garden

Cost: $180 per person. Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite or over the phone by calling (08) 8222 9311. (Please note that bookings made online will incur a booking fee).


In this fascinating one-day workshop, we will focus on the ‘language’ of leaves and foliage: wondrous plant adaptations such as modified flowers, colours and textures will be explored. There will also be a brief introduction to Nomenclature - the scientific naming of plants.

Understanding the language of plants begins with being able to read what adaptations the plant demonstrates. For example, why is it silver? Why does it have large glossy leaves, or very strong veins? Where did it originate or evolve from? Is it is an understory rainforest plant or a high canopy plant protecting other botanical communities?

You will learn how to make plant choices for your outdoor and indoor spaces based on their adaptations without have to wade through a mountain of information first; the plant is already telling us what it requires.

This is a paramount skill in being a confident and creative plant designer.

This course is designed for people who want to be confident in their plant choices when faced with a range of challenging landscape or climatic conditions.

It will suit anyone interested in helping their plants to thrive, especially home gardeners and those who work in the landscape or horticultural field.

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 soft ecological footprint, offering long term solutions with minimal impact on resources and maximum benefit for all.


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.

Anthony Butz
Anthony broadens Footprint Ink’s portfolio by providing specialist skills and knowledge in heritage and conservation landscapes and gardens. His early career saw him managing 5-star hospitality and Anthony applies a similar approach and standard to his knowledge of plants and landscape design. Winner 2018 Mitre 10 Garden Centre of the Year.



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