Curator's Tour: Behind the Blooms



Date: Sunday 25 August 2019

Time: 9am - 12pm

Where: Mount Lofty Botanic Garden Nursery

Cost: $65 per person. Bookings can be made through Eventbrite or over the phone by calling (08) 8222 9311. (Please note that bookings made online will incur a booking fee).

This Curator's Tour will provide valuable information about the selection and maintenance of Camellias, Magnolias and Rhododendrons. Learn about these enthralling cool - climate flowering plants and experience their stunning diversity first-hand at Mount Lofty Botanic Garden's iconic gullies.

In a field study, led by Mount Lofty Botanic Garden's Supervisor and flowering shrub expert Robert Hatcher, you'll learn about growing conditions, evergreen and deciduous varieties.

Experience the Garden's Rhododendron Gully - boasting one of Australia's best rhododendron collections - alone contains at least 150 species, with several threatened in the wild.

There are a further 40 species of Camellias and similar number of Magnolia / Magnoliaceae represented at the Garden's wildly popular Magnolia and South East Asian Gullies.

As the session involves walking up hills, appropriate footwear is required (sturdy shoes). Please bring wet weather gear as it is sometimes rainy and cold. A reasonable fitness level is required for this walk.

About the presenter - Rob Hatcher

 Rob has worked the horticulture industry for over 31 years. Currently he is Horticultural Supervisor at the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden overseeing the internationally renowned Rhododendron collection as well as the Fern and Gondwanan collections. Previously Rob has worked in local government managing parks and gardens and in PNG managing Cocoa plantations. Rhododendrons have been a passion since being introduced formally to the genus in the early 1980s. His extensive knowledge of the Rhododendron genus has been acquired over many years of curation and research. He has held office as the State President and as the National President of the Australian Rhododendron Society, is an active member of the Rhododendrons Species Foundation since 2008 and presented conference papers at the two International Rhododendron Convention.

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