The Art of Bonsai



Date: Sunday 18 October 

Time: 10am - 3pm

Venue: Mount Lofty Botanic Garden nursery (enter right through trade entrance before entering Lower Car Park off Lampert Road, Picadilly)

Tickets: $220 per person inc GST - BOOK TICKETS

Your ticket includes lunch and the bonsai plant you work on in class.

A booking fee applies if purchased online - for phone bookings, please call 08 8222 9311. 

About the course:

Learn about the ancient art and science of bonsai in this popular one-day course at stunning Mount Lofty Botanic Garden in its behind-the-scenes nursery.

In this practical hands on course you will learn about the best horticultural practices to construct, grow and care for your very own bonsai.

Throughout this session you will be guided by one of our leading horticulturists as you explore tricky bonsai techniques such as correct watering and knowing when and how to prune and re-pot your bonsai.

At the end of the session you will get to take home your very own bonsai that you have constructed in class.

The course will also cover:

  • The history of bonsai
  • How to choose the best plant to suit your environment
  • Preparing and constructing your bonsai
  • Plant maintenance, including root pruning and repotting
  • Pest and disease control

Lunch is provided.

Please note that the workshop will involve practical activities so appropriate footwear (closed shoes, no sandals) and gloves will be required.

Plant material cannot be brought to the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden Nursery as it may harbour soil and plant pathogens which could contaminate the nursery and garden's living collections.

Presenter, Rob Hatcher

Rob has over 31 years’ experience in the horticultural industry and throughout his career has developed a keen interest and passion for Bonsai.

As Horticultural Supervisor at the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, Rob oversees many of the Gardens international collections. Rob has lectured in bonsai cultivation at TAFE SA and his passion for bonsai has led him to some of the world’s most famous bonsai collections, including Seattle’s Pacific Bonsai Museum.

As a longstanding member of the South Australian Bonsai community, Rob has been called upon to judge the bonsai competition at the Royal Adelaide Show and annual end of year Northern Bonsai Club show.



The safety and wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers and staff remains our highest priority and, in preparation for welcoming back groups to our programmes, we have implemented new COVID-19 compliant protocols to offer a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants, whilst minimising the risk of COVID-19.

Measures include:

  • Small group sizes to ensure physical distancing can be adhered to, whilst not impacting on the quality of the learning experience
  • Extra cleaning regimes in place before, during and after each session
  • Participants and staff must maintain physical distance (1.5m)
  • Participants and staff must practise good hygiene before, during and after sessions
  • Participants must not attend if they are unwell and/or exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms

For more information and updates on the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please see LATEST NEWS.