Australian Native Bonsai: Principles and Practices



Date: Sunday 1 November, 2020

Location: Wittunga Botanic Garden Nursery (enter via Shepherd's Hill Rd)

Time: 10:00am -3:00pm

Tickets: $220 per person incl. GST + booking fee if purchased online - BOOK HERE

Book online or for phone bookings, please call 08 8222 9311.

About the course:

Using Australian Native Plants you will learn about the ancient art and science of Bonsai, from one of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium of South Australia’s leading horticulturalists, Rob Hatcher.

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

Throughout this session you will explore tricky Bonsai techniques such as correct watering and knowing when and how to prune and re-pot your Bonsai.

Lunch is provided and you'll get to take home your very own Bonsai at the end of the session!

This course will cover:

  • History and information about Bonsai
  • Plant selection and choosing the best plant to suit your environment
  • Preparing and constructing your Bonsai
  • Plant Maintenance including root pruning and re-potting
  • Pest and Disease control

Special Requirements

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

Please note that plant material cannot be brought into Mount Lofty Botanic Garden Nursery or Wittunga Botanic Garden Nursery as it may harbour soil and plant pathogens which could contaminate the Nursery and Garden's living collections.

Presenter, Robert 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.