Behind The Blooms: Magnolias, Camellias and Rhododendrons



Date: Sunday 30 August, 2020

Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm

Venue: Mount Lofty Botanic Garden (park in Lower Car Park entrance off Lampert Rd)

Tickets: $35 per person incl. GST + booking fee if purchased online

BOOK ONLINE HERE or for phone bookings, please call 08 8222 9311.

This Curator's Tour provides 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 evergreen and deciduous varieties in addition to growing conditions. 

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

Explore the wildly popular Magnolia and South Eastern Gullies which house a large number of Magnolia varieties and 40 species of Camellias. 

The tour will also cover:

  • The different species and forms of Rhododendrons, Camellias and Magnolias in cultivation locally, nationally and globally
  • Growing conditions - the how, what, when and why of getting it right
  • The plants' history, botanical classifications, and the conservation importance of several threatened species

Special Requirements

The session involves walking up hills, so a reasonable level of fitness and appropriate footwear is required (sturdy shoes).

Please also bring wet weather gear as it is sometimes rainy and cold.

Please note that plant material cannot be brought into Mount Lofty Botanic Garden 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 of experience in the horticultural industry and, over many years of curation and research, has acquired extensive knowledge of the Rhododendron genus.

Having developed a passion for Rhododendrons since being formally introduced to the genus in the early 1980s, Rob has held office as both the State and National President of the Australian Rhododendron Society, has presented conference papers at both International Rhododendron Conventions and, since 2008, has been an active member of the Rhododendrons Species Foundation.

Furthermore, as the Horticultural Supervisor at Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, Rob oversees the internationally renowned Rhododendron collection in addition to the Fern and Gondwanan collections.