The fascinating world of carnivorous plants



Date: Saturday 26 October 2019

Time: 10am - 3pm

Venue: Noel Lothian Hall, Adelaide Botanic Garden (enter from Hackney Road)

Tickets: $190 per person inc GST (small booking fee applies if purchased online - for phone bookings, call 08 8222 9311).

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Long before John Wyndham published The Day of the Triffids, carnivorous plants have captivated audiences worldwide. So what is it about plants that bite and hold an appetite for something more substantial? 

Join us as we partner with the Australian Carnivorous Plant Society to explore the botany and cultivation of carnivorous plants.

In this one day course participants will learn about the many fascinating species, their cultivation and care.

Acquire knowledge about the different specialised methods of propagation and take home your very own beasts propagated in class.

Advanced plants will also be available for purchase.

This course will cover

  • Trapping mechanisms, demonstrated using specimen plants.

  • Where to observe carnivorous plants locally.

  • Cultivation requirements of different species, with reference to their native habitats.

  • Hands-on application of seed, cutting and division propagation techniques by participants, to produce material that can be taken home.


Presenter Biography

The Carnivorous Plants course will be led by Mike Perkins, Nick Collins and John Yates, with assistance from Elliot Reader, from the Australian Carnivorous Plant Society, based in Adelaide.

Carnivorous plants have held a life-long interest for Mike, Nick and John – they each maintain significant collections in their back yards and have undertaken expeditions to observe wild carnivorous plants in remote South-East Asia. Plant biology is also part of Mike’s and Nick’s ‘day jobs’ (organic chemist at Flinders University and cereal geneticist at The University of Adelaide, respectively), while John has developed a pipeline for in-vitropropagation of carnivorous plants in his home laboratory and has contributed to distribution surveys for conservation. Elliott is one of our younger members, with an interest in all things from the natural world, but a particular fascination in carnivorous plants.

Morning tea & lunch provided.

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