Demystifying Orchids: Everything you need to know



Date: Sunday 12 September, 2021

Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Venue: Noel Lothian Hall, Adelaide Botanic Garden. Enter off Hackney Road.

Tickets: $95 per person incl. GST.   (Please note that an online booking fee will be incurred. Alternatively, call 08 8222 9311 to book).


Developing your own collection of Orchids may be easier than you think!

In this practical hands-on workshop, propagating and growing Orchids successfully will be demystified.

In this 3-hour workshop, you'll develop a range of techniques that you'll be able to apply when creating your own Orchid collection at home, including the very specialised methods involved in dividing Orchids.

The workshop will also cover the scientific principles of plant growth and propagation methods, information on how to best look after your Orchids, and demonstrations of growing media.

Morning Tea is provided and, at the end of the session, you'll get to take home your very own Orchid and any propagation materials you generated during the course!

This course is ideal for anyone from rare plant collectors, horticultural students, keen gardeners or those that simply have a particular interest in Orchids. 

Course Outline

  • Understanding Orchids
  • Overview of the Orchid family
  • How to identify Orchids
  • Understanding native Orchid habitat and environmental controls
  • Types of growing media best for Orchids
  • Propagating techniques by plant division

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 as it may harbour soil and plant pathogens which could contaminate the Nursery and Garden's living collections.



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