Designing with Plants



Date: Thursday 15 April, 2021

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Location: The Goodman Building, Adelaide Botanic Garden. Enter via Hackney Rd.

Tickets: $180 per person (includes GST).

Please note that online bookings will incur a fee. Payment can also be made by cash, credit card or EFTPOS by calling 08 8222 9311.



In this fun, hands-on workshop you will find out how plant choices are important in designing an effective garden.

You will discover how plants can be used in garden designs to create a feel, a look and to give your garden personality.

In this workshop you will learn about:

Garden structure – the ‘feel’ of the garden.
We have all walked into a garden and thought “Wow, this garden feels really good”. What is it that makes a garden feel good? How do you create that “aahhh” factorHow do we use plants in our designs to help to create this feeling?

Garden character- the ‘look’ of the garden.
There are the plants that create a garden’s style – the look of the garden. Is this garden of good character? It is more than just a pretty space!

Garden personality – the ‘detail’ of the garden
How do you create personality in a garden? It is all about you! We will consider how we utilise feature plants - the pots and pops of colour. For example; a weeping rose blushing in the corner; seasonal feature plants; an autumn shrub; highly perfumed flowers and leaves; the special plants you wait for – the ones that create anticipation.

Other considerations you will discuss in this workshop are:

  • Aspect and access: how do I create shade, shelter and privacy?
  • The ratio of space: how wide do I make that garden bed?
  • Aesthetics: how do I combine colours and textures while also considering light and balance?
  • Productive plants for harvesting.
  • Plants and ecology: attracting birds and butterflies.
  • Artistry and personifying a garden: making it yours!

Collaborative delivery approach

The Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium of South Australia is proud to deliver a suite of courses in collaboration with Ink Landscape Design.

Ink Landscape Design are a passionate team of award-winning professionals with unique and trans-disciplinary expertise. With experience in landscape architecture, design, education, community engagement and the arts, Ink Landscape Design works with a soft ecological footprint, offering long term solutions with minimal impact on resources and maximum benefit for all.

Presenter: Pam Gurner-Hall

Pam is a renowned plantswoman having won many awards for her landscape designs. She has been delighting her clients over a long career with detailed planting plans that evolve and adapt overtime, continuing to inspire as they age gracefully.

Pam has been an educator in horticulture and allied areas of design for 20 years, with strong industry networks.

Pam has been a proprietor of a number of horticultural businesses: Fireworks Nursery; Plant Pedlar; Hahndorf Country Garden; Pam Gurner-Hall Garden Consultation and Design. Pam holds a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture, and Diplomas in Land Design, Horticulture, Permaculture and Training and Assessment.  



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