History Festival: Gardening under glass



When: Wednesday 12 - Sunday 16 May: 2pm.

Duration: 1.5 hour tour

Where: Meet at the Elvis Cupola, end of Main Walk, North Terrace Gate, Adelaide Botanic Garden.

Tickets: $5 each. To book your spot, email friendsabg@internode.on.net or call 08 8222 9367. 


Join Friends of the Botanic Gardens guides on a fascinating tour of glass houses, dating back to the 1860s.

Discover how various glasshouses in Adelaide Botanic Garden has expanded the range of plants it is possible to grow in South Australia's Mediterranean climate.

You will visit stunning glasshouses that take you on a botanical journey across the world - from the hot and dry Madagascan plants in the Palm House, to the water-loving rainforest plants of the Conservatory.

Traditional Wardian Cases and their uses will be explored, and a trip to the Amazon Waterlily Pavilion will see you discussing South American flora.

You will hear about current & past plantings, consider just how limited early gardening was, how exotics were only seen by those who could afford the luxury of travel, and how visitors were (and still are) drawn from far and wide to see unusual and exciting plants.

This event is part of the History Festival program and is presented by the Friends of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide