Understanding the language of plants



Date: Thursday 8 April  or Thursday 17 June, 2021

Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm

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

Tickets: $65 per person (including GST). Please note that online bookings incur a booking fee. Payment can also be made by cash, credit card or EFTPOS by calling 08 8222 9311.

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In this fascinating half-day workshop, you will focus on the ‘language’ of leaves and foliage.

Wondrous plant adaptations such as modified flowers, colours and textures will be explored. There will also be a brief introduction to Nomenclature - the scientific naming of plants.

Understanding the language of plants begins with being able to read what adaptations the plant demonstrates.

For example, why is it silver? Why does it have large glossy leaves, or very strong veins? Where did it originate or evolve from? Is it an understory rainforest plant or a high canopy plant protecting other botanical communities?

You will learn how to make plant choices for your outdoor and indoor spaces based on their adaptations without having to wade through a mountain of information first; the plant is already telling us what it requires.

This is a paramount skill in being a confident and creative plant designer.

This workshop is designed for people who want to be confident in their plant choices when faced with a range of challenging landscape or climatic conditions.

It will suit anyone interested in helping their plants to thrive, especially home gardeners and those who work in the landscape or horticultural field.

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 plants woman 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, continuing to inspire as they age gracefully.

Pam has been an educator in horticulture and allied areas of design for 30 years. She is a well-known radio broadcaster in Adelaide, a business woman and entrepreneur.


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