Permaculture Workshop



Date: Two-day workshop on Thursdays 20 and 27 May, 2021

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

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

Tickets: $360 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.



Permaculture can be described as a design system for sustainable living.

It considers the patterns and relationships observed in nature; landscape, plant systems, flora and fauna, and how they interact.

Permaculture imitates these natural systems to provide a healthy and maintainable lifestyle, yield bumper crops, recycle waste and create low energy use housing.

In this two day intensive course you'll be introduced to the underlying ethics, domains and principles that govern this design philosophy. It will help you develop your own low-waste urban lifestyle.

Permaculture practice and thinking can provide you with a strong ‘recipe’ of checks and balances to guide you through various aspects of living sustainably, from urban food production to using our built environments sustainably.

In the workshop, you will also discuss:

  • Ethics & Domain – what do you already know? Learn how to wrap practice and thinking in an ecological framework.
  • Bill Mollison – the founder of Permaculture - built a base of 10 design principles.
  • David Holmgren, the co-founder, works with 12 principles. Together, we explore these principles and begin to consider how you can use them to create a more satisfying and resilient lifestyle.

This information-packed course is suitable for home gardeners, professional horticultural staff and anyone interested in living sustainably in a changing climate.


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