Plant Propagation




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As a precautionary measure, all education and public programs scheduled until the end of May 2020 have been postponed. As more information becomes available, we will do our best to keep you updated.

For more information on the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please see our LATEST NEWS.

**If you have already booked into the workshops in April or May, we will be in touch with your options and next steps.



Thursday 30 April 2020 - POSTPONED

Sunday 17 May 2020 - POSTPONED

Sunday 20 September 2020 - BOOK TICKETS

Time: 9:45am - 3:00pm

Where: Mount Lofty Botanic Garden Nursery, 16 Lampert Road, Piccadilly, SA 5152

Cost: $190 per person. Please note that an online booking fee applies. Bookings and payments made by calling 08 8222 9311 will not incur a booking fee.


Discover how to succeed with seedlings, take cuttings of rare or difficult to grow plants, save money and satisfy the challenge of growing your own special plants!

In this practical, hands-on course, you will learn from the Nursery Curator at the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium of South Australia.

This course is ideal for rare plant collectors, horticulture students, school or kitchen garden coordinators or those home gardeners just wanting to meet the challenge of propagating your own plants.

This course will cover the scientific principles of plant growth and propagation and will include demonstrations of growing media and a range of propagation methods.

This is a 5-hour, hands-on, practical course where you will propagate plants using a range of seed and vegetative propagation techniques - skills you will be able to take home and apply in your own gardening.

At the end of the day, participants can take home the plant and propagation materials they have generated during the course.

The course facilitator will not only teach different techniques but also share his knowledge and experience, leading to a deeper understanding of plant physiology and propagating techniques. 

This Course will cover:

• Seed collection, cleaning and storage

• Propagation methods – seed sowing, taking cuttings, division

• Pricking out and potting up of seedlings

• Vegetative propagation including soft tip cuttings, semi hardwood cuttings, hardwood cuttings

• Propagation mixes

• Environmental controls

Lunch is provided.

Presenter: Matt Coulter

Matt Coulter has worked in the horticultural nursery industry for the past 35 years. Matt is currently the curator of Plant Propagation at the Adelaide, Mount Lofty and Wittunga Botanic Gardens managing the propagation and growing of new plant material for the Gardens.

Matt is widely known for his innovative work in propagating one of the world's most fascinating plants - the Amorphophallus titanum. Matt's work has seen the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium of South Australia amass one of the world's largest collections of this threatened species.