Plant Propagation



Date: Sunday 20 September 2020

Time: 9:45am - 3:00pm

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

Cost: $190 per person - BOOK TICKETS

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.



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

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