Short Course Series - 2021



Date: Tuesday 2 February - Tuesday 16 March, 2021

Times: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Where: Adelaide Botanic Garden, Goodman Building, Hackney Rd, Adelaide SA 5000

Cost: $35.00 per course + booking fee. Receive a 10% discount when you book into 3 or more courses.

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Our popular short course series are a great way to help you better understand plants and the natural world we live in.

This series of short sessions have been designed for people new to horticulture or those that would like to expand their gardening knowledge.

Presented by the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium of South Australia, each workshop will be delivered by industry experts, including our very own horticulturist and plant science experts.

The 2021 Short Course Series offers a number of topics designed to give you a solid foundation into good gardening practices.

**To receive 10% discount when purchasing 3 or more tickets, please email to receive your discount code before you purchase.

Please note: these courses are very popular and sell out quickly!

Courses on offer

Introduction to Plant Science  - how to grow healthier plants

Tuesday 2 February 2021

Gain an insight into how plants work: the interactions between the environment and the plant's leaves, stems, roots and flowers, and the cellular processes which allow them to thrive.


Plant Identification basics

Tuesday 9 February 2021

Start the journey to becoming botanically literate! Learn about the relationships between form and function, plant characteristics and the principles used to classify them.


Plant Propagation Basics

Tuesday 16 February 2021

Develop an understanding of sexual and asexual propagation, and discover the secrets so you can propagate your own plants.


Garden Design for beginners

Tuesday 23 February 2021

Learn the basics of garden design principles and techniques, such as structural features and learning to work with what you've got. 
This short course will also cover site assessment, soil preparation and plant nutrition, water efficiency, plant characteristics, what plants to plant, and various cultivation techniques.


The Secret is in the Soil 

Tuesday 2 March 2021

Soil is the foundation of every successful garden. In this short course you will learn about soil basics and the critical components of soil such as texture, structure, density, colour and the importance of organic matter and microbiology in relation to plant health.

Get the best out of your garden by developing an understanding of your soil's makeup and the methods used to improve it.


Pruning Techniques

Tuesday 9 March 

Rejuvenate old plantings, encourage growth and improve vitality of ornamental trees, shrubs, evergreen and deciduous trees. In this short course, develop the knowledge required for improving the vitality of your garden. Learn plant structure and physiology as it relates to correct pruning techniques, when to prune, and what tools to use.


Weeds, Pest and Disease

Tuesday 16 March

This short course combines all the pesky things that come to challenge us when maintaining our gardens. Learn the weeds, pest and diseases common to South Australia and methods of control. 

You'll also learn how to diagnose plant problems including identification of insect, nutrient related symptoms, and how to control the damage caused by applying cultural, biological and chemical strategies.


Bookings for each course close 1 week prior to course commencement, unless sold out.

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We look forward to welcoming you to our short course workshops.

The safety and wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers and staff remains our highest priority. As a result, we are implementing a number of measures so we are able to offer a safe, welcoming and fun experience for all that attend and ensure we meet COVID-19 regulations. 

These include:

  • Total group numbers will be capped for each activity.
  • Physical distancing of 1.5 metres between people.
  • Practicing good hygiene before, during and after sessions.
  • Please do Not Attend if you are feeling unwell.

Please note, that in the event that one of our Botanic Garden’s staff member is feeling unwell on the day of your visit, the staff member will be required to stay home. This is to ensure that no ticket holders are placed at risk. If this occurs, we will work with you to provide an alternative to your booked session.

If you have any questions please call us on 8222 9311.

Head to the Adelaide Botanic Garden Visitor Information page to find Garden map, parking info and more.