Kitchen Garden Workshop Series



Join Botanical Educator, Ian Wilson, for our BRAND NEW interactive Sunday afternoon workshops in our Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden!

This 2020 Workshop Series offers a range of topics designed to give a solid foundation into good gardening practices, from starting a kitchen garden through to how to build and maintain a bee hive.

These workshops have been designed to give participants practical, hands on knowledge and are ideal for people new to horticulture or those looking to expand their gardening knowledge.

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Dates: Sunday 2 August - Sunday 15 November 2020

Time: 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Where: Adelaide Botanic Garden - Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden, behind the Goodman Building, Hackney Rd, Adelaide SA 5000

Cost: $70.00 per course + booking fee

Receive a 10% discount when you book into 3 or more courses. Please email to receive your discount code before you purchase.

These workshops have limited capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions. 


BOOK HERE to secure your place!


Courses on offer

Practical Soils

Sunday 2 August 2020 - SOLD OUT

The soil is the heart of the garden. Soil fulfills many functions and creating the right soil in a Kitchen Garden is particularly important. This workshop will teach you how to analyse soil, how to improve it and get you started on a journey to start a healthy garden.

This course will cover:

  • Parts of the soil
  • Soil chemistry
  • Water in the soil
  • Testing the soil
  • Critical nutrients
  • Building soil to get the most out of your kitchen garden

Starting a Kitchen Garden

Sunday 13 September 2020

Have you ever wanted to start a kitchen garden but wondered where to start? This practical and hands on workshop will give you the basics to confidently start your own bountiful, varied and colorful kitchen garden.

This course will cover:

  • Why a kitchen garden?
  • Making the best from what you have available
  • Layout of the garden
  • What can you grow and when can you grow it?
  • Types of plants, uses and variety
  • Maintaining a healthy garden
  • Planting and propagating your garden

Compost and Worm Farms

Sunday 4 October 2020

 The health of a garden is due, in many ways, to the health of the soil. Compost and worm farming can really improve and maintain a vigorous and healthy garden.

This course will cover:

  • Compost, what is it?
  • Getting started with compost
  • How does composting work
  • Locating and uses of compost

Pest and Disease

Sunday 25 October 2020

Look at different ways to manage pests in an environmentally sensitive way by using Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The aim is to prevent problems from occurring and reducing the need for pesticides. Learn about weeds, pests and diseases common to South Australia as well as methods of control.

This course will cover:

  • Diagnosing plants problems
  • Symptoms of nutrient deficiency
  • Control of diseases and pests by cultural, biological and chemical strategies

How to keep Bees

Sunday 15 November 2020

This workshop aims to give an understanding of the workings of the hive, and the requirements of the apiarist to maintain the health of the bees. It will also cover honey production and the tools used in its production.

This course will cover:

  • Types of bees
  • Parts of the bee
  • The role of the hive
  • The roles of the worker, drones and queens
  • Examining the colony for health and production
  • Extracting honey and wax
  • Swarms and how to collect them
  • Pests and diseases of bees and hives



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.