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Nature Festival: Mischievous, Devious and Poisonous Plants

Nature Festival: Mischievous, Devious and Poisonous Plants

Join us for a tour of Mischievous, Devious and Poisonous Plants growing in Adelaide Botanic Garden.

Led by the State Herbarium’s resident weed expert, Chris Brodie, you will take a leisurely stroll around Adelaide Botanic Garden, Botanic Park/Tainmuntilla and along the River Torrens on a tour of useful and poisonous plants.

You will discover what plants in the area are particularly beneficial.... and why some are considered so noxious.

At this Nature Festival event, there will be lots of opportunities for discussion and questions as Chris shares his expertise and knowledge.

Chris is the Weeds Botanist for the State Herbarium of South Australia and is interested in the naturalised (also known as 'weed') flora of South Australia.

He works closely with stakeholders, including Biosecurity SA, Landscape officers and other land managers, to identify, collect and document the state's weeds.

Chris is the point of contact for anyone with a suspected new weed species that requires confirmation or identification. He is also working on numerous weedy plant groups for the 5th edition of Flora of South Australia.

Date: Wednesday 12th October 2022

Time: 10:00am to 11:30am

Where: Meet just inside the Friends’ Gate, Adelaide Botanic Garden (B7 on map) ten minutes before the tour starts.

Tickets: $10


About the event

How long is the tour?
The tour will last approximately 90 minutes, with stops along the way.


The route is on a combination of bitumen and unsealed pathways.

Who is this tour for?

All ages are welcome but patrons are advised that this event is most suitable to people over 12 years of age.

What to bring

Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress according to the weather. Don't forget your umbrella if it's raining!

Food and drink

Food and drink is available from the on-site cafe or kiosk for you to enjoy before or after the tour.

Drinking fountains and water bottle refill stations are located around the Garden.


Toilets are available within Adelaide Botanic Garden.

Getting here

Ticketed parking is along Plane Tree Drive. Patrons can also catch the bus to the Garden or the tram stops 100m from the Main Gate on North Terrace (Botanic Gardens stop).

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