National Eucalypt Day Guided Tours




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National Eucalypt Day is an initiative of Eucalypt Australia and aims to raise awareness of eucalypts and celebrate the important place they hold in the hearts and lives of Australians.

Celebrate this Australian icon at the Adelaide Botanic Garden with a free guided tour! Visit the Garden's remaining River Red Gums and learn about their long history. Or marvel in the diversity of the eucalypt and discover their incredible evolutionary characteristics.

Remnant River Red Gums

When: Monday 23 March - POSTPONED

Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm

Where: Adelaide Botanic Garden - meet at the Friends Gate on Plane Tree Drive

Cost: Free.

 Join John Sandham and celebrate National Eucalypt Day as he takes you on a tour of the remaining River Red Gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) in Adelaide Botanic Garden and Botanic Park and introduces you to their young progeny.

Learn about where these striking trees started their long life before the arrival of Colonel Light and the development of the Botanic Gardens.

Explore the evolution of the Australian landscape and the importance of the River Red Gum – how it manages to survive from state to state.

Ponder what these trees may have witnessed over their lifetime and unearth this Australian icon’s Italian connections, discovering why these historic relations will last forever.

You’ll be swept up imagining what the future generation of trees will look like in 200+ years’ time.

Evolution of the Eucalypt

When: Sunday 22 March - POSTPONED

Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Where: Adelaide Botanic Garden - meet at the Friends Gate on Plane Tree Drive

Cost: Free.

Join Andrew Thornhill on a tour of Australia's most dominant plant group as he celebrates the diversity of 124 species of eucalypts growing in the Adelaide Botanic Garden and Botanic Park.

Along the way, you’ll discover the specific characteristics that define different eucalypts and explore the incredible evolutionary history of the group.

Andrew has published two papers on eucalypt phylogeny, was interviewed on Sydney’s 2SER, has given talks at UC Berkeley in the US, and written a number of blogs and conversation articles on eucalypt evolution.