Nature Festival


 

 

Boasting a 10-day program of over 50 activities and experiences, Nature Festival has launched for the first time in South Australia!

From flourishing backyard gardens to the majesty of the Flinders, nature is central to who we are as South Australians. More than 90% of us get out into our parks and beaches each year, and the challenges of 2020 have highlighted how critical nature is for our health and wellbeing.

With events for all ages, Nature Festival runs 25 September to 4 October and is full of creative ways to connect with others; an opportunity to build a life-long relationship with nature, and allows you to set out on adventures near and far!  

The Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium are proud to be offering five events as part of this inaugural festival, including the highly anticipated closing event, Noise//Nature.

 

Plant Hunters Walk at Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

When: Tuesday 29 September
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Where: Meet at Chris Steele Scott Pavilion, Mount Lofty Botanic Garden
Cost: $10

Book Tickets

Please note that online bookings will incur a fee. 

About the event:

Plant exploration and introduction is one of the oldest activities of mankind.

Plant hunters were not just botanists, they were adventurers and explorers. They had to be tough to survive the conditions they faced in far-flung corners of the world. They survived shipwrecks, sieges, slavery and battled with pirates and escaped convicts.

The history of the plant collection at Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is enriched by this fascinating history.

In this presentation and curator-led tour, learn about the secrets entwined in the plant collections while enjoying the beauty of the garden.

 

Remnant River Red Gums

When: Wednesday 30 September
Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm
Where: Meet just inside the Friends' Gate, Adelaide Botanic Garden
Cost: $10

Book Tickets

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About the event:

Join John Sandham 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.

No doubt you'll be swept up imagining what the future generation of trees will look like in 200+ years’ time!

 

A Walk Around Wittunga

When: Thursday 1 October
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Where: Meet at The Rotunda, Wittunga Botanic Garden
Cost: $10

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About the event:

Contrasting against suburban Blackwood, the 13-hectare Wittunga Botanic Garden is a hidden oasis.

In this curator-led tour, discover the extensive collection of water-wise plants from Southern Australia and South Africa – showcasing brilliant displays of ericas and proteas in spring and an extensive collection of plants from Kangaroo Island, Southern Fleurieu Peninsula and the Western Australian Heathlands.

Re-live Wittunga’s rich and fascinating history and learn about the enormous contribution made by the Ashby family towards the public awareness of the beauty and importance of Australian plants.

 

The Evolution of the Eucalypt – a Guided Tour

When: Friday 2 October
Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm
Where: Meet just inside the Friends' Gate, Adelaide Botanic Garden
Cost: $10

Book Tickets

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About the event:

Celebrate the diversity of 124 species of eucalypts with a guided tour at Adelaide Botanic Garden.

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 is a research botanist at the State Herbarium of South Australia and University of Adelaide and has published research on phylogenetics and fossil record of the eucalypts.

 

Noise//Nature

When: Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October
Time: Gates open 7:00pm-10:00pm
Where: Conifer Lawn, Adelaide Botanic Garden
Cost: $15 General Admission | FREE for under 12 year olds

More info

Please note that online bookings will incur a fee. 

About the event:

Presented by  Umbrella Festival, Capital Waste Pictures and the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium as part of the Botanica Lumina Program, with generous support from SA Power Networks.

Join us after-dark this spring to experience the sights and sounds of Adelaide Botanic Garden like never before.

For one night only, lounge back on the lawns, meander through the garden and gaze upon vivid light projections over the natural landscape as you listen to a synchronised soundtrack crafted by local artists.

Stay for an hour, or soak up the experience for three! The event has been styled for you to arrive and leave when it suits you.

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Be COVIDSafe

The safety and wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers and staff remains our highest priority and, in preparation for welcoming groups back to our programmes and events, we have implemented new COVID-19 compliant protocols to offer an enjoyable experience for all participants while minimising the risk of COVID-19.

Measures include:

  • Participants must not attend if they are unwell and/or exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms
  • Group sizes have been kept small to ensure physical distancing can be adhered to while not impacting on the quality of the experience
  • Participants and staff must practice good hygiene before, during and after sessions
  • Participants must maintain physical distance (1.5m)

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