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Nature Festival: Discovering Pollen - a guided tour

Nature Festival: Discovering Pollen - a guided tour

Enjoy a relaxing walk around Adelaide Botanic Garden and Botanic Park to explore the pollen of different flowering plants.

Pollen is produced by all flowering plants and comes in lots of different shapes and sizes.

Over millions of years pollen has evolved and adapted to help flowering plants spread around the world.

In this Nature Festival event, join State Herbarium botanist, Dr Andrew Thornhill, on a springtime tour that delves into the science behind the pollen of flowering plants.

Learn how the type of pollen influences a plant's pollination success, some contemporary research into pollen, and how it used by animals - and in the human world.

There will be plenty of opportunities for discussion and questions on the fascinating, friendly guided walk.

Date: Friday 7 October

Time: 11am - 12.30pm

Location: Adelaide Botanic Garden. Please meet at the Friends' Gate off Plane Tree Drive (B7 on the map) 10 minutes before the start time.

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).

About Andrew

Andrew is a research botanist at the State Herbarium of South Australia and University of Adelaide.

He is currently the State Herbarium's Curator of Bryophytes and one of the leaders of a new field of biology called Spatial Phylogenetics.

Prior to this Andrew completed a PhD at Australian National University in Canberra that concentrated on pollen morphology in Myrtaceae.

During his PhD he helped build the Australasian Pollen and Spores Atlas and helped capture the information and images that form the basis of the atlas.

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