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Nature Festival: South Australia's Rarest Plants

Nature Festival: South Australia's Rarest Plants

See some of South Australia’s most endangered plant species up close, and meet the people striving to prevent their extinction.

In this unique display you can see some of South Australia’s most endangered species, many of which are known to live in just a single location on Earth.

To celebrate the Nature Festival, the team at the South Australian Seed Conservation Centre will be available to show you the plants and chat with you about the work they are doing right now to reduce the risk of extinction of these natural treasures.

The South Australian Seed Conservation Centre (SASCC), housed at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, endeavours to mitigate the risk of extinction for many of the state’s most at-risk plants.

Since its inception in 2003, the SASCC has collected and stored the seeds of almost 85% of the state’s threated species.

Storing this genetic diversity, in the form of seeds in deep-freeze, acts as an ‘insurance policy’ for threatened plants in case of serious impacts to existing wild populations.

Of particular interest to many people will be some of the rare native orchids being grown for reintroduction to the wild.

Native orchids are an especially vulnerable group: almost half of SA's native orchids are threatened with extinction. This exquisite plants make up almost 17% of all of SA's threatened plants, despite only comprising 8% of all native plant species.

Take this unique opportunity to see up-close a number of very special plant species from across SA right here in the city, and learn about their biology, ecology and what the SASCC is doing for their conservation into the future.

Date: Thursday 6 and Friday 7 October, 2022

Time: 10am - 2pm (drop in any time to see the display)

Location:Bicentennial Conservatory, Adelaide Botanic Garden (D12 on the map)

Tickets: Free entry, but registration is required


About the event


The venue is wheelchair accessible.

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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