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Rooftop Gardens and Green Walls

Rooftop Gardens and Green Walls

Date: Thursday 21 October, 2021 (The 26 August workshop was postponed due to a COVID-related issue. All ticket holders have been notified. We apologise for any inconvenience).

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Location: The Goodman Building, Adelaide Botanic Garden. Entrance via Hackney Rd.

Tickets: $180 per person (includes GST). Please note that online bookings will incur a fee. Payment can also be made by cash, credit card or EFTPOS by calling 08 8222 9311.


No matter how small your living space is, it is a fundamental requirement of wellbeing to connect with nature’s green spaces and living things.

But with developers creating smaller blocks of land, and more subdivision and infill, we need to think more creatively about how to connect with nature and plants in small spaces at home and work.

Roof top gardens and green walls are creative ways to utilise the space you have to create a beautiful and functional garden.

In this one-day workshop, you will learn various approaches to combat the challenge of growing a roof-top garden or green wall with South Australia’s high evaporation rates and low humidity.

You'll look at systems, plants and substrates that maximise success and limit water usage. You will also learn how to incorporate a habitat for local flora and fauna in your design that will provide a necessary refuge to a range of native plant and animal species, especially those which are threatened.

Learn to assess and adapt your built environment and associated garden spaces, irrespective of the size and purpose of the space.

  • Consider structural issues to accommodate rooftops and green-walls
  • Explore the challenges of weight, water, drainage and access
  • Consider the interface between your building and garden
  • Explore how plants can influence your home energy footprint
  • Discover how plants can enhance your wellbeing in small spaces such as rooftops, green walls, balconies, and tight narrow spaces

The information in this one-day workshop is just as valuable for a commercial or public space as it is for home.

Gain new ideas and a blueprint to make the best of what you already have. Invite your neighbours and explore the possibilities!

Collaborative delivery approach

The Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium of South Australia is proud to deliver a suite of courses in collaboration with Ink Landscape Design.

Ink Landscape Design are a passionate team of award-winning professionals with unique and trans-disciplinary expertise. With experience in landscape architecture, design, education, community engagement and the arts, Ink Landscape Design works with a soft ecological footprint, offering long term solutions with minimal impact on resources and maximum benefit for all.

Presenter: Pam Gurner-Hall

Pam is a renowned plantswoman having won many awards for her landscape designs. She has been delighting her clients over a long career with detailed planting plans that evolve and adapt overtime, continuing to inspire as they age gracefully.

Pam has been an educator in horticulture and allied areas of design for 20 years, with strong industry networks.

Pam has been a proprietor of a number of horticultural businesses: Fireworks Nursery; Plant Pedlar; Hahndorf Country Garden; Pam Gurner-Hall Garden Consultation and Design. Pam holds a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture, and Diplomas in Land Design, Horticulture, Permaculture and Training and Assessment.


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

Measures include:

  • Small group sizes to ensure physical distancing can be adhered to, whilst not impacting on the quality of the learning experience
  • Extra cleaning regimes in place before, during and after each session
  • Participants and staff must maintain physical distance (1.5m)
  • Participants and staff must practise good hygiene before, during and after sessions
  • Participants must not attend if they are unwell and/or exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms

Photo: This photograph was taken at The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney in The Calyx.

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