Understanding the Language of Plants. Half-day Workshop on 17 June 2021.

Thu Jun 17 2021 at 09:00 am to 01:00 pm

Adelaide Botanic Garden | Adelaide

Publisher/HostAdelaide Botanic Garden
This is a paramount skill in being a confident and creative plant designer.
About this Event

In this fascinating half-day workshop (held on Thursday,17 June 2021 at 9:00am to 1:00pm), we will focus on the ‘language’ of leaves and foliage: wondrous plant adaptations such as modified flowers, colours and textures will be explored. There will also be a brief introduction to Nomenclature - the scientific naming of plants.

Understanding the language of plants begins with being able to read what adaptations the plant demonstrates. For example, why is it silver? Why does it have large glossy leaves, or very strong veins? Where did it originate or evolve from? Is it an understory rainforest plant or a high canopy plant protecting other botanical communities?

You will learn how to make plant choices for your outdoor and indoor spaces based on their adaptations without having to wade through a mountain of information first; the plant is already telling us what it requires.

This is a paramount skill in being a confident and creative plant designer.

This workshop is designed for people who want to be confident in their plant choices when faced with a range of challenging landscape or climatic conditions.

It will suit anyone interested in helping their plants to thrive, especially home gardeners and those who work in the landscape or horticultural field.

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 transdisciplinary 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.

Find out about this series of collaborative workshops at botanicgardens.sa.gov.au and download a brochure.


Pam Gurner-Hall

Pam is a renowned plants woman 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, continuing to inspire as they age gracefully.

Pam has been an educator in horticulture and allied areas of design for 30 years. She is a well-known radio broadcaster in Adelaide, a business woman and entrepreneur.

The safety and wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers and staff remains our highest priority and, in preparation to welcoming our programmes, we are implementing 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 learning experience

• Participants and staff must practice good hygiene before, during and after sessions

• Extra cleaning regimes will be in place before, during and after each session

• 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.

Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Adelaide Botanic Garden, The Goodman Building, Adelaide, Australia


AUD 0.00 to AUD 65.00

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