Our organisation



The Botanic Gardens of South Australia is a State Government statutory authority as defined by state legislation.   

The gardens, together with the State Herbarium, are governed by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) and the Board of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium.

Our Director

Lucy Sutherland

Dr Lucy A. Sutherland was appointed in 2016 as the Director of the Botanic Gardens of South Australia and State Herbarium, following her role as the National Coordinator of the Australian Seed Bank Partnership. There she worked with the leaders of Australia’s capital city botanic gardens to achieve a future vision where Australia's native plant diversity is valued, understood and conserved for the benefit of all.

Dr Sutherland is a Visiting Professor at the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Peru. She holds a research Masters of Applied Science (Charles Sturt University) and a PhD (London Metropolitan University) in botanic gardens management and policy. She has integrated her academic studies in ecology and the social sciences with her professional experience in botanic gardens and protected area management, policy and practice in Australia and internationally.  Lucy has published and presented papers on botanic gardens focusing on such diverse topics as collections management, biodiversity and plant conservation, access and benefit sharing, nature-based tourism, education and interpretation policy and practice.

An accomplished leader, Lucy has a long history associated with botanic gardens and previous roles have included Acting Director of the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Assistant Director (Policy and Strategic Planning) at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, and Senior Conservation and Education Project Officer and Acting Head of Education at Botanic Gardens Conservation International (UK).

Adelaide Botanic Gardens Foundation

The Adelaide Botanic Gardens Foundation raises and administers community funds to assist the Gardens with its important work in scientific research and education, and the maintenance of living collections.

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide is a volunteer organisation that supports the Botanic Gardens of South Australia, offering guided walks, self-guided trails, tours and community events.

Our Values

Connection - We seek true connection. We listen, learn and share with others.

Stewardship - We take a long term view. We prepare for change. We are curating the past and present for the future.

Heart - We provide places and experiences that inspire, delight and fill the soul.

Excellence - We are the best in our field and are recognized as leaders. Our views are sought and valued.

Fearlessness - We acknowledge the importance of our role. We are bold and unafraid to challenge and be challenged.

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