BGANZ Open Day



Date: Sunday 28 May
Time: 10am to 2pm
Where: Wittunga Botanic Garden
Cost: Free

Wittunga Botanic Garden will be a hive of activity on Sunday 28 May, with special guided tours, the planting of an endangered Kangaroo Island species, a Nature Play SA kids activity, a plant sale, coffee and cakes and more.

Wittunga is one of more than 70 gardens across Australia and New Zealand that is hosting events for the BGANZ (Botanic Gardens Australia & New Zealand) Open Day, which helps raise awareness of the conservation efforts of botanic gardens, and encourages people to visit their local gardens.

From 10am to 2pm visitors to Wittunga can:

  • Take a tour of the Garden with Botanic Gardens of South Australia Director, Dr Lucy Sutherland, Deputy Director Mark Richardson, and our treasured Garden Guides.
  • Witness the planting of an endangered Kangaroo Island species, supplied by the South Australian Seed Conservation Centre and Botanic Gardens Nursery Curator Matt Coulter.
  • Participate in a kids activity thanks to Nature Play SA.
  • Grab a bargain at a Friends of the Botanic Gardens Plant Sale.
  • Enjoy coffee and cake at a The Owl & The Elephant pop-up café.
  • Listen to the official opening speech by BGANZ President, John Sandham.

About the BGANZ Open Day

The theme of this year's Open Day is "Botanic Gardens Conserving Plants - Our Lives Depend On It".

Did you know approximately 80,000 (or one-quarter) of the world's known plant species are threatened within their native habitat?

All life on Earth depends on plants. Healthy ecosystems - based on plant diversity - sustain life and are essential to the wellbeing and livelihoods of all humankind. Plants are a vital source of oxygen, food, shelter, fuel, clothing and medicines.

But the intervention of man via mining, agriculture, land clearing and development, seed poaching, climate change and introduced exotic animals and plants all contribute to the plight of our threatened plant species.

Botanic gardens - aside from being beautiful places to visit - are advocates for plants and life on Earth, and they play a key role in safeguarding the world's plant diversity.

They are important sites of plant conservation because they maintain plants away from their natural habitat (ex situ conservation), which is a particularly valuable role because this work links in with other local landcare and natural resource management initiatives, creating strong centres for regional conservation.

Botanic gardens are also involved in educating about and adapting to climate change during this critical decade for action.