Heirloom corn on show

Date posted: 22 July 2014

This year the Botanic Gardens of South Australia is excited to be a part of the Yellow Brick Road at the Royal Adelaide Show.

Yellow Brick Road participants who visit our stall will receive heirloom corn seeds to grow at home, an interactive corn poster to complete throughout the City Crop Project, and have the first opportunity to become City Corn Crop farmers.

Other exciting activities on offer at the City Crop stall

Interactive corn display – get up close to heirloom corn plants to discover what happens underground in the City Crop.
Count the popcorn competition – guess how many popcorn seeds are in the jar for the chance to win a Diggers Club children’s gardening kit valued at $80.
That’s corn? – discover some of the kitchen staples made from corn, you might be surprised!

Did you know?

The Botanic Gardens of South Australia and the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural (RA&HS) Society have connected the community with plants and agriculture for 175 years.

Between 1844 and 1859 the Show was held adjacent to where Adelaide Botanic Garden stands today. For those who know the garden well it was right outside the Gingko Gate.

While the Botanic Gardens were included on Colonel William Light’s 1837 Plan of Adelaide some may be surprised to know the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society was instrumental in the formation of Adelaide Botanic Garden on its current site.

In 1854 their proposal for a botanic garden where Adelaide Botanic Garden is located currently was endorsed by the Government…and the rest is history!

The Botanic Gardens stall celebrates this shared history and the common values of the two organisations on what is an exciting 175th anniversary year for the RA&HS.

See you at the Show!