Botanic Gardens Masterclasses


 

 

Masterclasses are specialist courses run by industry experts on relevant and current horticulture topics. They're a great opportunity to network with others with similar interests, extend your expertise and stay up to date with the latest techniques. 

There are opportunities for people of all backgrounds at the Australian Centre of Horticultural Excellence, from those employed in a horticulture field, to those wanting to enter the industry to the home gardener wanting to extend their knowledge.

More Masterclasses will be added to this list in the coming months, so sign up for the Botanic Gardens’ Training and Workshops e-newsletter to be among the first to learn about these opportunities.

Masterclass: Advanced Plant Propagation - Leaf and root cuttings, grafting and budding

Date: Sun 26 Aug
Event Type: Masterclass

If you'd like to learn advanced techniques of plant propagation (including from leaf cuttings, root cuttings and grafting and budding), the Advanced Plant Propagation Masterclass is for you. An extension of the Plant Propagation Principles & Practices (not a pre-requisite), this class will dig deeper into propagation techniques for certain types of plants.

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Masterclass: Australian Native Bonsai

Date: Thurs 18 Oct
Event Type: Masterclass

Learn about the ancient art and science of Bonsai using Australian native plants from one of the Botanic Gardens of South Australia’s leading horticulturists, Rob Hatcher. You'll learn about the best horticultural practices to construct, grow and care for your very own Australian native bonsai in this practical and hands-on Masterclass.

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Masterclass: Demystifying Orchids

Date: Sun 9 Sep
Event Type: Masterclass

Developing your own collection of Orchids maybe easier than you think. In this practical hands-on Masterclass propagating and growing Orchids successfully will be demystified. This Masterclass will cover the scientific principles of plant growth and propagation methods, such as deflasking and plant division, and will include demonstrations of growing media and information on how to best look after your native orchids.

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Masterclass: Plant Propagation - Principles and Practices

Date: Sun 23 Sep
Event Type: Masterclass

Discover how to succeed with seedlings, take cuttings of rare or difficult-to-grow plants to enhance your garden, save money and satisfy the challenge of growing your own special plants. Learn from the Botanic Gardens of South Australia Nursery Curator in this practical hands-on Masterclass.

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Workshop: Topiary Craft

Date: Sun 4 Nov
Event Type: Workshop

The fascinating art of topiary isn't new, and it dates back to the first century AD when Roman Gardeners began shaping trees and shrubs by regular trimming and garden craft. Join this practical and hands-on workshop to discover the craft’s rich history and its link to ornamental horticulture, while learning how to grow, train and maintain your own topiary collection. You'll even get to take home your own topiary plant and carry on the ancient tradition. This workshop is running as part of South Australia's History Festival.

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Curator Tour: Behind the Blooms

Date: Thurs 6 Sep
Event Type: Curator Tour

Participants on this exclusive Curator's Tour will learn valuable information about the selection and maintenance of Camellias, Magnolias and Rhododendrons. Learn about these enthralling cool-climate flowering plants and experience their stunning diversity first-hand in Mount Lofty Botanic Garden's iconic gullies.

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Masterclass: The Art of Bonsai

Date: Sun 14 Oct
Event Type: Masterclass

Learn about the ancient art and science of Bonsai from one of the Botanic Gardens’ leading horticulturists, Rob Hatcher. In this practical hands on Masterclass you'll learn about the best horticultural practices to construct, grow and care for your very own Bonsai. You'll explore tricky Bonsai techniques such as correct watering and knowing when and how to prune and re-pot your Bonsai. At the end of the session you'll take home the Bonsai you constructed in class.

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Economic Botany Today with Professor David Mabberley

Date: 24-25 October
Event Type: Workshop

Spend two days learning from one of the world's great botanists, Professor David Mabberley. Our daily lives are full of close encounters with the plant kingdom - including food, textiles, medicines, drugs, dyes, pesticides and spices. In Mabberley's two-day Masterclass you'll learn about the fascinating world of what is, in fact, the human side of plant-animal interactions. This course is not only for botanists and ethnobotanists, but for all those interested in the biological basis of human society.

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