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: Plant Propagation: Principles and Practices

Dates: Sunday 6 May or Sunday 23 September
Time: 10am to 3pm
Where: Mount Lofty Botanic Garden
Cost: $190 (includes lunch, tea and coffee)

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.

Download the course flyer for more information.
Book your spot online through Eventbrite - Sun 6 May or Sun 23 September

Workshop: The Ancient Art of Topiary

Date: Thursday 10 May or Sunday 4 November
Times: 9am to 12pm or 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Where: Mount Lofty Botanic Garden Nursery, Lampert Road
Tickets: $85 (+ booking fee if booked online)

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.

Download the course flyer for more information.
Book your spot online through Eventbrite - Thurs 10 May OR Sun 4 Nov

Masterclass: Australian Native Bonsai

Date: Sunday 27 May or Thursday 18 October
Time: 10am to 3pm
Where: Mount Lofty Botanic Garden Nursery (enter through the Trade Gate to the right of the Lower Carpark entrance)
Cost: $200 (+ booking fee if booked online - includes bonsai to take home, lunch and tea & coffee) *Book quickly - class size limited to 10 spots

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.

Download the course flyer for more information.
Book your spot online through Eventbrite - Sun 27 May OR Thurs 18 Oct

Workshop: Pruning for Fruit

Date: Sunday 1 July
Time: 9am to 12pm or 1pm to 4pm
Where: Mount Lofty Botanic Garden Nursery (map on flyer below)
Tickets: $95 (+ booking fee if purchased online), available via Eventbriteor by phoning 8222 9311.

Understanding optimal growing conditions and correct pruning techniques is fundamental to getting the best from your fruit trees. It allows you to control the fruit’s size, shape and vigour.

Participants in this workshop will learn the foundations of growing your own fruit trees and the correct pruning techniques to maintain good fruit size, quality and quantity and to keep your fruit trees bearing fruit throughout their productive life.

Download the course flyer for more information.
Book your spot online through Eventbrite.

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

Dates: Thursday 9 August or Sunday 26 August
Time: 10am to 3pm
Where: Mount Lofty Botanic Garden
Cost: $190 (includes lunch, tea and coffee)

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.

Download the course flyer for more information.
Book your spot online through Eventbrite - Thurs 9 August or Sun 26 August

Curator Tour: Behind the Blooms

Date: Thursday 6 September
Time: 9:30am to 12pm
Where: Mount Lofty Botanic Garden Nursery (enter through the Trade Gate to the right of the Lower Carpark entrance, off Lampert Road)
Cost: $65 (+ booking fee if purchased online)

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.

Download the course flyer for more information
Book your spot online through Eventbrite

Masterclass: The Art of Bonsai: Principles and Practices

Dates: Sunday 14 October
Time: 10am to 3pm
Where: Mount Lofty Botanic Garden
Cost: $200 (includes lunch, tea, coffee and your own bonsai to take home)

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.

Download the course flyer for more information.
Book your spot online through Eventbrite - Sun 14 October

Masterclass: Demystifying Orchids

Date: Sunday 9 September
Time: 10am to 3pm
Where: Mount Lofty Botanic Garden Nursery (enter via the Trade Gate to the right of the Lower Carpark entrance, Lampert Road)
Cost: $190 (+ booking fee if purchased online)

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.

Download the course flyer for more information.
Book your spot online through Eventbrite.