Autumn colours set to dazzle at Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

Date posted: 11 April 2017

Information sourced from Environment Minister Ian Hunter's media release 

Thousands of visitors are expected at Mount Lofty Botanic Garden over the next few weeks for one of the Adelaide Hills’ most beautiful sights – its transformation into a panorama of scarlets, yellows and bronzes.

The annual autumn show – when the leaves on the Garden’s cool-climate trees, such as oaks, maples and liquidambars begin to turn – is expected to be in its prime from Easter through to ANZAC Day.

A pop-up café - thanks to The Owl & The Elephant café in Uraidla - will be set up in the Chris Steele Scott Pavilion across Easter Weekend, selling coffee, cakes, water and soft drinks, using local producers where possible. It will be set up again on Saturday & Sunday 22-23 April.

Additional car parking will be available at Piccadilly Oval from Friday 14 April until Monday 17 April, and across the ANZAC Day weekend (Saturday 22 April to Tuesday 25 April).

Background

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is dedicated to the cultivation and display of the world’s cool-climate plants, which thrive in the Adelaide Hills environment.

In autumn 2016, visitors flocked to the Garden in record numbers, spurred by stunning social media imagery.

An album of autumn visitors’ images went viral on the Garden’s Facebook page last April, reaching more than 220,000 people and resulting in an 11 per cent increase in visitor numbers, to more than 416,000 in 2015-16.

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden opened to the public in November 1977 and it will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Sunday 5 November 2017 with a free public event, featuring live music, food and children’s activities. Details will be revealed on our website later in the year.

Quotes attributable to Environment Minister Ian Hunter

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is one of the Adelaide Hills’ true gems, and autumn is one of the perfect times to visit as the trees burst into new colours.

With 97 hectares to see and explore, it’s the perfect place to bring friends and family for a picnic over the Easter or ANZAC Day weekends, or to sneak up on a weekday to try to beat the crowds.

The Garden’s signature vibrant and sprawling gullies and lakeside vistas are testament to the hard work and passion of staff, and I’m looking forward to celebrating its 40th birthday in November.