Date posted: 15 August 2017
The new five-year Strategic Plan for the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium (BGSH) will focus on boosting scientific research and advancing nature-based tourism initiatives to create destination gardens.
The BGSH Strategic Plan 2017-2022 sets the direction for the Adelaide, Mount Lofty and Wittunga Botanic Gardens, the State Herbarium and the South Australian Seed Conservation Centre.
The plan is underpinned by three strategic focus areas: creating destination gardens, deepening our science, and facilitating lifelong learning and engagement.
The strategic plan priorities will boost scientific research and education and ultimately lead to more visitors across the three gardens.
The five-year plan also outlines opportunities to plan for and develop a new BGSH centre to unify operations, located closer to North Terrace.
The strategic plan of the BGSH Board was last revised in 2011.
Stakeholders including the Adelaide Botanic Garden Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide have been involved in creating the new plan.
Quotes attributable to Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter
The Botanic Gardens and its affiliated sites are some of the most beautiful parts of our state and contribute to education and activities that encourage outdoor learning and participation in nature.
This strategic plan supports key economic priorities of South Australia, focusing on nature-based tourism initiatives to create destination gardens.
The plan’s priorities will boost scientific research and education and ultimately lead to more visitors across the three gardens.
Quotes attributable to Presiding Member of the Board of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium Judy Potter
The strategic plan aims to drive forward tourism aspects of the gardens alongside the scientific basis of their existence, diversifying and expanding our offerings.
This will have far reaching benefits for the community including those interested in science, education and leisure.
A new centre for the BGSH closer to North Terrace will support better linkages with the North Terrace Cultural Precinct and universities and address issues regarding the State Herbarium reaching capacity.
Quotes attributable to Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium Director, Dr Lucy A. Sutherland
The focus areas of our new strategic plan highlight a renewed emphasis on filling gaps in knowledge and collections and developing new science-based solutions to conserve biodiversity.
Expanding our public programmes with enriched, evolving experiences that share our work in horticulture, science and research will provide unique opportunities for people to experience plants throughout their lives.