Do you agree with the proposed ehancements to the Adelaide Botanic Garden as part of the review of the Masterplan?

We are looking for your feedback on a number of ideas that we believe will enhance the experience and amenities for visitors to the Adelaide Botanic Garden.

Your views will help inform whether or not these concepts are included in the revision of the current Masterplan.

Read the draft Adelaide Botanic Garden Masterplan 2020, the proposed enhancements and FAQs and have your say by commenting below.

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Phil Schmidt

22 Oct 2020

Bicentennial Conservatory needs to have heating reinstated or replaced with a more efficient system. It is a world class structure with a third rate interior. And most importantly it needs staff to look after the plant collections. It is currently overrun with weedy species. Most of the current collection was planted for a warm tropical environment a lot of which are struggling or have died out and been replaced with weedy species. It should have the heat turned back on and the plant collection replaced or, if the heat is to remain off, the plant collection totally overhauled as it cannot be the Asian rainforest that it was originally planted as. If the plantings are reconsidered it would be good to get back the links to local garden societies that were lost when the Schomburg Range was destroyed. It would also be good to reinstate the cooperation with the zoo to have back animals in the Conservatory to assist in pest control as there were in the past.
Amazon Waterlilly Pavillion. This 4 million dollar glass box still does not grow plants! It has whitewash and film on the glass (sacrilegious) and no humidity control. Note that the only plants without burnt leaves in the main pond area are Fittonias as they hug the ground and the little bit of humidity left at that level. There were shade options in the original plans for the glasshouse that have not been implemented and there are options for humidity control that will enhance the growth of plants.
A.M. Simpson Shadehouse. The plantings in this Shadehouse have not changed in over 40 years!. Yes the structure needs some work but the actual plantings need more work. Again there are local plant societies who would be more than happy to assist in updating the plantings. But the main thing the Botanic Gardens needs is more GARDENING STAFF.

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Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium > Phil Schmidt

22 Oct 2020

Thanks for your very thoughtful and detailed feedback, Phil. Much appreciated.

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Tracy Holtze

19 Oct 2020

I’ve read the draft plan-and people’s comments here with great interest. While a boardwalk for improved access under the figs is a bonus I agree that the wonderful buttress roots will no longer be visible or appreciated- how wide is the proposed boardwalk? Is it somehow possible to provide one for those that need it while leaving a section so the roots can still be viewed and walked through?
As an aside to the plans and review, on a recent visit to show the younger family members the wisteria arbours we noticed a small plaque that used to acknowledge our GGGgrandfather’s (3rd director Maurice Holtze) planting of the arbour was no longer in place but rather acknowledged the company that funded the restoration was in its place. While I acknowledge it’s not possible to recognise every directors ‘plantings’ across the garden we had hoped this major feature would have been. It was a pity not to be able to show the kids this-sometimes oral history just isn’t enough. Thanks.

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Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium > Tracy Holtze

21 Oct 2020

Hi Tracy. Thank you for your thoughtful feedback. In relation to your question about the width of the proposed boardwalk, the concepts outlined in the Masterplan are only suggestions at this stage, so no specific plans have been made. As an aside, I'm sorry to hear about the removal of the Maurice Holtze plaque. I will pass that information onto the team as a separate item and if I learn any new information about it, I'll be sure to reach out. Take care.

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Guy D

15 Oct 2020

The raised board walk through the Moreton Bay figs looks like rat heaven to me.
It also represents a loss of the heritage / nostalgic ground level path.
I second Sandy Wilkinson's comment that it may also remove ground level appreciation of the glorious buttress roots.
I am in no way convinced that this structure is necessary to extend the lifespan of the trees, as is asserted in the draft document.
However, love the straight path from North Terrace, over the lake, and down the Avenue.

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Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium > Guy D

16 Oct 2020

Hi Guy, your input is much appreciated. Thank you.

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Rod de'Hoedt

15 Oct 2020

Returning the section of land taken in the 1960's for re establishment by the Botanic Gardens team. Government funding should always be sufficient to enable the Botanic Gardens staff to keep the Gardens and facilities in peak condition and a major attraction for locals and visitors to enjoy. Please do not starve this valuable asset of funds and try to gradually push it towards having to operate like a business for profit. Think about the longer term value in it's role as a peaceful reflective place and as a part of what attracts tourists with money to spend to our cultural precinct.

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Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium > Rod de'Hoedt

16 Oct 2020

Thanks very much for your comments, Rod.

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Barbara Bansemer

15 Oct 2020

I hope you are going to provide a useful-sized visitor information centre instead of squishing us into a corner of Diggers shop where we boil in summer and freeze in winter, and short volunteers have to perch uncomfortably on a swivel chair as the display bench is so high.
And where will you put it ? There are 5 entrances to the garden and the North Terrace and Plane Tree Drive are the ones most used, and if it goes near either of those half the visitors will miss it. Somewhere near the centre would be most useful, and well signed please. Maybe the lawn to the west of the Moreton Bay figs ?

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Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium > Barbara Bansemer

16 Oct 2020

Hi Barbara. We are still in the very early stages so no specific plans have been made as yet. The concepts outlined in the Masterplan are suggestions only at this stage which is why the community feedback is so important. Thank you for providing yours.

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S.G Klippel-Cooper

15 Oct 2020

The land that was promised to be returned to the Botanic Gardens should be fulfilled. Make the rose garden more visitor friendly, with the addition of more shaded seats. Currently, most of the seats are in direct sunlight which makes the areas unfriendly to disabled individuals as well as the aged and families. Covering the open pergola along the side of the old tram building, would encourage more people to use this section of the gardens and would provide an opportunity to hire out the Rose Gardens for Weddings and Celebrations. The addition of water stations throughout the gardens would encourage people to stay longer and truly enjoy the wonderful experience. Adding a citrus orchard, highlighting the importance of the citrus production to the growth of SA would be a wonderful addition to the gardens. No accommodation on Lot 14 or residential should be enforced, the gardens are for all of the people of SA to enjoy, not just for the rich. We definitely have enough hotels and international student accommodation without including that on Lot 14. The Botanic Gardens of Adelaide could be the showpiece of the state not the forgotten end of North Terrace, if it once again had a prominent presence on North Terrace instead of being hidden behind the enormous monstrosities being proposed for Lot 14.

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Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium > S.G Klippel-Cooper

16 Oct 2020

Hi S.G, thank you for having such a deep think about possible improvements and providing so many suggestions.

S.G Klippel-Cooper > S.G Klippel-Cooper

16 Oct 2020

If Frome Park ( which is under utilised), it is only a walkthrough to Frome Street is incorporated into the Botanic Gardens, the citrus Grove could be established there. With more families living on smaller blocks with no room for trees, the citrus grove would be an excellent educational experience for all schools. It could also show case the importance of bees and have a bee hive educational centre linking in with the Zoo.

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Sandy Wilkinson

12 Oct 2020

When John Hill of the then Labour government first discussed the relocation of the RAH he advised that portion of the old RAH would be returned to Parklands.
A hundred feet of land was taken from the Botanic Garden in the 1960's to enable the construction of the East Wing which has recently been demolished.
Surely with the relocation of the RAH to the Parklands site where it is now, at least this 100 foot wide section of land could be given back to the Botanic Gardens.
The only other feedback I have is that the raised boardwalk through the avenue of Morton Bay figs might actually conceal the appreciation of the buttress roots of these trees, which is their most notable feature in my view. The at grade gravel path with better uplighting of these trees is all that is needed.

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Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium > Sandy Wilkinson

16 Oct 2020

Hi Sandy, thanks so much for taking the time to leave you feedback. Much appreciated.

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