Guest Speakers

Friends of the AALBG Guest Speaker Series

AALBG Conference Room

Dates to be advised.

Other Events


Bonsai Interest Group BEGINNERS - Saturday 26th May, 10.30am - 11.30am

This FREE event is perfect for those who are interested in getting started with native plant bonsai. The session wil be held in the Arid Explorers Children's Garden Shelter Shed (ask in the Visitor Centre for directions).

For bookings or queries, call 86419116.


Bonsai Interest Group BEGINNERS PLUS - Saturday 26th May 12.30pm - 2.30pm

This FREE session will look at:
* selecting pre-bonsai plants
* potting on pre-bonsai plants
* pruning to shape (bring along a bonsai you would like to prune & we'll all get involved
* what Australian natives seem best suited to bonsai
* bonsai resources
This session will be held in the Arid Explorers Children's Garden Shelter Shed (ask for directions in the visitor Centre if required).

For bookings call 86419116


Botanic Gardens Day 2018 - Sunday 27th May

The 2018 Botanic Garden Day will be held across Australia and New Zealand on Sunday, 27th May, 2018.

Botanic gardens, arboretum and gardens in Australia and New Zealand will celebrate the vital work botanic gardens do for plant conservation, including right here at the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden (AALBG)

Call 86419116 with any queries.


Bonsai Interest Group MASTERCLASS - Sunday 10th June, 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Come & join us for a Masterclass in the art of Bonsai. Running the session will be Robert Hatcher, Senior Horticulturalist at the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden who also runs masterclasses in Adelaide.
Rob will tell us a little of his personal bonsai journey and explain what we are trying to achieve with bonsai. he will talk about basic maintenance, watering, bonsai potting mix, root pruning, potting on and more. This will include a demonstration of taking an Arid Lands plant from tube stock to bonsai pot, including pruning & wiring.
Each participant will take away a bonsai plant which they will "build" on the day.
Cost: $110 ($80 for Friends of the AALBG members). The $110 payment will include Friends membership.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL by calling 86419116.
Limited numbers!!



Arid Explorers Children’s Garden – FREE and always available

the AALBG has created an “Arid Explorers Children's Garden”, a free nature play garden which provides a fun and educational play space for children to spend time outdoors learning about the flora, fauna and environments found in Australia's arid lands regions. This is an enclosed garden with lots of fun opportunities for climbing, building, balancing, playing in the “big red” sand pit, exploring & being creative. The shelter shed in this area can be booked for groups/activities/kids parties. If you would like to bring a group to use this space, please call (08) 8641 9116 to ensure it is available.

Children’s Discovery Walk – FREE and always available

Explore the eremophila garden and discover the hidden rusty animals hiding among the bushes. Start at the Visitor

Centre and collect an animal discovery brochure from the gift shop so children can mark off the animals as they find them. Ideal for children aged 2-12 and is a wonderful way for families to explore the garden. If you would prefer to print off a checklist before you arrive, you can download one here.

School Holiday Activity Table and Sand Play Table

Every school holidays, including interstate holidays, a free activity table is set up at the Visitor Centre to keep children entertained while parents spend time browsing the gift and plant shop, or enjoying a relaxing coffee in the picturesque cafe. Children can enjoy sand play and create their own landscapes using natural materials gathered from the garden.

For any event enquiries please call (08) 8641 9116.