Wittunga Botanic Garden is 13 hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens in Blackwood, south of Adelaide. Originally Ashby's farm and homestead, it has been transformed into a blooming delightful display of Australian and South African native plants. Wittunga is free to visit and open every day - read more about it in this article.
More than 70 botanic gardens around Australia and New Zealand are hosting events on Sunday 28 May, and Wittunga Botanic Garden at Blackwood has treats and fun things to do lined up for you at their free Open Day. Bring the whole family to enjoy the spectacular displays from exotic and native plants, many in flower at the moment. When I visited today I was amazed by the showy displays of huge Protea and Banksia blossoms which massed to produce dazzling colours.
A Stunning Protea Flower and Bee at Wittunga Botanic Garden
Join in free guided tours of Wittunga Botanic Garden on the Open Day, led by the Director, of Botanic Gardens SA, his Deputy, and volunteer guides throughout the day. There's so much to see on the tours - as well as the beautiful display of flowers, keep your eyes open for koalas in the many gum trees at Wittunga. There are countless native birds which create a constant musical background, while a dedicated butterfly garden is a source of delight for children.
Families with children can join in free nature play activities for kids at the Wittunga Open Day. Unstructured nature play in a park is a great way to entertain kids and keep them healthy, and interest in nature play in SA has been growing fast. Nature Play SA will keep little ones entertained, building stuff with creative play using natural elements.
Kids will love to visit the duck landing or the billabong, where ducks and waterbirds of all shapes and sizes come together for a chat and to feed. The billabong is not quite as big as the St Peters Billabong, but I don't think size matters.
Children Love the Ducks and Water Birds at Wittunga
If you love growing native plants for their colour, low maintenance and to attract birds then don't miss the Friends of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide Plant Sale at Wittunga Botanic Garden. Proceeds will go to a good cause.
Take a break from all the free things to do and enjoy great coffee and tasty cakes from The Owl & The Elephant pop-up café in the botanic gardens. With a persimmon tree fruiting in Wittunga at the moment, I wonder if persimmon cake will be on offer?
You can also watch planting an endangered Kangaroo Island species, supplied by the South Australian Seed Conservation Centre, and listen to the official opening speech by BGANZ President, John Sandham.
The theme of this year's Open Day is Botanic Gardens Conserving Plants – Our Lives Depend On It, and Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium Director, Dr Lucy Sutherland says it's an important message. "Plants sustain life and are essential to our well-being and livelihoods as sources of oxygen, food, shelter, fuel, clothing, medicines and more," Dr Sutherland says.
Wittunga is located on Shepherds Hill Road at Blackwood, and the free Wittunga Open Day takes place from 10am until 2pm on Sunday May 28. Please remember that pets, alcohol and bicycle riding are not permitted in botanic gardens.
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These gardens are an ideal place to relax and everyone in the family should enjoy them.There are water rats living there and they like to hang around the rubbish bin,just down from the car park near the water.The grassy slopes are a nice place to lay a mat with a hamper etc.There is not a lot of parking in the actual garden area,but there is plenty close by in the side streets.The photos look good...that of the water hens is a work of art..Monet like.