Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations      HubGarden      Recipes
1 million Australian readers every month      list your event

Wittunga Botanic Garden Open Day

Home > Adelaide > Community Events | Family | Free | Fun for Children | Fun Things To Do
by Dave Walsh (subscribe)
I enjoy writing about Adelaide and its many attractions. If you think Adelaide is boring, the problem is not with Adelaide. adelaideunearthed.blogspot.com.au/
Event:
Enjoy the beautiful scenery in the Adelaide Hills
wittunga botanic garden, wittunga, open day, botanic gardens, things to do, wittunga open day, blackwood, activities for kids, free things to do
There Are Activities for Kids and Free Things to Do at Wittunga Open Day


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.

wittunga botanic garden, wittunga, open day, botanic gardens, things to do, wittunga open day, blackwood, activities for kids, protea flower
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.

wittunga botanic garden, wittunga, open day, botanic gardens, things to do, wittunga open day, blackwood, activities for kids, water birds
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?

wittunga botanic garden, wittunga, open day, botanic gardens, things to do, wittunga open day, blackwood, activities for kids, nerine flowers
A Splash of Colour From Nerine Flowers


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 botanic garden, wittunga, open day, botanic gardens, things to do, wittunga open day, blackwood, activities for kids, banksia flower
A Banksia Flower Attracts Many Species of Birds


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.

wittunga botanic garden, wittunga, open day, botanic gardens, things to do, wittunga open day, blackwood, activities for kids, native plants
Growing Native Plants Attracts Native Birds to Your Garden


For more about the Open Day visit the Botanic Gardens of SA website, tune into Wittunga Botanic Garden on Facebook, or watch celebrity gardener Costa Georgiadis tell all in the video below.



Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  65
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Why? Wittunga Botanic Garden is fun to visit, and free!
When: 10am - 2pm
Where: Wittunga Botanic Garden
Cost: Free!
Your Comment
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.
by noelp (score: 3|1166) 120 days ago
Great article and photos!
by Hseam (score: 1|10) 118 days ago
Articles from other cities
Featured
Foodi Photoh Classie
Top Events
Popular Articles
Categories
Lists
Questions