Curator's Tour: Behind the Blooms - Magnolias, Camellias and Rhododendrons. Sunday 30 August 2020, Mount Lofty Botanic Garden - Chris Steele Scott Visitor Pavilion, Sunday, 30. August 2020

Curator's Tour: Behind the Blooms - Magnolias, Camellias and Rhododendrons
This Curator's Tour will provide valuable information about the selection and maintenance of Camellias, Magnolias and Rhododendrons. Learn about these enthralling cool - climate flowering plants and experience their stunning diversity first-hand at Mount Lofty Botanic Garden's iconic gullies.
In a field study, led by Mount Lofty Botanic Garden's Supervisor and flowering shrub expert Robert Hatcher, you'll learn about growing conditions, evergreen and deciduous varieties.
Experience the Garden's Rhododendron Gully - boasting one of Australia's best rhododendron collections - alone contains at least 150 species, with several threatened in the wild.
There are a further 40 species of Camellias and similar number of Magnolia / Magnoliaceae represented at the Garden's wildly popular Magnolia and South East Asian Gullies.
As the session involves walking up hills, appropriate footwear is required (sturdy shoes). Please bring wet weather gear as it is sometimes rainy and cold. A reasonable fitness level is required for this walk.
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Robert Hatcher
Rob has worked the horticulture industry for over 31 years. Currently he is Horticultural Supervisor at the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden overseeing the internationally renowned Rhododendron collection as well as the Fern and Gondwanan collections. Previously Rob has worked in local government managing parks and gardens and in PNG managing Cocoa plantations. Rhododendrons have been a passion since being introduced formally to the genus in the early 1980s. His extensive knowledge of the Rhododendron genus has been acquired over many years of curation and research. He has held office as the State President and as the National  President of the Australian Rhododendron Society, is an active member of the Rhododendrons Species Foundation since 2008 and presented conference papers at the two International Rhododendron Convention.


Sunday, 30. August 2020, Mount Lofty Botanic Garden - Chris Steele Scott Visitor Pavilion, Curator's Tour: Behind the Blooms - Magnolias, Camellias and Rhododendrons. Sunday 30 August 2020

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