Botanic Gardens display wows visitors to rose convention

Matt Coulter reports on plant and flowers displays arranged for the World Federation of Rose Societies’ Rose Convention and Rose & Garden Expo 22 which is being held this week in the Adelaide Convention Centre.

The Botanic Gardens of SA and State Herbarium put in a display of the three gardens we manage: Adelaide Botanic Garden; Mt Lofty Botanic Garden; and Wittunga Botanic Garden. Plants were propagated and grown at the nursery within the Mt Lofty Botanic Garden.

More than 200 plants were displayed to represent each garden with large photographic backdrops adding to the experience. The star of the display was a large 50-year-old Dendrobium speciosum in full flower. Other large plants were Juniperus chinensis ‘Pyramidalis, Magnolia ‘White Caviar’ and Boronia ‘Purple Jared’.

Other plants selected were Hydrangea macrophylla cvs, Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’, Hippeastrum papilio, Choisya ternata, Buxus microphylla var. japonica (one large, clipped plant with many smaller clipped specimens), topiary Lonicera nitida balls; Digitalis purpurea, Protea cyanaroides, Leucadendron cvs, Boronia megastigma cvs, and Serruria florida.

As well as these plants we supplied flowering plants of the following to give added colour in the main areas of other displays, these included over 400 plants with cineraria, foxgloves, violas and pansies and aquilegia. There was also a cut flower display created with flowers from each of the three gardens.


Matt Coulter is the Horticultural Curator of Plant Propagation, growing plants for the three gardens that make up the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. He is a regular contributor to social media.

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