Economic Botany Today

Date(s) - 26/10/2015 - 27/10/2015
All Day

Noel Lothian Hall, Adelaide Botanic Garden


World-leading botanical mind to school Adelaide

One of the world’s great botanical minds, Professor David Mabberley, is coming to Adelaide in October to deliver an intimate two-day Economic Botany Today Master Class.

Class participants (you don’t have to be a botanist to get a kick out of Professor Mabberley’s teachings) at the Adelaide Botanic Garden-based Master Class will gain a much deeper understanding of plants – how they’ve shaped our past and how they can impact our future.

Over six compelling lecture-demonstrations (Monday and Tuesday, October 26-27), the Master Class will explore the relationship between plants and people, the fascinating daily encounters of which include food, textiles, medicines, drugs, dyes, pesticides and perfumes.

Director of the Botanic Gardens of South Australia, Stephen Forbes, said Professor Mabberley’s return to Adelaide is a major boon for anyone with even a passing interest in the plant kingdom.

“To have someone of Professor Mabberley’s stature in the botanical world, here in Adelaide, is a really exciting prospect – a rare opportunity to learn in-depth about the biological basis of human society from the world’s greatest botanist,” Mr Forbes said.

Spliced among the six lecture-demonstrations will be daily morning and afternoon teas and lunch, a tour of the Santos Museum of Economic Botany with Curator Tony Kanellos, a tour of relevant parts of Adelaide Botanic Garden Living Collections with Director Stephen Forbes, and a class-concluding botanical cocktail party.

Class size is limited to 16 places, so book fast. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn from a true botanical master in a small and intimate group setting!

Professor Mabberley was formerly Director of the Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (UK) and Executive Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust in Sydney, and is currently an Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College, University of Oxford and Extraordinary Professor at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands.

He’s also a prolific author with almost 300 publications to his name (including the indispensable Mabberley’s Plant-Book – a classic botanical reference that gives an overview of the world’s flora).

For more information on the Economic Botany Today Master Class and to register visit the Botanic Gardens of South Australia website,

Economic Botany Today

Monday and Tuesday, October 26-27

Noel Lothian Hall, Adelaide Botanic Garden

9:00am – 5:00pm

Cost: $550 per person (if booked before August 31), $695 standard rate