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Oriental gardens are beautiful, serene places, where spirituality can be embodied in plants and the natural surrounds. These gardens reflect nature on a small scale. Symbolism is a very important part of the design.

The basis of this garden design philosophy is that all energy in the universe is reflected in all the natural elements found around us. Water, stone and plants are popular features in Oriental Gardens and are historically used in these designs to reflect the philosophy.

There is often an element of the mystical, for example, tightly winding stone paths can be used to confuse ‘malicious spirits’ that may follow an unwary traveller.

Japanese gardens are very meditative and include ‘value voids’ and spaces between garden elements like water, feature plants and trees, and structures. There are many different expressions in Japanese gardens; dry raked pebbles that imitate mountains and water movement, richly planted tea gardens and gently flowing water features. Colour is used in a very measured way in Japanese gardens.

We will discuss techniques of gardening include clipping and topiary, wiring to shape and wooden supports, all done to enhance the wellbeing and longevity of the plants.

Contact Details

8222 9311

[email protected]


  • Carpark
  • Public Toilet

Adelaide Botanic Garden

Goodman Building, Hackney Road
Adelaide SA 5000


12 Sep 2019, 09:00 AM 04:00 PM


All tickets:

Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite or over the phone by calling (08) 8222 9311.
(Please note that bookings made online will incur a booking fee).

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Caters for people with high support needs who travel with a support person.