Discover the diversity of Australian plants including spectacular trees dating back to the original plantings of the Garden over 150 years ago, as well as trees from across Australia. This session will focus on how the arboretum’s living specimens and consider succession planning in the context of short v’s long term planning.

  • Habitat pruning to retain and create opportunities for our resident fauna utilising experienced arborists to create these habitats:
  • Sensitivity around labelling and protecting trees though attaching labels without nailing and at height to avoid vandalism;
  • Successional planning through selecting species that match the light levels in a given location, whilst utilising the benefit that the canopy provides in creating a microclimate.

John Sandham

John took up an apprenticeship at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 1972 and went on to develop his horticulture career at University of Durham Botanic Garden and the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. John moved to Australia in 1989 and first started working for the Botanic Gardens of South Australia as the Curator of Conservatory Displays and Plant Propagation. John now holds the role of the Living Collections Development Officer which looks after the three gardens at Mt Lofty, Wittunga and the city gardens in Adelaide. As primary educator, plays a pivotal role with the Australian Centre of Horticultural Excellence. John has been an active member of the Botanic Gardens Australia New Zealand (BGANZ) Association since his appointment as South Australian Representative in 2012, he became its Treasure in 2013 and served as its President from 2015 to 2017. He is currently part of the BGANZ Collection and Records Management (BCARM) working group.