Colonel Light imagined the city would have a botanical garden, but after a number of unsuccessful attempts, it was finally established in its current location in 1854 on the northern side of the city grid. The gardens followed European models such as Kew in England and Versailles in France, combining an aesthetic and scientific purpose.
The Adelaide Botanic Garden opened to the public in 1857 and has been a popular attraction ever since. Today the gardens cover more than 23 hectares and are an integral part of the Adelaide Park Lands, including a range of specialist gardens, open lawns and spectacular trees from around the world, including original plantings dating back more than 150 years. Our garden in a park provides a unique city oasis and a living link to Light’s plan.