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If you’ve been to Adelaide, there’s a good chance you’ve spent some time beneath the trees of the Botanic Garden, or the Botanic Park which sits across from it. Whether you were enjoying the cool shade of the gums and ferns of the Australian Forest, or the dappled shade on the sweeps of lawn in the Park, there’s no doubt that it’s the trees that make these places what they are and that helping them to thrive is critical to the success of these spaces. Achieving this is not a walk in the park – so to speak. This is South Australia, after all…

Karen Smith is one of five Adelaide Botanic Garden curators, and – as you’d expect – together with her team, she’s responsible for the routine maintenance of her section of the Gardens. With years of expertise behind her (a specialist degree in plant physiology, time at the Waite Arboretum and Brisbane’s Roma Street Parkland among other career moments), she always has an eye out for ways to help future-proof the landscapes in her care – as much as that is possible given these are living, dynamic systems.


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