Peter Waite and his dog Shrimp
Waite Arboretum Labyrinth installed in 2010
One of a number of wildlife families in the Arboretum
#1216 Eucalyptus microcarpa Grey Box MYRTACEAE (original tree), SA, Vic., NSW, Qld.
An Arboretum is "a reference collection of trees and shrubs cultivated for scientific, horticultural and educational purposes. Specimens are usually arranged according to a scheme e.g. it may be systematic relationship, or country of origin, or perhaps commercial use. Aboreta differ from botanical gardens in that there are no herbaceous plants and aesthetic effects take secondary consideration" (Gardner G. 1990, p.1).
The Waite Arboretum was established in 1928 by a bequest to the University of Adelaide by Peter Waite,
A prominent pastoralist and businessman, He stipulated that the 27 hectares (occupied by the Arboretum) was to be a public space in perpetuity. The University of Adelaide choose to create an Arboretum. The purposes of the Arboretum are experimental i.e. to demonstrate and evaluate the suitability of a wide range of trees to the local environment. Many of the trees are grown without extra watering and provide a valuable resource for teaching, research and propagation and to provide an attractive and informative area for passive recreation.
Objectives of the Waite Aboretum
2017 – Dr Kate Delaporte was appointed Curator of the Waite Arboretum. Kate's curatorship continues to, enhance and add to these obectives
The Arboretum contains a number of special collections including one of the most comprehensive and well-documented collections of eucalyptus. Other special collections including dragon trees, palms and cycads pears, oaks and more.
VISIT THE COLLECTIONS by walking the Arboretum or via the Waite Arboretum App
Growth of plantings:
Areas – Sections
Visiting the Arboretum: The Aboretum is opened to the public daily from dawn to dusk. No dogs and or pets are allowed in the Arboretum except for registered guide and assistance dogs, as permitted under the relevant Act. In all other areas of the University of Adelaide's Waite campus dogs must be on a lead.