What’s On


FRIDAY 25 MARCH 2023: Wittunga Botanic Garden Guided Walk members' event (Shepherds Hill Road, Blackwood, SA 5051). Please RSVP by 20 March 2023 to Jo – crosby-jo@yahoo.com.au  Please advise if you would like a lift from Urrbrae House.

FEBRUARY 2023: The Waite Gatehouse has been pulled down and has been placed in storage.   The Gatehouse will be rebuilt on the area previously known as the Dry Rainforest.   The Dry Rainforest collection has been carefully removed and a fence has been placed around the site.  

ENJOY THE WAITE ARBORETUM Join the Friends of the Waite Arboretum – Take a free Guided Walk in the Arboretum on the first Sunday of the month (except in January).

Save the Waite Gatehouse

Save the Waite Arboretum Trees

from the Cross and Fullarton Road

Intersection Roadworks.

2022 – FUNDRAISING – Waite Arboretum products for sale

Aprons – pockets x over at shoulder and ties at the back, one size $25                                                                                  We Tote Bags – in green or a natural colour with a green or white and a FWA 'Dragon Tree' logo, 30cm x 40cm.                     Shirt Large – Across the shoulders 51cm, under arm to shirt bottom 45cm, across chest 63cm, sholder to shirt bottom 70cm at $30 each.                                                                                                                                                                                 Shirt Medium – Across shoulders 48cm, under arm to shirt bottom 45cm, across chest 60cm, shoulder to shirt bottom 70cm at $30 each.                                                                                                                                                                              Broad Brimmed Hats – Brush Heavy Sport, twill hats medium, green or a natural colour $25 each.   Caps- Green or a natural colour at  $25 each.  PRICES MAY CHANGE.  Please email the Friends to place an order. Email: friendswaitearboretum@gmail.com                                                                                                                                                                                  

SATURDAY 1.30pm 19 FEBRUARY 2022 – OPENING of Made While Nobody Was Looking exhibition by Sonya Rankine – Ngarrindjeri, Narungga, Ngadjuri woman of South Australia on the lawns, rear of Urrbrae House

Made While Nobody Was Looking an exhibition by members of Basketry SA, reflecting the love of handmade, using traditional methods in a contemporary Urrbrae House.  Gallery open Sunday 20 February – Tuesday 1 March 2022.  Monday – Friday 10.30am – 3pm, Saturday and Sunday 1pm – 4pm

MONDAY 1.30pm 7 JUNE 2021 AGM: Urrbrae House. 


  • Dr Jennifer Gardner (Waite Arboretum Curator 1986 – 2017) Speaking at the Save the Waite Gatehouse – Save the Waite Arboretum Trees' rally on Sunday 31 January 2021.
  • http://youtu.be/_33CFw5xa3w
  • SUNDAY 31 JANUARY 2021 RALLY 11am to SAVE the Lodge and to SAVE the Waite Arboretum Trees, Corner of Fullarton Road and Cross Road Urrbrae

MONDAY 12 OCTOBER 2020: AGM – The AGM will take place as a virtual meeting. 

SATURDAY 2 MAY 2020: World Labyrinth Day "Come and walk the Waite Arboretum Labyrinth on World Labyrinth Day on Saturday 2nd May 2020 then explore the Arboretum with the Waite Arboretum app".


WEDNESDAY 1 APRIL 2020COVID-19 cononavirus update: The Friends' 25th AGM scheduled for late April 2020 has been deferred until further notice. 

The Friends' regular bi-monthly committee meetings are continuing, using remote meeting systems.  All guided tours and on site volunteer group work have been cancelled.   Our Newsletters will continued to be published and distributed as before.  Our fund raising and a number of our activities have been curtailed.  However, we continue to welcome your support, donations and new memberships to support your enjoyment, the maintenance, and enhancement of the Arboretum.     

Visit the Waite Arboretum: The Arboretum remains open and is accessiable to the public from dawn to sunset.

Visit the Friends' new website: The new website www.friendsofwaitearboretum.org became publicily operational in December 2019.  We are continuing to work on the the site and your suggestions and ideas are welcome.   Most of the Friends' Newsletters are now available via the website starting with the #1 1994 Summer edition. 

Please do not hesitate to visit the Waite Arboretum and or contact your committee members for futher information.


JANUARY 2020: THE WAITE ARBORETUM TREES ARE UNDER THREAT (Photo Terry Langham, 23 January 2020)

Plans to change the Cross Road and Fullarton Road intersection will result in the removal of our century old trees and the State Hertiage listed lodge on the north western corner of the University of Adelaide Waite Campus.  Supporters of the Waite Arboretum are demonstrating to make the public aware of this very important issue. 
































































































15 – 27 FEBRUARY 2020  Tracks Through Weaving by The Friends of the Waite Arboretum Inc. and Basketry South Australia Inc.

An exhibition by members of Basketry SA, reflecting the love of the handmade, using traditional methods in a contemporay way. At Urrbrae House, University of Adelaide, Waite Campus. 15 – 27 February 2020, Monday – Friday 11am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 1.00pm – 4pm.

MONDAY 8 APRIL  2019 AGM'S Guest speakers were Ron Smernik, Ashlea Doolette, Max McQuillan and Mikala Kidd Phosphorus nutrition of eucalypts in the Waite Arboretum, Waite Conservation Reserve and beyond.

Phosphorus (P) is ranked in the top three essential plant nutrients (along with nitrogen and potassium. Australian soils are renowned for being P deficient and indeed the addition of P fertiliser is a cornerstone of enhancing productivity in high-input cropping and horticultural systems across the nation. But what about our "low-input" and "unmanaged" systems? Are they all P-impoverished? And if not, why not? Our quest to answer these questions, has taken this group of researchers across the country and then back to the Waite.