South Australia Special Events
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As well as our weekly program of wonderful open gardens, which can be found here, Open Gardens Australia also has an exciting range of Special Events throughout the year.
Some events require pre-booking and as numbers are strictly limited we urge you to book well ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

Upcoming events in South Australia

Port Elliot Walk, Port Elliot. 21 September
Plant Fair at Al-Ru Farm, One Tree Hill. 5 & 6 October
Sensational South East Tour, South East SA. 3 to 5 November
Decorating the Christmas Table, Mitcham. 13 November
Port Elliot Walk
Port Elliot

Sunday 21 September. 10am - 4.30pm
(No bookings required)

A strong sense of community has brought together diverse talents and passions represented by art, history and a love of plants and gardens.

Four contrasting gardens and studios will showcase sculpture, ceramics, pottery and sustainable planting plans. Relish in the artistry and passion reflected in them as you enjoy a walk through the village of Port Elliot.

You will visit an historic garden first established in 1853; a garden with a Mediterranean palette of plants graced by sculptures and ceramics; a simple Sculpture Garden; and a plant-lover's garden packed with Australian natives, herbs and veggies.

Event Details:
Entry: $15.00 for entry to all four gardens, no charge for children under 18
Tickets Availability: Tickets only available on the day from South Seas Books & Trading, 53 North Terrace, Port Elliot
Information:A map of the gardens will be provided upon purchase.
Please note the tickets will not be available at the gardens

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Plant Fair at Al-Ru Farm
One Tree Hill

Sunday 5 October & Monday 6 October 2014
(No bookings required)

Mark this date in your diary!

Gardener's heaven - the opportunity to find that perfect plant from a select group of specialist nurseries - both local and interstate.

Talk to these expert growers, find something out of the ordinary and at the same time be inspired by Al-Ru Farm, one of our finest gardens.

Created by talented plantswoman Ruth Irving, it is a garden for all seasons, using bold brush strokes to paint dramatic garden pictures. The garden will be awash with pink silene, lime green euphorbias, campanulas and crabapples, and Bellis perennis will adorn the wild garden.

You can leave your purchases in the plant creche while you enjoy the garden and refreshments.

Event Details:
Address: One Tree Hill Rd, One Tree Hill
Directions: UBD 54:K13. Garden at T-junction of Black Top & One Tree Hill Rds.
Open: 10am-4.30pm. $10.00, no charge for children under 18
Information: Please note that dogs, apart from assistance dogs, are not permitted

Sensational South East Tour
South East of SA

Monday 3 to Wednesday 5 November


Booking details:
Bookings are essential for this event as places are very limited.

Tickets $790.00 all transfers via coach, accommodation and meals (with wine).
(Single supplements apply: $90 for a Garden View room or $140 for a King Suite)

To book please phone 03 5427 1488 during business hours or email national@opengarden.org.au

Members of Friends of Open Gardens Australia are entitled to a 5% discount to this event. Click here to find out more.

Please note: If you have specific dietary requirements, please advise us of them via email immediately after you have booked: Click here to email
Open Gardens Australia is offering an exciting opportunity to visit a wonderful selection of seven very beautiful private gardens in South Australia's South East.

All of these exceptionally fine gardens will be at their beautiful spring best!

We'll visit the glorious Stordalen Place where, framed by a beautiful collection of trees, a series of garden rooms are filled with over 500 roses, shrubs and perennials.

In the romantic and tranquil garden of Aberfoyle you'll find gorgeous roses, swathes of perennials and elegant shrubs as well as lovely ponds and a swimming pool complete with waterfall.

At Sheriffmuir gentle curving beds and deciduous trees shelter plantings of bulbs, perennials and roses in delightful colour-cordinated swathes.

St. Mary's Vineyard features wonderful stone walls and a broad palette of Mediterranean plants including salvias, verbenas and roses cleverly combined with striking foliage highlights.

At Camawald you'll be delighted by the spring perennials and more than 1,000 roses as well as the Arboretum where indgenous and exotic trees shelter a collection of species roses growing in a natural environment.

The romantic Burchell Garden, where we'll enjoy our Melbourne Cup Day lunch, was created around an old dairy and limestone sheds. There's a delightful woodland and roses lead to an abundant vegetable garden with espaliered fruit trees.

And at The Barn Palais a formal framework is filled with a rich and diverse selection of wonderful plants. Rugosa and Delbard roses, areas of dry-climate plantings and a lovely bog-garden.

This wonderful three-day tour by luxury coach includes all meals and two nights accommodation at the award-winning Barn Palais.
Event Details:
Tour departs Adelaide Central Bus Station 8.30am Monday and returns 6pm Wednesday


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Decorating the Christmas Table
Mitcham

Thursday 13 November. 11am - 2pm
Booking details:
WE REGRET THAT THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED
Talented florists Marg Wilkinson and Di Wark will demonstrate how to create a stunning Christmas table using flowers and greenery.

Tricks of the trade make the impossible seem easy - so napkin rings and centerpieces can be created confidently and quickly.

Enjoy a garden luncheon and wander beneath lovely old elms sheltering hardy plants against a backdrop of eucalypts and other Australian natives.

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