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Description & Photos
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Garden Notes
The Garden Notes are written by the garden owners and often tell the story of their garden. We try to provide Garden Notes ahead of the opening for every garden, but unfortunately this is not always possible. Garden Notes will usually be available in the week prior to the garden opening and will remain available online after the garden has opened. A list of available Garden Notes (in pdf format) can be found by using the 'Notes' link next to each garden or the link below.
Garden Notes For Gardens That Have Already Opened
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Please note that children under 18 are admitted free of charge

Garden Name

Details & Photo Garden Notes




September     Saturday 20 and Sunday 21
Hamilton House Click here
Hamilton House
A free-flowing garden packed with ideas for small spaces. Cottage beds of irises, alstroemerias, daylilies, roses and conifers are complemented by specimen trees including claret ash, crabapples, cercis, gleditsia and crepe myrtle. Underplantings of lavender, geraniums, ceanothus, euphorbias, silene and spring-flowering bulbs including drifts of bluebells. Mosaic bench.
Notes 23 Commercial Rd, Strathalbyn 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Dalveen Click here
A young garden is evolving around a 145-year-old homestead on an exposed site with expansive views. Existing shelterbelt eucalypts and pepper trees protect wide informal beds bordering sweeping kikuyu lawns. Colourful display of perennials, succulents and other hardy plants tolerant of saline bore water.
Bags of sheep manure for sale
Notes 173 Dalveen Rd, Woodchester 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Burnlea Click here
The attractive family-orientated farm garden surrounding an old homestead is an excellent example of dryland plants surviving in a harsh location. A wide range of hardy young natives and exotics are thriving on thin stony soil. Remnants of the original garden are a Carob and two Washingtonia palms.
Jumble sale
Photo courtesy of: John Zwar
Notes 100 Burnlea Rd, Bletchley (near Woodchester) 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Lykkebo Click here
A garden with emphasis on productivity. Winner of Adelaide's Best Veggie Garden competition, it features a huge selection of seasonal vegetables grown in raised beds. Diverse collection of citrus, figs, apricots, nectarines, mulberries, pistachios and macadamias. Cymbidiums in shade house; small almond orchard; innovatively constructed strawberry beds. Caution: deep winter creek with unstable edges.
Produce stall; art gallery
Notes 346 Ryan Rd, Sellicks Hill 10am-4.30pm $8.00
September     Sunday 21
Port Elliot Walk
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Port Elliot Walk
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.
Tickets only available on the day from South Seas Books & Trading, 53 North Terrace, Port Elliot. A map of the gardens will be provided upon purchase. No tickets available at the gardens
Tickets from:
South Seas Books & Trading,
53 North Terrace, Port Elliot
10am-4.30pm $15.00 for 4 gardens
September     Saturday 27 and Sunday 28
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Beautiful indigenous bush garden where provenance planting ensures sustainability and biodiversity, aimed at creating what might have been 200 years ago. Hand-weeding allows over 400 species indigenous to the Aldgate Valley to thrive: orchids, grevilleas, grasses, lilies, acacias. Over 100 species of plants are labelled. Huge vegetable garden; frog pond.
Talks at noon and 2pm on the Almanda Creek Project. Conducted walks every 15 minutes
Visit their website
Notes 7 Williams Rd, Aldgate 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Gleeville under the Hills Click here
Gleeville under the Hills
Dating from the 1830s, the historic garden retains its country feel despite being nestled in the suburbs. A heritage-listed Norfolk Island pine dominates the front cottage-style garden. Dry creek bed garden, perennial borders, exotic shrubs, wisteria, succulents and natives. Vegetable patch and hollyhock-studded orchard flanked by venerable olive trees.
Notes 1 Dashwood Rd, Beaumont 10am-4.30pm $8.00
September     Sunday 28
Beaumont House Click here
Beaumont House
The gardens of heritage-listed 1849 Beaumont House are undergoing careful restoration. The brilliant purple blooms of wigandia are a stunning backdrop to house colonnades draped in wisteria. Very old eucalypts, palms, pines, olives and pepper trees tower over hardy old-fashioned shrubs, bulbs, perennials and fruit trees. Pond, restored aviary.
Guided tours of house ($5pp extra) at 11am, noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm. Sausage sizzle.
Visit their website

Photo courtesy of: SA Life Magazine
Notes 631 Glynburn Rd, Beaumont 10am-4.30pm $8.00
October     Saturday 4 and Sunday 5
Littleton garden Click here
Littleton garden
A inspirational garden crammed full of interesting waterwise plants. Abundant colourful plantings of beautiful roses, clematis and many choice perennials. Murraya, box and westringia hedges. Good choice of Mediterranean species. Vegetables, fruit trees and chooks. Paving and dry stone walls built by owner.
Featured on Gardening Australia and Your Garden.
Notes 20 Douglas St, Magill 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Rhagodia Click here
An extraordinary garden created with an artist's eye. Colour and texture are all-important, with vibrant plants and mosaics deftly blended to great effect. Strong but subtle blends of irises, tulips, poppies, succulents, natives and fruit trees complement outstanding mosaics. Grand gazebo, lovely seating areas, waterwise plantings.
Artworks for sale. Copies of 'Barossa Nanna and the Lonely Chook" available for purchase.
Notes 25 Schaedel St, Nuriootpa 10am-4.30pm $8.00
October     Sunday 5 and Monday 6
Plant Fair at Al-Ru Farm
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Plant Fair at Al-Ru Farm
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.
Notes One Tree Hill Rd, One Tree Hill 10am-4.30pm $10.00
October     Saturday 11 and Sunday 12
Serenity Click here
Dazzling colour and perfume pervade a garden where grass paths meander past abundant plantings of tea and bush roses underplanted with salvias, ageratum, dahlias and geraniums. The back garden features date palms, creating a tropical feel. A Chinese elm shelters hydrangeas, camellias, cannas and tree ferns.
Live music throughout the day. Gourmet BBQ, Devonshire teas. Produce trading tables. Gardening book stall
Notes 16 Tweed Ave, Marion 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Tickle Tank Click here
Tickle Tank
Artist Irene Pearce's intimate and adventurous multi-level garden surrounds an enchanting house transformed from a converted water tank. A vibrant array of spring bulbs, hardy natives and cottage plants are enhanced by garden art, mosaics and sculptures made from recycled materials. New mosaic driveway. Featured in Australian Country magazine April 2014.
Garden art. Solar water features for sale.
Notes 24 Hill St, Mount Barker 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Dunedin Click here
A very colourful town garden. Roses, sedums, bulbs, bedding annuals and a dry stream bed feature in an attractive gravel garden. An impressive kitchen garden produces seasonal vegetables and espaliered citrus and stone fruit trees. Rock garden with bulbs, shrubs, a gravel stream bed, small pond and bridge.
BBQ lunches
Notes 16 Fairfield Dve, Strathalbyn 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Fairlie Click here
Spring-flowering native and exotic trees, shrubs, perennials and roses grace a country garden designed with help from Sophie Thomson. Well-chosen trees and hardy Mediterranean plantings thrive in the harsh dryland conditions. Rosemary, lavenders, ornamental grasses, salvias and a large rose garden. Eucalypts, hakeas, grevilleas, acacias, melaleucas. Vegetables, fruit trees, vines.
Rose breeder George Thompson will be in attendance. Face painting for children

Photo courtesy of:John Zwar
Notes 92 Dry Plains Rd, Strathalbyn 10am-4.30pm $8.00
October     Saturday 18 and Sunday 19
Hamlyn Cottage Click here
Hamlyn Cottage
Sophie Thomson's own wonderfully exuberant garden. The stone cottage is wrapped in deciduous trees and colourful hardy species that cope with the exposed site. Kniphofias, wormwoods, salvias, buddlejas, rugosa roses and euphorbias. Well-designed organic vegetable garden and huge orchard. Members of the family are silhouetted in rusty metal screens!
Talks by Diana Bickford (Bickleigh Vale organic seedlings), Harry Harrison (Rare Fruits Society) and Robyn Powell (Tupelo Grove) on hardy and waterwise plant choices
Notes 394 Springs Rd, Mount Barker Springs 10am-4.30pm $10.00
Shanath Click here
Fully restored after being devastated in the 2005 Wangary bushfires, the cottage garden is a blaze of spring colour from massed bulbs, 300 vibrant roses and beds filled with wonderful perennials and shrubs. A covered pergola houses ferns, fuchsias, hydrangeas and other shade-lovers.
Notes 191 Hyde Rd, North Shields, Port Lincoln 10am-4.30pm $8.00
October     Saturday 25 and Sunday 26
Buccleuch Click here
Waterwise plants, rainwater tanks and other water-saving schemes ensure the continued abundance of an immaculate award-winning garden featuring 260 glorious roses. Embankment of cottage perennials in a tapestry of colour. Weeping cherries, Manchurian pear walk, gazebo overlooking crabapples, frog pond.
Notes 28 Burnbank Way, Mount Barker 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Casuarina Click here
This stunning garden designed by its artist owner is filled with dazzling colour, foliage interest and sculpture harmonising with the peaceful rural setting. Waterwise plants include pencil pines, natives, succulents and perennials. A breathtaking ring of Rosa mutabilis surrounds the vegetable garden. Dam with boardwalk; recycled artistic installations.
Trading table. Free mosaic workshops from 1pm by Irene Pearce
Notes 52 Sheoak Rd, Mylor 10am-4.30pm $8.00
As seen on Gardening Australia: Watch here
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One of the earliest pastoral gardens in South Australia, the grand gardenesque-style property is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year. Arboretum tree plantings include exotic species collected from all over the world. Unusual annuals, perennials, shrubs, ornamentals, fruit trees, roses, poppies, irises and Mediterranean species.
Food stalls, garden sculptures, gift shop. Maypole activity for children

Photo courtesy of: Dragan Radocaj
Notes 829 Anlaby Rd, Hamilton (near Kapunda) 10am-4.30pm $10.00

The Open Garden program of openings for November through until end of June 2015 will be released over the coming weeks. The enitre program through until June 2015 can be found in our Guidebook.

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