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Description & Photos
Use the 'click here' link next to each garden name to find a description, list of facilities and photo of each garden.
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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
You can find the Garden Notes for the gardens that have recently opened here > >
Please note that children under 18 are admitted free of charge

Garden Name

Details & Photo Garden Notes

Address

Hours

Fee

September     Saturday 6 and Sunday 7
Tintagel Click here
Tintagel
Passionate gardeners have created a romantic roomed garden on a steep site. Lawns are encircled by cottage beds featuring bluebells, aquilegias, spiraeas, crabapples and succulents. Stone steps lead to an arbour and Manchurian pears. Small orchard; Settler's cottages used for potting and storage.
Notes 29 Jeffrey St, Nairne 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Avondale Click here
Avondale
Tens of thousands of bulbs present a glorious picture heralding the arrival of spring. Breathtaking narcissus, freesias, sparaxis and grape hyacinths cloak the hillside; tulips and triteleias delicately line a Manchurian pear walk. Fifty daffodil varieties, carpets of cyclamen, hellebores, English primroses, violets, anemones. Pools, waterfalls, beautiful views.
Orders for bulbs can be placed for delivery in February
Notes Avondale Rd, near Rhynie 10am-4.30pm $8.00
September     Saturday 13 and Sunday 14
The Looking Glass Garden Click here
The Looking Glass Garden
An imaginatively landscaped garden that has overcome a challenging steep site and thin soils. Spring-flowering native and exotic species suited to the dry coastal conditions include plants attractive to birds, butterflies and wildlife. Fish pond with aquatic plants. Organic vegetables in raised beds.
Paired wine and cheese tastings. Exhibition of coastal-themed artwork by Victoria Bone. Live jazz on baby grand piano throughout the day
Notes 2 Caralue Rd, Marino 10am-4.30pm $8.00
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
Dalveen
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
Burnlea
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
Lykkebo
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
Wirrapunga
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Wirrapunga
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
Rhagodia
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
EVENT DETAILS
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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


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