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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




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
November     Saturday 1 and Sunday 2
Ashgrove Iris Garden
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Ashgrove Iris Garden
A stunning mass of bearded irises in every colour imaginable join roses, lilacs and bulbs in a kaleidoscope of spring colour and perfume. Focal points used to great effect: a long lawn stretches to an elongated urn, David Austin roses encircle a classic water feature, and clematis smothers a gazebo. ABC's Gardening Australia 2013 Gardener of the Year.
Artist in residence; art exhibition
Notes 53-55 Albert St, Gumeracha 10am-4.30pm $8.00
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Mature trees provide shady outdoor living areas in a terraced family garden filled with activities for children. A productive vegetable garden and fowls are accompanied by sheep, a goat and geese for keeping the grass down. Recycled materials, tree house, lovely views over the valley.
Timber art works. Bushfire bunker
Notes 49 Sheoak Rd, Crafers West 10am-4.30pm $8.00
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Karkoo was originally a specialist plant and seed nursery surrounded by a rock garden, shrubbery and magnificent trees. The historic site is now undergoing restoration using woodland shade plants, a range of rockery plants and heirloom vegetables. In spring foxgloves, delphiniums, lavender, aquilegias and hydrangeas feature.
Displays of garden art: ceramics, wood and iron sculptures
Notes 38 Fox Hill Rd, Mount George 10am-4.30pm $8.00
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A lovely garden of great peace and tranquility. Wide lawns hold beautiful established trees underplanted with hydrangeas, camellias, bulbs and groundcovers. Fine display of heritage roses, irises and many fire- and drought-resistant plants. Many bird-attracting species; large pond with water plants. Herbs, vegetables and chooks.
Notes 48 Mount Rd, Mount Crawford 10am-4.30pm $8.00
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Dappled shade creates a tranquil mood in this romantic country garden of perennials, shrubs and 500 gorgeous roses in beds and clambering over archways. Oaks, blue spruce, Judas tree and willows provide a lush backdrop to ponds and a swimming pool with waterfall. Appealing farm buildings; old tool collection.
Old-time music Sunday 2pm-4pm
Notes 213 School Rd, Kongorong 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Tayoc Park
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Tayoc Park
The formerly Australian focus of the garden is being transformed with the addition of many varieties of deciduous trees and English-style plantings. Roses, camellias, hydrangeas and tropical plants feature in a courtyard. Over 20 fruit and nut trees; productive vegetable garden; chook house.
Notes 9 Stableford Crt, Worrolong, Mount Gambier East 10am-4.30pm $8.00
November     Sunday 2
Cancelled Opening
Apple Tree Cottage
November     Monday 3 to Wednesday 5
Sensational South East Tour
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Sensational South East Tour
An exciting opportunity to visit a wonderful selection of six private gardens in South Australia's South East including historic Yallum House, the Burchell Garden and Camwald. See these fine gardens at the peak of spring and celebrate Melbourne Cup with a garden luncheon. The three-day tour by luxury coach includes two nights accommodation at the award-winning Barn Palais.
South East South Australia Bookings Essential $790.00
November     Saturday 8 and Sunday 9
Denella Downs
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Denella Downs
A drought-tolerant garden developed from a bare paddock and maintained by a wheelchair gardener. Golden oaks, weeping maples, camellias, weeping cherries and other ornamentals join spectacular rambling roses and cottage perennials. Laburnum vossii arbour; callistemon hedge; stunning views. Awards 2010, 2011 & 2012 for Large Living Garden
BBQ lunches
Notes 39 Summit Rd, Meadows 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Gate Cottage
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Gate Cottage
In a natural creek setting, a romantic country garden is awash with the colour and perfume of 500 roses. Heritage varieties, David Austins, carefully selected modern cultivars and climbers are joined by abundant perennials and self-sown annuals. Border plantings chosen for their ability to withstand difficult conditions. Organic vegetables and herbs.
Sculptor at work in the garden. Talks on permaculture at 11am and 2pm
Notes 66 Leslie Creek Rd, Mylor 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Glynn garden
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Glynn garden
A garden designed with a young family in mind. The large lawn used for children's games is surrounded by a tall 'Leighton Green' cypress hedge, a perfect foil to the burgundy 'Iceberg' roses around the verandah. A cottage garden has evolved into a more formal area that is easy to maintain.
Notes 18 Turnbull Dve, Worrolong, Mount Gambier East 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Jennings garden
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Jennings garden
A young garden alive with the heady colour and perfume of 600 roses. Sweeping lawns feature beds of daylilies, agapanthus, bearded iris, camellias, azaleas, bulbs and wisteria. Magnolias, conifers, birches and flowering cherries. Raised vegetable beds; herbs and berries in barrels. Small pond with water lilies.
Notes 16 Turnbull Dve, Worrolong, Mount Gambier East 10am-4.30pm $8.00
November     Thursday 13
Decorating the Christmas Table
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Decorating the Christmas Table
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.
Mitcham Bookings Essential $40.00

The Open Garden program of openings for mid-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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