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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.
Bushfire Information
With summer upon us and the bushfire season underway we strongly recommend that you check your local fire service website prior to travelling to gardens in fire prone areas. Cancellations due to bushfires will be listed here as soon as possible.
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Garden Name

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November     Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 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: visit website for details
Notes 394 Springs Rd, Mount Barker Springs 10am-4.30pm $10.00
November     Saturday 22 and Sunday 23
Fern Forest
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Fern Forest
A treasure trove of flourishing greenery boasting 12 varieties of clumping bamboos, tree and ground ferns, palms, cycads, bromeliads and gingers. Easily viewed via slip-safe boardwalks that meander throughout. Mature trees add height; understorey plantings are mulched and thriving. Large gazebo, water feature and strategic seating.
Guided walks
Notes 175 Main Rd, Willunga 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Roseberry Hill
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Roseberry Hill
A young garden with well-designed plantings on a sloping site enjoying farmland views. Garden rooms include a courtyard herb garden, a succulents feature wall, rose walk, deciduous trees and native plantings. Productive organic areas feature chook runs, citrus trees, orchard and vegetables.
Notes 94 Chalk Hill Rd, Clarendon 10am-4.30pm $8.00
February     Saturday 7 and Sunday 8
Joe's Connected Garden Click here
Joe's Connected Garden
A fine example of neighbourhood co-operation with highly productive and low maintenance permaculture gardens feeding the owners of all the interconnecting properties. Heavy clay soils have been transformed into a feast of figs, stone fruits, pome fruits, citrus, pomegranates, avocados, guavas, mangoes and even coffee. Over 350 varieties of edible fruiting plants including temperate, tropical and subtropical fruit trees. Kitchen garden, raised beds with herbs, vegetables and strawberries.
Sausage sizzle; hot and cold drinks. Rare Fruit Society talks at 11am and 2pm. Food growing information, planting and pruning demonstrations, guided tours, sustainability workshops and gardening advice throughout the weekend
Notes 6 Argent St, Elizabeth Grove 10am-4.30pm $8.00
March    Saturday 7 and Sunday 8
Craig garden
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Craig garden
Tropical and foliage plants, some rarely seen in Adelaide, contribute to a garden developed on a Balinese theme. The well-landscaped steep slope features frangipanis, cycads, yuccas, cordylines, hibiscus, giant bamboo, triangle palms, bougainvillea and begonia. Balinese structures; waterfall feature; innovative use of recycled materials.
BBQ lunches. Balinese background music
Notes 34 Cooinda Cres, Athelstone 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Frosty Flats
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Frosty Flats
Informal cottage garden featuring 750 glorious roses. Arbours, an old swing and aged fence posts support clematis and climbing roses. Penstemons, cannas, geraniums, sedums, agapanthus and alstroemerias thrive beneath prunus, Chinese elms and other trees, giving further colour and structure. Water features, rustic ornaments, old farm machinery.
Notes Cnr Mount Torrens and Muellers Rds, Birdwood 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Croyle Vegetable Garden
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Croyle Vegetable Garden
Antique iron gates lead into an abundant one-acre vegetable garden enclosed by a Portuguese Laurel hedge. Four large vegetable plots are divided by wide gravel paths and edged with locally quarried stone. Medlars, quinces, figs, cherries, apples and pears surround four chook and duck houses. Perennial beds include strawberries, asparagus and herbs
Notes Riddoch Hwy, Mount Gambier 10am-4.30pm $8.00
March    Saturday 14 and Sunday 15
Tipsy Hill
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Tipsy Hill
A beautiful terraced waterwise garden with a choice selection of plants that are attractive as well as tough. Imaginative plantings, artworks and spectacular views all contribute to the Mediterranean feel. Duranta repens hedges provide a textual contrast to exuberant flower and foliage combinations. Bougainvillea, roses, sedums, succulents, flowering gums Corymbia ficifolia.
11am and 2pm: Walks and Talks on plants which survive hard times
Notes 309 Blewitt Springs Rd, McLaren Vale 10am-4.30pm $10.00
April     Saturday 11 and Sunday 12
The Prickly Pair House Click here
The Prickly Pair House
The contemporary garden by designer Michael De Boo displays great plant knowledge in its bold and confident massed plantings. Strongly themed areas include an Asian-inspired tropical area, temperate plantings, a water garden, arid-zone succulents and prairie grasses. Japanese maples and ginkgos shelter arching drifts of liriopes, irises and exotic grasses.
Pop-up cafe 'Great Relish' serving refreshments
Notes 63 Sturdee St, Linden Park 10am-4.30pm $8.00
April     Sunday 19
Rockford Click here
A beautiful and historic estate garden of stunning century-old European trees, many on the National Trust Register and in full autumn glory. Oaks, London planes, Bunya pines, Cedrus deodora and cork oaks punctuate expansive lawns hosting perennial borders. Vegetable garden, fruit trees. Views of the Onkaparinga River.
Notes 665 Strathalbyn Rd, Mylor 10am-4.30pm $8.00
May     Saturday 2 and Sunday 3
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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 autumn: cyclamen, camellias, geraniums and violets feature.
Displays of garden art: ceramics, wood and iron sculptures
Notes 38 Fox Hill Rd, Mount George 10am-4.30pm $8.00
May     Saturday 9 and Sunday 10
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A captivating Victorian-era garden enclosed in a world of its own by huge conifers and gloriously colouring maples, pin oaks and copper beeches sheltering the many rhododendrons, camellias and hydrangeas that flow across the slope. Vegetable and picking garden. Original stone sculpture and grotto.
Art and craft stalls

Photo courtesy of: Leeo Photography
Notes 142 Mount Barker Rd, Aldgate 10am-4.30pm $8.00
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A superb historic garden with National Estate and State Heritage listings features fresh spring foliage and a glorious autumn display. Towering trees, expansive lawns, formal rose garden and a significant collection of rhododendron cultivars. Original rock garden and pool; Victorian cast-iron conservatory.
Notes 36 Snows Rd, Stirling 10am-4.30pm $8.00

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