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This information is updated regularly. However from time to time due to circumstances beyond our control, last minute cancellations can occur.

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
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Please note that children under 18 are admitted free of charge

Garden Name

Details & Photo Garden Notes

Address

Hours

Fee

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
Waldheim
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Waldheim
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
Karkoo
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Karkoo
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
Glenaspen
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Glenaspen
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
Aberfoyle
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Aberfoyle
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
Yankalilla
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
November     Saturday 15 and Sunday 16
Lochness Lodge
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Lochness Lodge
Superbly planted garden nestled on a hillside among grapevines. A golden elm frames the house, and hedging defines garden rooms. Maples, birches, weeping mulberry and flowering crepe myrtles shelter camellias, hydrangeas and ferns. Year-round vegetables in raised beds; productive small orchard. Greenhouse and dam.
Devonshire teas; sausage sizzle; local produce stall; live entertainment
Notes 282 Ironbank Rd, Ironbank 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Ettrick
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Ettrick
A very pretty and romantic garden radiates from the house under a canopy of crabapples, weeping mulberry and other exotics. Hedging, conifers and young topiary specimens add structure to the informal garden. Roses are abundant including 'Cécile Brunner' clambering on outbuildings; wisteria clothes the stables. Vegetable garden, rustic art pieces.
Garden sculpture for sale. Small vineyard
Notes 61 Muller Rd, Mount George 10am-4.30pm $8.00
November     Sunday 16
Riversdale
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Riversdale
Packed with plants from family and friends, this well-designed colourful garden reflects the owner's passions as an artist and interior designer. Beautiful borders wrap around the elegant 1890 stone house. Roses, liliums, echiums, espaliered quinces and delightful border of 'Bonica' roses. Sweeping lawns take in views of the Onkaparinga Valley.
Notes 78 Wicks Rd, Balhannah 10am-4.30pm $8.00
November     Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19
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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, citurs trees, orchard and vegetables.
Live music
Notes 94 Chalk Hill Rd, Clarendon 10am-4.30pm $8.00


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





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