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2017 has arrived after a series of wet weather events towards the end of 2016, events that are typically great for everyone's garden. But if your garden happens to be special, well kept and lovingly tended, then late summer and autumn present some very special moments.
Frosty Flats - image courtesy OGSA
Open Gardens South Australia, in conjunction with a number of dedicated gardeners, have arranged for another 11 stunning gardens to be open this summer and autumn for viewing, inspiration and admiration by the general public as the gardens themselves change color during the changing of the seasons.
One of the special treats this season will be Etre Garden in Willunga, which opens in both January and May to give visitors an opportunity to see the change in this magnificent garden over the first four months of the 2017 calendar year.
Etre Garden - image courtesy OGSA
Each garden is open from 10am to 430pm on Saturdays and Sundays (few exceptions noted above), and has an entrance fee of $8 for adults, $6 for concession holders and free for children. Some towns have arranged for several gardens to open on the same day within the town, thus making for a great day out for locals or perhaps an ideal weekend escape for visitors.
Forestbrook - image courtesy OGSA
In addition to the wonderful gardens on display at each property, there are usually Devonshire teas, scones, cake stalls and plant stalls with some gardens also hosting small markets and live entertainment from local musicians. All surplus funds raised from the day are directed towards local charities with over $48,000 being generously donated last season.
Wyndbourne - image courtesy OGSA
And continuing with the garden theme, Open Gardens South Australia are hosting a number of events, including drama, plays, picnics and gardening demonstrations in and around some of Adelaide's most well known gardens. Most of these are ticketed events, with further details available from the website.