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Get out and enjoy the best colour going around
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.

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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.

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Al Ru Farm - image courtesy OGSA


The summer / autumn scheduled open gardens are as follows :

January 15 : Etre Garden - Summer, 10 Delaney Avenue, Willunga
January 28-29 : Dhyan Marga's Garden, 18 Patricia Avenue, Camden Park
February 4-5 : Joe's Connected Garden, 6 Argent Street, Elizabeth Grove
February 19 : The Barn Palais, 747 Glenelg River Road, O.B. Flat (via Mount Gambier)
March 11-12 : Frosty Flats, 2891 Onkaparinga Valley Road, Birdwood
March 18-19 : Forestbrook Estate, 254 Checker Hill Road, Gumeracha
March 19-20 : Al Ru Farm, 1016 One Tree Hill Road, One Tree Hill
March 25-26 : Tooley's Half Acre, 42 Cheek Avenue, Gawler East
April 8-9 : Wyndbourne Park, Mawson Road, Forest Range
April 22-23 : Botathan, 1 Beaumont Court, Mount Barker
April 22-23 : Daku, 24 Davies Road, Sandy Creek
May 7 : Etre Garden - Autumn, 10 Delaney Avenue, Willunga

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Botathan - image courtesy OGSA


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Daku - image courtesy OGSA


For further information please contact the Open Gardens South Australia website or their facebook page.

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Dhyan Marga - image courtesy OGSA


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Why? Great garden in Autumn
When: January to May
Where: Across South Australia
Cost: $8 adults, $6 concession
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Visiting open gardens is such a nice way to spend time at the weekend
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