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Spring Open Gardens at Kapunda 2016

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Old gardens in two heritage towns
Kapunda is nestled on the edge of the Barossa Valley. There will be two gardens open over the next couple of weekends.

Open Days- Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October 2016

This was once the home of Francis Dutton, one of the founders of the Kapunda mine site. It was once a huge station of mixed cropping and sheep, but the land now is much smaller in size. The grounds have many little cottages where the managers and workers lived. There was even a private zoo in the 1800s. In recent years, new owners have made improvements to grounds and restored some of the old rose garden beds. The garden areas surround the stately old home. This garden is noted for the significant old growth trees. The entrance fee allows you to wander the grounds at your leisure. You may want to have a picnic lunch before you go in as it is a bit too far to carry in your supplies. Be sure to find the old coach house and the abandoned zoo with iron bars. There will be extra activities on the day also.

Open Gardens Kapunda Anlaby Smokin Heights
It may be a bit early for most roses but there is plenty of other flowers and plants to see. Image by Out and About.

HOW TO GET THERE Continue from Kapunda on the Theile Highway which is the road to Eudunda for about 5 kms. When you see the E20 sign, you need to turn right into Anlaby road and continue on to the homestead parking area.

Kapunda open gardens smokin heights iris garden
Wander the field of iris and try to choose your favourites. Image by Out and About.

Open Days- Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October
and Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October 2016
This specialist bearded iris nursery is fairly new and you can read more about it in my article here.

The display garden has taken a severe battering from the weather recently but iris are tough plants. There will still be lots to see. Some of the flowers are blooming now but at least with a visit there you can look at the order book and choose some for your garden. More will bloom when the sun eventually comes out. See the Facebook site for updates here.

Go to the centre of Kapunda and turn Left at the intersection onto Clare Road. Continue out of town until you see Dennet Road on the left. Go up the dirt track to the farm of the owners.

Kapunda open gardens smokin heights iris garden
Stunning iris last for weeks in the garden. Image by Out and About.

Eudunda is a little further on after Kapunda. Continue on the Theile Highway for about 28kms. On the way at Sutherlands on Angle Road, you will be in the area of nursery Roots and Leaves.

OPEN DAY at Roots 'N Leaves Nursery
Saturday 8th October 10- 4pm
This nursery welcomes visitors all through October, however they are having a special day for iris viewing. They will have some stalls, a sausage sizzle and some hidden treasures.
Phone 0429 826390 if you get lost. Gold coin entry to charity.

Open Weekend 15th and 16th from 10- 4pm
At 40 Bruce St Eudunda
This is a private garden of a local resident who opens her impressive garden of 1200 of Tudor Iris plants. The entry is $6 and the Betty and her mates will serve you up a mixed afternoon tea plate and bottomless tea or coffee. True country hospitality. Proceeds to the Eudunda Hall. Also, be sure to stop at the community garden at the park on the main road as you drive into town.

If you are making a weekend of touring about, you may also like to stop at the Lyndoch Lavender Farm on the way back. You can travel via the Barossa or via Gawler to Lyndoch.
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Why? Strolling a Spring garden is one of life's pleasures.
When: Open weekend for Anlaby is 8th/9th, and for Smoking Heights 8/9th and 15/16th
Where: Kaunda is 31 kms from the Gawler bypass ( Sturt Highway)
Cost: Entry fee for garden applies
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