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It's on again this Spring, a spectacular Spring event
An open garden weekend festival will be held at Burra and surrounds on the weekend of 19th and 20th of October 2019.

The Open Gardens & Spring Garden Expo in Burra has been running for a few years and is now bigger and better. The event has now grown into a fabulous weekend to celebrate our blooming spring gardens.

Burra gardens survive on low water and extreme temperatures, so it is interesting to see how these gardeners have the challenge to make a creative space. This festival is a must for anyone who loves gardening or those who like to wander around open gardens for an enjoyable weekend leisure activity. In addition, you will find the town's many antique shops and cafes open. As well as all the heritage buildings to photograph, so more than enough to keep you busy a whole weekend.

Burra Spring Garden Expo
The iris love growing in the mid north of SA. Image by Kat May.

The Garden Expo will be in the Town Hall with many venues selling all sorts of garden-related wares, gifts and decor items. The expo will also feature workshops and talks by;
Sophie Thomson, ABC Gardening Australia presenter
Mel Schiller from Smokin' Heights Iris garden at Kapunda
Trevor Nottle, author and landscaper
Amanda Reynolds landscape designer and workshop leader and many more experts.

This year, they have an Alice in Wonderland theme so kids may want to track down Alice and say hello. The programme includes some special activities for children, including a free Mad Hatters Afternoon tea for kids. Free entry with an adult day ticket.

Burra Spring Garden Expo, open gardens
Will you find Alice at the Burra garden weekend? Image from

Burra Spring Garden Expo
A cottage garden at rear of Paxton Square Cottages. Image by Kat May

See the full weekend program for the Expo in Town Hall here
For information on the open gardens in Burra, Hanson, Farrell Flat and Mt Bryan, see the Open Gardens page here

A main feature of the weekend is the open gardens. There will be a garden to visit starting at Farrell Flat on your way up the Barrier Highway. Garden day passes are available for sale here as well as the visitor centre in Burra. You pay one set fee and this covers you for as many gardens you wish to see. With 12 gardens open you will need to make an early start.

Burra Spring Garden Expo
With 12 gardens to choose from at the Burra Open Gardens, you are sure to see something different. Image by Kat May.

If you would like a little VIP treatment, you could make a booking on the Garden Wonderland Bus Tour. As well as visiting several of the open gardens, you will visit some special secret gardens that only bus tour participants will get to see. You can meet the garden owners and have a glass of bubbles at the end of the tour. The 3-hour bus tour includes a pass to all the open gardens and entry to the hall for the expo. There are only two tours on the Saturday 19 October at 10 am or 1.30 pm. The cost is $40
For bus tour bookings, see here

Burra Spring Garden Expo
Magnificent Spring blooms and heritage buildings await you in Burra. Image by Kat May

Burra is a heritage copper mining town in the mid-north, about two hours drive from Adelaide. It is now farming country with the gardens growing under extreme weather conditions.
Why not make a weekend escape and stay in town a night?

Burra Spring Garden Expo
Paxton Square is one of the many accommodation options in Burra. Image by Kat May

Burra Spring Garden Expo
Some of the gardens will have refreshments or enjoy lunch or afternoon tea at one of the tea rooms in town. Image by Kat May.

Accommodation is available in town including a caravan park, miners cottages, a motel and old country pubs. There are many B&B's, cafes, restaurants and hotels. For more information on sightseeing or accommodation options see here Bring enough cash with you for your weekend out. The supermarket closes at noon on Saturday and is not usually open on Sunday, so take enough supplies with you if staying the weekend.
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Why? It's time to get out doors and smell the roses
When: Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th of October 2019
Phone: Sharon Austin, Email:
Where: Expo located at Town Hall. Open gardens all over town.
Cost: Day pass $15. Weekend pass also available.
Your Comment
Oppys the supermarket in Burra is actuslly open 9am - 4pm on Saturday and 10am to 3pm on Sunday.
by griff (score: 0|5) 284 days ago
Congratulations winning first place!
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12594) 274 days ago
Congratulations on your Win! Great article - Burra is such a fascinating place to visit!
by Paula McManus (score: 3|3618) 274 days ago
Nice one Kat. At first I didn't know which "Burra" the heading was talking about but from reading your article further, I see its the southern one. Strange for a country to have so many places named the same.
by Susan J Bowes (score: 3|1578) 291 days ago
Congratulations on winning the competition
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7956) 274 days ago
Congratulations on the win Kat
by Lizzie Higgins (score: 1|70) 273 days ago
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