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Published August 30th 2015
A wonderful and easy to access garden for all
This lovely and spacious community garden is well hidden from view, but right in the town of Mount Barker in the Adelaide Hills. This is a community based garden, meaning members have a management committee and all contribute to its upkeep. However it is a place that is very welcoming, and is open to all to visit.

Duckflat community garden Mt Barker
Raised garden beds for the community to use. Image by the writer.

Many of the members have vegetable plots they manage to grow their own fresh vegetables. Some of the vegie areas are on raised beds for easy access for all. Other members maintain the flower beds and fruit trees in other parts of the garden.

Duckflat community garden Mt Barker
Easy walking and wheelchair friendly paths make the garden accessable for all

On the day I visited, I was surprised to discover I was the only person there even though it was a weekend and a pleasant sunny day. Later after I had a walk around and was having a rest on a seat, a car pulled up and I could hear happy children's voices running to the rear of the garden where there is a play area for children. There isn't a playground here, but a boat on the marsh that is anchored to the ground that children like to play in. The space is a wonderful area for children to run around and play on the grassed areas or walk around the many paths. The area is well away from any traffic and a safe play to play. It is also very quiet here and a lovely place to just chill out and smell the roses. There is a wide selection of cottage gardens around the garden.

Duckflat community garden Mt Barker
Its pleasant to sit here and view the pretty flowers. Image by the writer.

Duckflat community garden Mt Barker
A large artichoke plant growing in the vegetable garden. Image by this writer.

The entrance to the garden is via the hospital where there is a car park at he rear. However you can also walk into the garden from any of the side streets. There is no fences here so it doesn't matter where you walk in. The compost areas are any gardeners dream. I found the whole set up with the vegetable gardens and compost areas most interesting. There are no toilets here. The closest toilets are in the park on the main road in the centre of town.

Duckflat community garden Mt Barker
The marsh at the rear of the garden has a boardwalk to a play area at the rear. Image by the writer.

Duckflat community garden Mt Barker
Compost bays at the side of the vegetable garden area. You can walk around and see all of this at this garden. Image by the writer.

This garden would be a lovely stop over when driving in the hills. The garden would be a pretty place to visit at any time of the year but of course the flowers would be best in Spring or Autumn. This would make a suitable place to take someone who has mobility problems as the paths are all brick paved and wide making it easy for wheelchairs. If you plan an outing in the area you could also visit Our Lady's Rosary Garden just a few minutes drive up the main road.
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Why? For a little piece of peace.
When: Open every day during daylight hours
Phone: 83931727 on Mondays and Wednesdays only.
Where: Behind the Mt Barker District Hospital on Wellington Road.
Cost: Free
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What a productive lot of gardeners!
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11096) 1232 days ago
Imagine having so many compost bins!
by prior (score: 1|42) 1229 days ago
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