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by Haydn Radford (subscribe)
Haydn Radford -A freelance writer born in Adelaide, who loves living here. I write about movies, theatre, entertainment, literary and art events. I am happy to promote & review your events.
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Gardening, home and giftware, historic buildings
The NEW Karkoo Oakbank - Photogapher: Imogen Rowat.

On Saturday, 1st of May, Jane and Pete Rowat are opening their new exciting family-owned direct nursery outlet, Karkoo Nursery, at the beautiful historic site of the Johnston Brewery, Oakbank. Besides specialising in indoor plants and pots, stylish gifts and homewares and plants and trees for garden lovers, this well-known grower business will provide a charming and relaxing atmosphere.

On Mother's Day, 9th May from 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm, customers will be invited to either wander through the extensive undercover and garden areas or simply relax and partake in the beautiful live soothing sounds of Mélange Latino at Karkoo Oakbank

Photographer: Marcel Martinelli

This special event will be a joyous musical collaboration, blending smooth multilingual vocals with infectious Latin beats.


Chanteuse Sunitra Martinelli of French jazz act, Mélange à Trois.

Acclaimed Cuban Trumpeter & composer Lazaro Numa.

Colombian musicians Juan Muñoz on guitar & Jorge Gualdron on congas.

Salvadorian showman Mario Vasquez on Percussion.

Dashing Declan Horan on Double Bass.

Until recently, the Johnston Brewery was the cellar door location for winery O'Leary Walker, who are relocating.

Peter and Jane Rowatt - Photographer: Imogen Rowat.

Extensive variety of plants and trees - Photographer: Imogen Rowat.

Founded in 1843, the former Johnston Brewery, one of South Australia's earliest, is well known for its beers, wines and cordials. Its vineyards are nestled on the elevated slopes near Oakbank, which is named after the Oak Bank area of Glasgow in Scotland. The three Johnston brothers, William, James and Andrew, were involved with the brewery and by the 1850s, also founded a group of hotels to distribute their ales and other beverages. Andrew was one of the instigators of the Onkaparinga Racing Club, which still today conducts its famous annual Oakbank Easter Horse Racing Carnival on land adjoining the brewery.

Johnston Cordials - Photographer - Haydn Radford.

Johnston Oakbank 2005 Sauvignon Blanc - Photographer: Haydn Radford.

As Jane shows me around the different buildings in various stages of change, she tells me, "Although the 178 - year old historic buildings are in amazing condition and are ready for us to move in, we are currently extremely busy transforming the site into a unique one-of-a-kind nursery and cafe with two shop fronts. While we will be open for business, we will continue with the support of our dedicated team of workers, as a work-in-progress, renovating and transforming the former stables, brewhouse, stone brewing tower and brick chimney, bottling and storage rooms. We feel there will be considerable public interest, especially by students in the historical significance of the premises."

Karkoo Nursery at Blackwood for its relaxing licensed atmosphere with live relaxing jazz music on a Sunday afternoon and the extensive undercover and huge garden areas offer a variety of grower direct plants. The Blackwood nursery is very popular with our customers, but unfortunately, the Mitcham Council is still undecided about whether they will be acquiring the site for the proposed Blackwood Hub development, which may be at the end of 2021.

The brewhouse, stone brewing tower and brick chimney, bottling and storage rooms. - Photographer: Imogen Rowat.

"Our exciting new concept at Karkoo Oakbank allows us a greater space indoors to create a larger charming and relaxing atmosphere to display an eclectic variety of old and new furniture or garden art with easy access to an extensive garden area. Or if you wish you can simply relax in the cafe with a coffee or beverage and something to eat enjoying the historical surroundings," said Jane.

Transformed room for cafe and special events - Photographer: Imogen Rowat.

New display areas - Photographer: Imogen Rowat.

Diverse range of pots - Photographer: Imogen Rowat.

"Down the track, there are some wonderful opportunities for us to explore the historical significance of this Oakbank site with its historical buildings. We intend to make the various buildings presentable and suitable for our customers to enjoy exploring. In the meantime, we are definitely a work-in-progress as we bring our plans into operation. We plan to restore and create something that will be of significant historical importance valuing our local history."

Whether your passion is gardening and you are seeking specialty seeds and plants or that special indoor pot or craft piece or you are simply requiring a relaxing atmosphere to simply enjoy a coffee and snack or a cool beverage, why not check out the new Karkoo Nursery at Oakbank.

Farming and Brewing at Oakbank - Photographer: Haydn Radford.
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Why? Relax and enjoy an exciting new concept of a retail plant nursery with a licensed cafe.
When: Opening hours: Monday - Saturday: 9.00 am - 5.00 pm. Sunday: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm.
Phone: Jane: 0400 310 430 - Pete 0429 310 430
Where: 18 Oakwood Road, Oakbank SA
Cost: Free Admission
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Sounds great, can’t wait to visit 😊
by jilly (score: 0|2) 13 days ago
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