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Continuing with the best of Adelaide's Open Gardens
October has arrived, and along comes daylight savings and greater warmth. For keen gardeners, plants and flowers, it now means the weather is near-perfect for a beautiful display of blossoms and blooms, coupled with that remarkable aromatic perfume that tells us that Spring has well and truly arrived. Open Gardens SA, in conjunction with a number of Adelaide based gardeners have opened their gardens this Spring and October for your pleasure and admiration.
10-11 October : Littleton Garden 20 Douglas Street, Magill
The inner suburbs of Adelaide hosts this inspiring small garden full of ideas. Clipped balls and hedges of murraya, box and westringia define and give structure, while roses, hardy perennials, grasses and shrubs are all used in pleasing combinations. The gentle sloping block has a stone wall and focal point of a eucalypt cinerea underplanted with succulents. Clever planting creates interest with leaf size, colour, shape and texture complemented by some interesting fruit and vegetable plantings.
10-11 October : Tickletank 24 Hill Street, Mount Barker
The intimate garden of Tickletank is wrapped closely around a number of concrete water storage tanks which has transformed a quirky but comfortable home, decorated with her colourful mosaics and creative artwork made from recycled objects. The garden also features innovative ideas, recycled objects and a marvellous mosaic driveway which adds permanent colour to an already colourful display of hardy cottage perennials and annuals mixed with Australian native plants and succulents.
11 October : Richwyn 3 Linwood Avenue, Aldgate
Originally started in 1974 from a bush block, Richwyn has developed in to an attractive hills property with a woodlands style look. The garden is built under a canopy of gum trees, and has a collection of azaleas and camellias including japonicas, williamsii and reticulata hybrids. Spring also sees the wisteria, magnolias, viburnum, cherries and crab apples blossom and provide bright vibrant colours throughout the garden.
17-18 October : Beard Garden 134 Beulah Road, Norwood
Over 45 years of effort has been injected in to this elegant garden, overseeing its evolution from a sunny semi-formal white garden into a mature sheltered oasis brimful of cottage plants jostling for attention and light. Australia's changing weather patterns and increasing root competition from the huge elms, jacarandas and camphor laurel has prompted experimentation with more drought and shade tolerant species. The result is a wall of colour and an air of perfume which teases the senses.
17-18 October : The Garden at Wilpena Street 41 Wilpena Street, Eden Hills
This romantic English-style garden introduces formality and multi-level terraced rooms to transform the sloping block. Luscious lawns, shaded borders, a formal rose garden, stone walls and steps, clipped hedges and a circular courtyard with a fountain and fishpond are surrounded by well-chosen trees including Maples and Robinias. Pots of white bougainvillea, geraniums and citrus add a Mediterranean ambience.
24-25 October : Buccleuch 28 Burnbank Way, Mount Barker
Buccleuch is a great example of a transplanted garden with many trees and plants coming from the former home of the owners. Planting on the bare steep slopes of this garden was never going to be easy, but the clever use of recycled timbers to build old world arbours makes the garden appear to be much older than it is. A gazebo, fountain, urns and a frog pond were added to provide more features and focal points.
24-25 October : Maurjoy 36 Berrett Road, Gawler East
Maurjoy is a pretty cottage garden filled with the old favourites of roses, lavender, catmint, santolina and succulents. Shrub roses and David Austins add height and provide a perfumed place for a garden seat. A weeping mulberry with lovely arching branches has pride of place and there are also a crab apple, weeping apple and prunus trees. The garden is relatively young but has a good mix of plants with fruit and vegetables spread throughout.
24-25 October : Possum Park 3 Hunt Road, Mount Barker
Possum Park is a 14 acre nature park developed over 40 years. The hardiest of these early plantings are still evident with an avenue of oaks, whose parent tree was once an acorn collected at Windsor Great Park in about 1930. Recent emphasis has been on establishing and regenerating local native flora either as grassland, woodland or as denser scrub habitat areas. The large areas of native grassland is a particular feature with spring wildflowers including Bulbine and Chocolate lilies, Native Ranunculus and Native Senecio.
25 October : Cork Cottage 27 Seventh Street, Gawler
An immaculate cottage garden that gives only a hint of what lies within from the front garden. The dove cote, along with obliging doves, adds charm and charisma alongside roses for colour and seating for relaxation overlooking vistas. The garden is lovingly tended which is obvious at every nook and turn. Corks Garden is a garden that shows pride and love from many hours of toil.
Open Gardens SA is a not-for-profit organisation helping gardeners and admirers enjoy sharing the love of beautiful gardens. Each open garden is open from 10am to 430pm daily, with an entrance fee of $8 per adult. Most gardens have beverages available for sale as well as some stalls selling relating products. The majority of funds raised at each open garden are donated to a charity nominated by the host gardener. Further details are available from the Open Gardens SA website or their facebook page.