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Spring is here and with it comes another fantastic season of Open Gardens across Adelaide. Following their successful debut in 2015 with over 50 SA gardens on display and 20,000 visitors, Open Gardens SA are back with more gardens in 2016 across country South Australia (click here) and Adelaide, with even more delights, hints and gardening inspiration for all aspiring local gardeners.
An ideal winter has watered the gardens, while the return of the warmth and the sun during the spring has facilitated and encouraged new growth both on the established and newly planted flowers, shrubs and trees. Add water features, shadehouses and pre-loved gardening equipment, and you have a colourful and artistic garden ripe for viewing.
A Room with a View - image courtesy OGSA
A number of gardens are owned and maintained by some of the pre-eminent gardeners in Adelaide, and after a great winter of trimming, tending, loving and tuning their gardens, they are proud to open them for general viewing.
Baroona - image courtesy OGSA
With openings in hills, along the coast and across the suburbs, the 2016 season is looking set to be a bumper season. The list of open gardens follows, each with a link to the website for more details on each specific garden.
All gardens are open from 10am to 430pm on Saturday and Sunday (few exceptions noted above) with an entrance fee of $8 for adults, $6 for concession holders and free for kids. On rare occasions of extreme weather conditions, the opening hours of gardens may change, so please check the details on the above links during these occasions.
Looking Glass Garden - image courtesy OGSA
Many gardens also feature devonshire teas, cake stalls, plant sales and information sessions whereby visitors can appreciate the open garden while becoming inspired for their own. Each garden also nominates a specific charity who becomes the beneficiary of surplus funds raised on the day. During 2015 over $48,000 was raised and distributed to almost 50 charities.