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Open Gardens in Country SA this Spring

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Varying temperatures, different climates and larger properties create special opportunities for creative country gardeners and great viewing pleasure for visitors. As part of Open Gardens SA, gardeners in country SA are opening their gardens, like their city-based gardeners this Spring and October, to put on a spectacular display for visitors.

Open Gardens SA, Avondale, Sheringa, Mandalay, Bloomin Acres, Nicholls Lane, Boat's End, Taringa Park, CaraBella, The Gates, Open Gardens Australia
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5-6 September : Avondale
146 Avondale Road, Rhynie

With thousands of spring bulbs creating a sea of blue, cream and gold in this country garden, visitors will be mesmerised. Bluebells and dark blue hyacinths combine with freesias, daffodils and snowflakes against a backdrop of mature ornamental trees. Tulips, orchids and carpets of cyclamen will appeal to plant connoisseurs, while beneath the delicate foliage of silver birches, a waterfall adds sound to the beauty of this rural setting.

Open Gardens SA, Avondale, Sheringa, Mandalay, Bloomin Acres, Nicholls Lane, Boat's End, Taringa Park, CaraBella, The Gates, Open Gardens Australia
Avondale


19-20 September : Sheringa
2091 Greenhill Road, Carey Gully

Nestled in the Adelaide Hills is this cottage garden with treasures to be discovered around every corner. The Magnolias, Cherries, Lilacs and Mollis Azaleas provide a mass of spring blossom which complements the delicate blooms of the spring bulbs and perennials. The garden is rounded out by some traditional daffodils, iris and tulips which line the winding pebble pathways and rustic garden features.

Open Gardens SA, Avondale, Sheringa, Mandalay, Bloomin Acres, Nicholls Lane, Boat's End, Taringa Park, CaraBella, The Gates, Open Gardens Australia
Sheringa


3-4 October : Mandalay
271 Back Callington Road, Petwood via Mount Barker Springs

Just outside Mt Barker, this Mediterranean inspired garden is an oasis in a harsh landscape thanks to the clever design work of the owners. Strategically placed urns and sculptures provide focal points inside neatly clipped hedged gardens and mature deciduous trees, while a courtyard features a parterre filled with roses. The avenues of pencil pines, white gravelled paths and topiary balls provide structure which is softened by lavender, rosemary and salvias.

Open Gardens SA, Avondale, Sheringa, Mandalay, Bloomin Acres, Nicholls Lane, Boat's End, Taringa Park, CaraBella, The Gates, Open Gardens Australia
Mandalay


3-5 October : Anlaby Station
829 Anlaby Road, Hamilton


Anlaby Station is not part of the Open Gardens SA program, but deserves a special mention given the size and history of this garden. Refer separate listing for details of the Open Garden.

10-11 October : Bloomin Acres
20 Harrop Road, Wistow

Providing the ultimate in natural weather protection, a series of old gum trees create a stunning environment for a collection of camellias, citrus and ornamental shrubs in this large award winning country garden. Spacious lawns are bordered by colourful beds filled with clivea, iris, salvias, Queen Anne's lace and poppies. A mass of succulents and cacti in raised beds are protected by stone walling which surrounds a cleverly converted swimming pool which has become a floating haven for waterlilies and goldfish.

Open Gardens SA, Avondale, Sheringa, Mandalay, Bloomin Acres, Nicholls Lane, Boat's End, Taringa Park, CaraBella, The Gates, Open Gardens Australia
Bloomin Acres


10-11 October : Nicholls Lane
25 Nicholls Road, Inglewood

Nicholls Lane is a pretty garden filled with blossom and bulbs and with an impressive productive garden of fruit trees. Garden beds and banks of shrubs, roses, iris and Australian plants surround the house and disguise the steep slope of the site. A long path bordered with flowering Bradford pears leads from the house through a small herb garden to a well-positioned seat. Ceanothus has been planted in several spots and also used for hedging, and looks attractive in spring alongside the attractive metal arbours planted with climbing hops and roses.

Open Gardens SA, Avondale, Sheringa, Mandalay, Bloomin Acres, Nicholls Lane, Boat's End, Taringa Park, CaraBella, The Gates, Open Gardens Australia
Nicholls Lane


17-18 October : Boat's End
191 Adelaide Place, Currency Creek

Boat's End is set on the side of a sweeping hill overlooking the Goolwa lakes system. The Mediterranean style garden has many different plantings including echium, succulents, sedums and natives. A "spiral" of a local juncus is a favourite with children while a variety of drought tolerant shrubs, groundcovers and grasses laid out in informal beds create a sea of green, grey and brown foliage to provide contrast.

Open Gardens SA, Avondale, Sheringa, Mandalay, Bloomin Acres, Nicholls Lane, Boat's End, Taringa Park, CaraBella, The Gates, Open Gardens Australia
Boat's End


18 October : Taringa Park
671 Airport Road, Middleton

Spread over 1.5 acres, this garden comprises four main areas. The beautiful back garden is informally hedged with conifers and natives, and features a gazebo and a large pond which are surrounded by beds of roses, perennials and shrubs. The vegetable patch has raised beds alongside a stone studio. Natives are mainly in the front of the house with lovely country views beyond while a short stroll away there is a ruin and wonderful seaside cactus garden.

Open Gardens SA, Avondale, Sheringa, Mandalay, Bloomin Acres, Nicholls Lane, Boat's End, Taringa Park, CaraBella, The Gates, Open Gardens Australia
Taringa Park


24-25 October : CaraBella
5 March Court, Clare

One of Clare's finest, this mature garden with trees, perennials and shrubs surrounding a glorious Gleditsia tree is a real treat. A spectacular display of more than 300 roses, including a bed of white Gruss an Aachen roses, one of the earliest floribunda roses, is sure to keep visitors happy for hours. The well-maintained lawn paths lead to inviting shaded seating areas and an alternative place to 'smell the roses'.

Open Gardens SA, Avondale, Sheringa, Mandalay, Bloomin Acres, Nicholls Lane, Boat's End, Taringa Park, CaraBella, The Gates, Open Gardens Australia
CaraBella


24-25 October : The Gates
32 Flinders Avenue, Coffin Bay

An interesting and colourful cottage garden, with self-sown plants mixed with plantings of roses, salvia, irises and geraniums is on display in Coffin Bay. With a pergola containing many shade loving plants and several water features with water iris and lilies, visitors will be in for a real surprise when they walk through this garden.

Open Gardens SA, Avondale, Sheringa, Mandalay, Bloomin Acres, Nicholls Lane, Boat's End, Taringa Park, CaraBella, The Gates, Open Gardens Australia
The Gates


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.

Open Gardens SA, Avondale, Sheringa, Mandalay, Bloomin Acres, Nicholls Lane, Boat's End, Taringa Park, CaraBella, The Gates, Open Gardens Australia

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Why? Great excuse for a day out
When: September - October 2015
Where: Various spots in country SA
Cost: $8 per adult
Your Comment
I thought the Open Garden Scheme was finishing this winter. What new decision has been made?
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4059) 1234 days ago
What beautiful gardens! The Mandalay looks amazing with its formal walkway and misty backdrop.
by Kristin Ravelle (score: 2|302) 1228 days ago
WOW! That scenery is just superb. :)
by Sherry (score: 2|442) 1206 days ago
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