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For many years now, South Australian country gardeners have opened their gardens for the public to view, enjoy, appreciate and become inspired at the possibility of what is achievable within gardens nowadays. Spring 2016 has arrived, and with it comes another season of open gardens in South Australia, with a number of new gardens opening to the public for the first time.

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Bloomin Acres - image courtesy OGSA

The Open Gardens South Australia Spring Program includes 21 gardens in metropolitan Adelaide (click here) and another 27 gardens in various towns across South Australia from Port Lincoln to Mount Gambier, and many small towns and farms in between.

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Ashgrove - image courtesy OGSA

The full country program follows, with a link to each webpage for further details on the particular garden.


3-4 : Avondale, 146 Avondale Road, Rhynie
17-18 : Boat's End, 191 Adelaide Place, Currency Creek
17-18 : ElderHood House, 12 Prospect Road, Port Lincoln
17-18 : Grand Cru Estate, Lot 274 Laubes Road, Springton
17-18 : Rosie and Mick's Garden, 4 Graetz Terrace, Springton
24-25 : West-Lea, 327 Woolshed Flat Road, Rhynie

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Grand Cru - image courtesy OGSA


1-2 : Dunedin, 6 Fairfield Drive, Strathalbyn
2-3 : Al-Ru Farm, Black Top Road, One Tree Hill
8-9 : Yallum Park, 4325 Mount Burr Road, Penola
8-9 : Woodhill, 86 Verrall Road, Hope Forest
22-23 : Kenwyn, 455 Siding Road, Bordertown
22-23 : Curlew Park, 43 Chark Road, Mundulla
22-23 : Creecoona, 100 Creecoona Terrace, Bordertown
22-23 : Tiatucka Homestead Gardens, Port Lincoln
23 : Bloomin Acres, 20 Harrop Road, Wistow
29-30 : Gate Cottage, 66 Leslie Creek Road, Mylor
29-30 : Ashgrove Iris Garden, 53 Albert Street, Gumeracha
29-30 : Watson Garden, 19 Bertha Street, Mount Gambier
29-30 : My Gralunga, 41 Rudwoldt Road, Yahl via Mount Gambier
29-30 : Sanity Garden, 17 Pearson Street, Tumby Bay

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My Gralunga - image courtesy OGSA


5-6 : Bastian Garden, 96 Greenpark Road, Auburn
5-6 : Mandalay, 271 Back Callington Road, Mount Barker Springs
5-6 : Sciematley, 410 Shepherd's Lane, Penola
6 : Kirkliston, 112 Camac Road, Balhannah
12-13 : Jennings Garden, 16 Turnbull Drive, Mount Gambier
19-20 : Wyndbourne Park, 258 Mawson Road, Forest Range

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Wyndbourne Park - image courtesy OGSA

Each garden is open from 10am to 430pm on Saturdays and Sundays (few exceptions noted above), and has an entrance fee of $8 for adults, $6 for concession holders and free for kids. Some towns have arranged for several gardens to open on the same day within the town, thus making for a great day out for locals or perhaps a ideal weekend escape for visitors.

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Boat's End - image courtesy OGSA

In addition to the wonderful gardens on display at each property, there are usually Devonshire teas, scones, cake stalls and plant stalls with some gardens also hosting small markets and live entertainment from local musicians. All surplus funds raised from the day are directed towards local charities with over $48,000 being generously donated last season.

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Sanity Garden - image courtesy OGSA

For further information please contact the Open Gardens South Australia website or their facebook page.

All images are courtesy of Open Gardens South Australia
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Why? Country People do it best
When: September - November 2016
Where: Across South Australia
Cost: $8 adults, $6 concession
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Unfortunately the wet weather this week has meant that the Open Garden at Boat's Garden will need to be postponed. Please check the OGSA facebook page for details of the future date.
by Steve Hudson (score: 3|1251) 1902 days ago
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