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by Jenny Esots (subscribe)
A freelance writer and traveller who likes to explore the spiritual, literary and hidden gems of Adelaide and beyond.
Published December 31st 2021
Garden haven in the city
Community gardens are places where people come together to grow fresh food, make new friends, enjoy the green spaces and learn new things. Adelaide is fortunate to have a thriving community garden right in its centre. The wonderfully productive Secateurs Community Garden can be found on the grounds of Waverley House, St Andrews Hospital on South Terrace.

Secateurs Community Garden
Secateurs Community Garden


Behind the Heritage Listed Stone Walls
The garden is a haven in the city with charming cottage plantings alongside herbs, fruit trees and vegetables. The signs tell you that any produce is for garden members only, but anyone is welcome to visit. The garden is contained within the substantial heritage-listed stone walls of Waverley House.

Secateurs Community Garden
Secateurs Community Garden


Relaxing Garden Haven
Secateurs Community Garden is a relatively unknown community garden within the hospital grounds in front of the historic Waverley House, and also close to the parklands. It is a relaxing space for hospital staff, patients and visitors, with its leafy scented green spaces.

Secateurs Community Garden Waverley House St Andrews Hospital 350 South Terrace Adelaide SA 5000
Secateurs Community Garden Waverley House St Andrews Hospital 350 South Terrace Adelaide SA 5000


Waverley House
Waverley House was built in 1865 on the edge of the South Parklands and is one of the oldest two-storey mansions to survive in the south-east corner of the city, with its grounds still covering an acre of land.

Secateurs Community Garden Waverley House St Andrews Hospital 350 South Terrace Adelaide SA 5000
Secateurs Community Garden Waverley House St Andrews Hospital 350 South Terrace Adelaide SA 5000


Benefits of Community Gardening
There are many benefits of participating in community gardening including access to fresh, nutritious food, making friends with people in the neighbourhood, building a sense of community and learning the new skills of gardening. It is also a healthy way to exercise and learn how to make decisions and cooperate while creating a successful community garden.

Secateurs Community Garden
Secateurs Community Garden


Companion Planting
Secateurs Community Garden is an organic, pesticide-free garden that seeks to foster a community of plants, birds and insects that work together in a cohesive, balanced way. Some examples of companion planting include orange-flowered calendulas which are grown as companion plants with seasonal vegetables, for their ability to keep pests at bay and help soil health. The wormwood hedges assist as a natural insecticide to combat bugs.

Secateurs Community Garden
Secateurs Community Garden


In the Beginning
The garden began in earnest in 2010 when local gardeners got together following a campaign to find a location to start a community garden. St Andrews Hospital came on board and gave the gardeners the space to develop a garden on the Waverley House grounds, with an old coach room to keep their tools in. Previously the garden was quite a barren space, which is hard to believe looking at the space today.

Secateurs Community Garden
Secateurs Community Garden


The Secret Garden
The garden features a corner of space known as the Secret Garden, in which children from a nearby childcare centre regularly visit to play. Clearly there are many connections formed by this city garden project, including with the patients from the hospital.

The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden


Therapeutic gardens
Therapeutic gardens are increasingly being planted at hospitals. Flinders Medical Centre has one on level 7 in the new rehabilitation building, there is one at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and there are many green spaces in the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. McLaren Vale Hospital also has garden spaces that are greatly assisted by volunteer gardeners.

Secateurs Community Garden
Secateurs Community Garden


Productive Garden
Secateurs Community Garden in Waverley House is extra special as it's a productive garden that provides vegetables and herbs for the gardeners and hospital. All while being a source of refuge and green space in the city metropolis. It is indeed a garden haven in the city.

Secateurs Community Garden
Secateurs Community Garden


Secateurs Community Garden
Secateurs Community Garden

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Why? Garden haven in the city
When: Open every day for viewing
Where: Waverley House St Andrews Hospital 350 South Terrace Adelaide SA 5000
Cost: Free entry
Your Comment
Great photos. A little city oasis.
by Michael Genrich (score: 3|1822) 21 days ago
I am wondering if there is possibility to join to the gardeners ?
by suhim (score: 1|11) 19 days ago
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