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A burst of Spring awaits at Carrick Hill
Symphony of Flowers at Carrick Hill
There is only a few days remaining of the annual Symphony of Flowers Exhibition at Carrick Hill, which is located just over 8 kms from the centre of the city of Adelaide, about a 15 minute drive.
The house, which is a magnificent English manor home built in the 1930's, with high quality furnishings, fabrics, paintings, sculptures has further been transformed and brought to life with the magnificent displays of floral arrangements.
Spring Splendour of Carrick Hill - Source: Graeme Fanning
A dedicated team of floral designers and stylists have brought some brilliant flora with splashes of vivid colours into most rooms of the house, including the Dining Room, Entrance Hall, Bedrooms and Library etc.
Not only has the house been transformed into an indoor arboretum, but the outside garden is showing its Spring showcase currently, particularly with the roses beginning to bloom.
Both the formal and not so formal parts of Carrick Hill's grounds are looking better than ever at this time of the year.
However, no matter what time of the year you visit Carrick Hill, you will be presented with a different perspective in the garden, with diverse colours, shapes and focuses.
The garden and estate covers 40 hectares of land which includes approximately 26 hectares of native bushland, so there is plenty of area to wander around in and truly appreciate the beauty of a by-gone era, particularly with the magnificent backdrop of the stately manor house.
Being the former home of Sir Edward and Lady Ursula Hayward (formerly Barr-Smith), the walls seem to ooze warmth, charm and vitality, which is most evident in the taste shown in acquiring furnishings by William Morris, beautiful oak pieces, some dating from the seventeenth century, as well as art works and sculptures by leading artists of the day.
What better way to learn about the history of the house, the story of the Hayward family and more about the tasteful mix of antiques, paintings and other artworks than to take a guided tour around the house.
A knowledgeable and friendly guide is able to help bring to life what it would been like to live the life of a wealthy family connected with John Martin's Department Store as well as the annual Christmas Pageant in Adelaide.
The tour visits each room and finishes up with the gallery of artworks as well as the Australian Museum of Gardening, which has been established as a result of the dedication and passion shown by Carrick Hill's current Director, Richard Heathcote.
Following a tour of the house and gardens, and having "smelt the roses" and other floral delights, it is great that there are refreshments and food available adjacent to the house in the cafe.
Housed in an area where once the garage was, the caterers offer anything from light snacks, tea and coffee to sumptuous food platters as well as a la carte menu in a relaxing and inviting environment that offers tremendous views over Adelaide and the sea beyond.