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Published July 4th 2012
Urrbrae House in the Waite Historic Precinct is surrounded by four distinct garden areas, with the occasional sculpture placed randomly to surprise and delight visitors.
The carefully tended gardens consist of the Rose Gardens, The Labyrinth, The Garden of Discovery, and The Sensory Gardens. We'll look at each in turn.
Perhaps the largest of the gardens is the Rose Gardens, showcasing 200 species that have been grown during the 20th century. A huge variety of species are represented, some having been specially imported from overseas to provide examples of significant varieties or periods.
One of the many sculptures and artifacts that pleasantly surprise visitors is the Armillary Sphere Sundial, which can be found in the Rose Gardens. The sundial was especially commissioned for that location at Urrbrae House, and was funded by private donors.
Armillary Sphere Sundial at Urrbrae House Rose Gardens
On the other side of the Rose Gardens (as seen from the balcony of Urrbrae House), you can find the Labyrinth. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has only one path to the centre and back out. In this case low timber rounds allow easy navigation of the labyrinth by young children.
The Rose Gardens & Labyrinth, as Seen From Urrbrae House
The Garden of Discovery Adjacent to the Rose Gardens, the Garden of Discovery celebrates the achievements of South Australian Scientists - it marks the beginning of an era when dedicated branches of science support agriculture, plant and animal breeding, and genetics.
The Garden highlights four separate themes, with outdoor books, displays and sculptures to aid interpretation. "Dance into the light", a sculpture by Meliesa Judge celebrates Ceres rescuing her daughter from the Underworld. It is symbolic of Spring returning to the earth.
Several artists, many volunteers and the local community all worked together to build and maintain the magical experience that this garden provides. It is designed to be enjoyed by all, especially those with disabilities.
All of the gardens are open from dawn till dusk, every day of the year. They are easily reached from the city within 10 minutes, and are well worth visiting.
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