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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.

The Rose Gardens and Labyrinth
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.

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The Urrbrae House Rose Gardens

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.

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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.

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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.

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Outdoor Book at The Garden of Discovery

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.

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Dance into the Light - Statue of Ceres

The Sensory Gardens
The Sensory Gardens have been created to provide a feast of sensations for visitors through all your senses.

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Part of the Sensory Gardens at Urrbrae House

See and enjoy the variety of colours in flower blooms, and also in the birds and butterflies that are attracted to them.

Feel the differing textures of the plant leaves.

Smell the aroma of many different varieties of lavender and other scented plants that have been planted for your enjoyment.

Taste herbs such as thyme, rosemary and mint in the gardens.

Hear the many birds as they excitedly explore this special area.

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About the Sensory Gardens

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.

Admission is free.
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Why? The gardens are a delightful place to relax and enjoy the special surrounds
When: Dawn till dusk every day
Phone: 61 8 8303 7497
Where: Urrbrae House, Fullarton Rd, Urrbrae
Cost: Free
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