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Von Der Herz
10 Lyndoch Road – Gawler East

Von de Herz is a Gardener’s Garden” always changing with many different influences. There is a plant or style for everyone. There are over 25 fruit trees and a large productive vegie patch which is the heart and soul of the garden. There is plenty of room for children to play, hide and enjoy the outdoors.

Von De Herz Garden is an English influenced garden with over 60 roses and formal hedges sitting alongside natives, yuccas, aloe trees, Japanese maples plus many more plants and trees. The garden promises to keep the keen gardener enthralled.

The sound of trickling water adds to the ambience and helps disguise the fact that one is in the heart and soul of old Gawler, with the sound of birds adding a cheery note.

Tooley’s Half Acre
42 Cheek Avenue – Gawler East

Tooley’s Half Acre is both ornamental and productive with a strong focus on chemical free, sustainable living. The garden features several lawn areas bordered with a variety of shrubs, perennials, roses, grasses, ferns, cycads and palms. A pergola covered in wisteria shades an alfresco eating area, and the grounds include two ponds, a tennis court, swimming pool, pizza oven and cute cubby house. A mature dragon tree, Dracaena draco has settled in after recently being transplanted from another garden and is just starting to show it is pleased with its new home.

The productive garden is extensive and mostly within a large walk-through netted area where a large family of blue wrens, a pair of quails and several lizards happily control insect pests. Organic gardening principles are followed and most water used comes from rain collected and stored in an 115,000 litre water storage system.

Twenty varieties of fruit trees are grown, some grafted with several cultivars, there are three types of berries and a grapevine is being trained around the roof of the netted area to provide some summer shade to the plants, birds, animals and the hen house below. Vegetables and herbs are grown in raised beds for easy soil maintenance and to prevent root competition from the closely planted fruit trees.

All gardens open from 10am until 4.30pm

General Entry Cost – $8 – Children FREE

Open Gardens SA MEMBERS – $6

Government Concession Card Holders – $6


The success continues – 14,000 visitors and thousands raised for charity
Wednesday 7th December 2016

While flooding rains and storms may have forced some gardens to reschedule their openings in spring 2016, visitors still went out in rain, hail or shine to see Open Gardens this year. In fact, more than 14,000 people visited gardens this spring.

More than $56,500 was returned to our wonderful garden owners with a huge portion going to a large variety of charities who were chosen as beneficiaries from gate fees.

More than $30,000 was also collected by charities hosting morning and afternoon teas. light lunches, cake stalls, plant stalls and garden tours at openings across the state.

Some of the charities to benefit were:

Country Fire Service
Doctors Without Borders
World Vision Famine Relief
St John Cadets
National Trust
Caroline Bristow Wig Library
Save The Children Fund
The Captain Courageous Foundation
Friends of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital – Queen Victoria Auxiliary
Stirling and Hills Garden Club – Rejuvenation of fire damaged gardens
The Hut Social Committee
Make a Wish Foundation
Bush Heritage Fund
Overseas Specialist Surgical Association
Special Education Group: Willunga Waldorf School
Penola Lions Club
Royal Flying Doctor Service
Bordertown Hospital Auxiliary
Duck Flat Community Garden
Beyond Blue
Friends of the Stirling Library
Alzheimer’s Australia – Early Onset Dementia
Terra Rossa CWA Branch
Sight for All
Uniting Church Orphanage – Uganda
Scott Creek Conservation Park
Minton Farm Animal Rescue
And many more …

Thank you to our generous, hard working garden owners and the wonderful charities that help support their openings. We couldn’t do this without you. The summer program has now been finalised and will be a little quieter than spring, as usual. The details for our website should be finalised by January 1.

Sometimes a garden will be forced to reschedule so always check our website or Facebook for the latest and greatest information about each opening.


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