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Opening This Weekend

Saturday and Sunday – February 18 and 19

The Barn Palais, Mount Gambier

747 Glenelg River Road (O.B. Flat)

The Barn Palais at Mount Gambier will be the next garden to open its gates this weekend as part of the Open Gardens SA 2017 program.

The Barn is home to a real plant lover’s garden with around 2000 roses including David Austins, Delbards and heritage varieties mass planted within a formal framework. Other species like delphiniums, salvias, species geraniums, daylilies and other pretty perennials add to the rich and diverse planting scheme. Astilbes and hostas thrive in a bog garden and as a contrast there is a dry border of kniphofias, grasses and sedums in red, yellow and blue tones. A new border planted with snow pears, white hydrangeas and rugosa roses, pink agastache, nepeta and blue salvias is backed by a hedge of golden spirea and wooded area with 200 silver birch trees.

The garden is framed with a backdrop of 100 year old trees – gingko, tulip tree, white horse chestnut, linden, turkey oak, dogwoods and an avenue of plane trees. The newer plantings of trees include Cercis ‘Forest Pansy’, Malus trilobata, Pyrus ‘Capital’, red and yellow stemmed dogwoods and the beautiful burgundy shrub, Sambucus nigra.

The organic kitchen garden provides The Barn Restaurant with an abundance of fresh seasonal vegetables, garnishes and herbs and the prolific annual harvest of tomatoes and quinces makes a year’s supply of relish and quince paste.

The opening will also include light luncheons in the marquee and the charity for this opening is the local Stand Like Stone group.

All gardens open from 10am until 4.30pm

General Entry Cost – $8 – Children FREE

Open Gardens SA MEMBERS and 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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