Past Events

Stop Press Wednesday 1st February

 Dear Open Gardens SA Community

Please be advised the upcoming Open Gardens SA Member’s Picnic at Carrick Hill on Sunday 5th February has been CANCELLED due to predicted heavy rains in the foothills and surrounds.

Things should be much more pleasant down on the Adelaide plains, so don’t hesitate to spend a day wandering around Joe’s Connected Gardens at Elizabeth Grove instead. We hope to see you there! More details below.

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Annual OGSA Picnic Sunday 5th February 2017

Our annual picnic will be held at the Carrick Hill Stables lawn from 12.00 -4.00pm. Members and their families are invited at no cost. It is a “bring your own food, tables and chairs event”. We are not able to bring our own alcoholic beverages but wine and drinks can be purchased from the adjacent restaurant.

Trevor Nottle along with Kirsty Roach and Julie Reece have set up a garden travel company called TKJ . Kirsty will give a talk on their upcoming Spring Garden Tour travelling to France in Early April and to the Cotswalds in late April.

Come and have a chance to meet other members in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Sense and Sensibility in the garden

Experience the joys of a garden on a summer evening as Blue Sky Theatre & Open Gardens SA present a fun-filled version of Jane Austen’s romantic novel.

Laugh and cry at the Dashwood sisters’ quest for romance amid a whirlwind of 18th century gossip.

 Jan 14 & 15         Brook Rd  Garden    Victor Harbor

Jan 21 & 22           Stangate House                    Aldgate

Jan 26 27 28       Beaumont House             Beaumont

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General admission
Gates open at 5pm: ticket holders are welcome to look around the garden prior to the show. Show 6.30pm – 9.00pm. Seating is provided or bring a rug!

Tickets
Admission $35. Click the link below to book. What a great idea for a Christmas present

Food and drink
Buy our ticket/picnic box combo for $95 which is good for 2 tickets plus a picnic box containing bread, nibbles, olives and much more for two people

While the picnic is suitable for vegetarians, due to the nature of the event we cannot cater for other dietary requirements

You are welcome to bring your own picnic!

Beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase at the bar

NO BYO BEER OR WINE PLEASE.

 Questions         hello@blueskytheatre.com.au         0427 404 924

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Propagation Workshop at Carrick Hill
46 Carrick Hill Drive, Springfield
Thursday 1st September 2016
10am to 2pm

Neil Waters, Head Gardener at Carrick Hill, will run the workshop. Potting mix, tools and pots will be provided. Participants are invited to bring along cuttings.

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The workshop will run from 10am to 2pm and tea and coffee will be provided.

The cost will be $50 per head and will be limited to 20. Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch however the café will also be open.

Numbers are strictly limited so please book now to avoid disappointment.

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Galanthus Day at Trevor Nottle’s Garden

“Walnut Hill”
Crafers
Saturday 23rd July 2016
2.30 pm to 4 pm

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN SOLD OUT

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Trevor has a wonderful selection of Snowdrops scattered around the garden under shrubs and in borders. These small early bulbs from Europe, Turkey, Georgia and beyond are hardy and flower abundantly in this hills garden and a delight to see during mid-winter. Depending on the how the season develops, there could also be other small early bulbs in flower, tiny daffodils, wild tulips, dwarf irises, crocus and cyclamen.

The tour will be from 2.30pm to 4pm. Afternoon tea will be provided. The cost will be $30 per head and limited to 20 Members. Warm clothing and walking shoes are suggested in case it is wet and windy. Should the weather be inclement, Trevor will arrange a small display indoors that can be admired.

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The Carob Farm Event

56 Crowsnest Road Port Elliot
10am – 12noon  Saturday 4th June 2016

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The carob trees were planted 17 years ago on a lovely property with amazing sea views overlooking the Fleurieu Peninsular. Our host will take the group on a tour of the farm and talk about growing, kibbling and processing carobs. Morning tea will be provided and participants will take home a carob bar. The cost will be $40 per head with a limit of 30 attendees. Our hosts wish to donate their part of the gate takings to Beyond Blue.

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Annual OGSA Picnic Sunday 28th February 2016

Our annual picnic will be held at the Carrick Hill Stables lawn from 12.00 -4.00pm. Members and their families are invited at no cost. It is a “bring your own food, tables and chairs event”. We are not able to bring our own alcoholic beverages but wine and drinks can be purchased from the adjacent restaurant.

The Carrick Hill Director Richard Heathcote will be our Guest Speaker. Come and have a chance to meet other members in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Photo supplied by Carrick Hill

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“The Tomato Experience”

6pm to 9pm – Friday 5th February 2016

Nicholls Lane Garden – 25 Nicholls Road Inglewood

$50 per person (limited to 40) – An event not to be missed

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Tracey and Alex propagate and grow the most amazing range of tomatoes at their Nicholls Lane Garden and have kindly invited us to experience and taste the produce of their garden while enjoying a drink.

Celebrity Chef SIMON BRYANT will be demonstrating and preparing tomato tasters – 6.30 to 7.30

Then TRACEY will take us on a tour of the garden and share her growing secrets and experiences within the Dwarf Tomato Growers Project

Fellow Chef BRIAN VAUGHTON will be preparing tomato pizzas for us to enjoy

    click tag to go to garden page and directions        http://opengardensa.org.au/?p=1218

We have arranged for you to park in the car park of Lovell’s Bakery at 1946 North East Road Inglewood and follow the signs to walk the 250 metres up Nicholls Road.

In the event of a catastrophic fire ban, the “experience” will be cancelled and you will be informed through your given contact phone number and refunded your entry fee.

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OGSA Christmas Party Friday 20th November 2015

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Open Gardens SA invites you to our Christmas Party in The Secret Garden

Friday 20th November  6.00 – 9.00pm

This is OGSA’s main fund raising event for our inaugural season.

Gather some friends for a very rare opportunity to wander through almost one acre of spectacular garden in the heart of Kensington Park whilst enjoying an enchanting evening of art, music and theatre.

Never before opened to the public. 

Delicious food and drinks will be provided throughout the evening.  For your enjoyment: An art exhibition by various artists Live theatre by SAYarts Cello recital by David Moran Some great door prizes Plus a few surprises on the night.

This is no ordinary party! 

Come and experience this glorious, extensive and incredibly diverse garden, packed full of plantings that blend natives with fruit trees, roses and lavender alongside succulents, herbs and ornamentals. Meandering pathways lead you to a variety of interesting nooks, including a large pottager-inspired vegetable patch and a newly installed vertical garden. Also relish the magnificent front garden designed by Virginia Kennett.  The garden showcases sculptures by artists including: Marcus Possingham, Roland Weight, Garry Shead, Bronwyn Berman, Riera i Aragó, Indiana James. An event definitely not to be missed.

All proceeds raised from the event will be used to set up the newly formed Open Gardens SA in its first year of independent operation.

***Numbers are strictly limited***

Out of respect for the privacy of our gracious host, the address will be provided upon purchase of ticket. The address will be sent to you immediately upon payment of your ticket.

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A Mosaic Garden Workshop by Anne Martin
Saturday 5th September 2015, 2pm to 4pm 

Topiary pear trees laden with ripe yellow fruit, vines dripping with plump green grapes, pencil pines in pretty pots, flowering bird of paradise plants, birds, frogs, fish and fountains are just some of the stars of Anne Martin’s amazing colourful garden – and they are all made of mosaic!

Anne originally trained as a fashion designer and later was craft editor for Woman’s Day. Since the year 2000 she has applied her expertise in the use of colour to create stunning mosaics – from very large panels that cover entire walls to small birdbaths and bowls.  To ensure she has the perfect materials for a particular design, Anne often makes her own 3 dimensional tiles which are hand glazed and fired in vibrant colours in shapes of petals, leaves, fruit, fish or whatever is needed to create her picture. Recently she was commissioned by Burnside Council to work with local Year 7 students to create 4 dazzling mosaic panels which have been installed at the newly renovated Burnside Swimming Centre.

A demonstration workshop limited to 30 participants will be held in Anne’s garden studio at Kensington Gardens on Sept 5th 2015. Over the years she has adapted and simplified traditional methods of making mosaics and she will pass on clever tips and useful advice which will help those attending to confidently tackle their own projects. Afternoon tea will be provided.

If you would like to learn how easy to create your own mosaic masterpieces using Anna’s techniques and to see her remarkable garden, please click below to purchase tickets.

Garden Notes have been written by the owners to tell the story of their garden. Please click here to download and print the notes.  Mosaic Garden

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Members Only Open Garden Sunday 30th August 2015

The owners of the Gale Garden have kindly agreed to open their garden from 10.00am to 4.30pm for OGSA members. This is one of the few Members Only openings happening as part of the new OGSA season. We invite you to take up membership by clicking the Membership button above.

This garden is inspiring with imaginative examples of clipping plants to create a wow factor. There are small snaking hedges and very tall ones, dual hedges, screening hedges, formal and informal hedges and masses of clipped balls. Contrasting colour, foliage and texture also play a part in creating drama in the garden. A long curve of informally hedged deep red flowered bougainvillea runs parallel to another smaller silver leaved hedge – not only does the large scale of the planting make a strong statement but so too does the colour and texture of the different foliage and flower colour.

An invitation has been sent to Members. Usual gate prices will apply and members will need to show their membership card at the gate.

Garden Notes have been written by the owners and tell the story of the garden. Click here to download and print the notes.  Garden Notes

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OGSA Inaugural Launch Event Sunday 23rd August 2015

We are launching our first OGSA season for OGSA Members, Garden Owners and Selectors in the stunning garden of St Austell at Kensington Gardens from 2.00 pm to 4.00pm on Sunday 23rd August. Finger food and wine will be provided. Come along and celebrate our hard work in ensuring that Open Gardens continues in South Australia.

Invitations with the details of the garden have been sent to Members, Garden Owners and Selectors.

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