Glenalta Garden

Stirling


55 Old Carey Gully Road, Stirling

Sunday 05 May 2019
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Sunday 05 May 2019

10:00 AM
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4:30 PM

Description

A row of six Lombardy poplars attracted the attention of a young politician, John Downer, in the early 1860s as he rode his horse along Cox’s Creek on his way to parliament. He purchased the property and built a Georgian style house in 1863. Sir John Downer later became premier of SA.

The garden was developed gradually over the decades and expanded under the guardianship of Henry Rymill, but declined after his death in 1972.

In 1987, when Glenalta’s current owners purchased the property, it was very overgrown, and the creek choked with weeds, but a commitment to rejuvenate and restore the gardens over the past 30 years has seen its reinstatement to one of the most impressive gardens in the Adelaide Hills.

The driveway lined with Candlebark gums leads to a beautiful lake surrounded by trees and ornamental grasses. The giant poplars are still standing today at the centre of this grand old garden with its formal lawn terraces, clipped hedges and topiary. A wonderful collection of mature deciduous trees provides a shaded woodland in summer and a blaze of autumn foliage in late April.

The perennial borders are filled with a cleverly colour-coordinated succession of flowers; dahlias, asters, roses and salvias. In autumn sasanqua camellias, Japanese anemones, cyclamen and late flowering roses are surrounded by the brilliantly coloured leaves of maples, tupelos, cotinus, and a very old ginkgo.

Please note: There are a lake, creek and pond on the property.

Size: 2.5 acres, 1ha.

The nominated charity for this garden is: Friends of the Botanic Gardens of SA.

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