Semmens Interesting Garden


33 Torrens Street, Torrensville

Saturday 16 February 2019
Sunday 17 February 2019

10:00 AM
4:30 PM


Please note: This garden will open jointly with Flightpath (500m away - follow the arrows on the footpath). You can choose to see both gardens for $12, or the usual $8/$6 for one only. Please note that no further concessions will apply for the joint ticket.

The Semmens are passionate about plants of all kinds, so rare and unusual cacti, succulents, orchids, cottage garden plants and natives rub shoulders in this overflowing and interesting garden. As different plant groups have taken their interest, the garden has evolved and matured and it is now packed with an amazing collection of extraordinary plants, many grown in containers.

The front lawn was abandoned and replaced with foliage plants and perennials; there are salvias, agastache, romneya, gaura, gaillardia and grasses with selected natives to attract birds. A number of large brightly coloured pots placed throughout make the garden cheerful and inviting. Several slow growing bottletrees, Brachychiton sp., will eventually provide shade.

In the back garden, countless pots hold mature succulents and cacti which over many years have formed fascinating and often very prickly configurations, some bearing brilliantly coloured flowers. Structures provide shade for a collection of more delicate species including orchids and ferns. Also fitted in are 12 fruit trees; some dwarf varieties, others espaliered.

The cacti and succulents are favourites and grouped in their pots create a myriad of interesting vignettes. Unusual euphorbias are also a particular passion - spot the one that strongly resembles a frangipani!

Semmens Interesting Garden is just as its name implies – a garden full of interest!

Size: 0.25 acres.

Please note: there is a small fenced pond and some of the cacti are prickly.

The nominated charity for this garden is the Animal Welfare League.

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General entry to each garden is $8 and $6 for OGSA Members and for those with a Commonwealth Government Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card (not Seniors Cards). Current Season Garden Owners and TAFE Horticultural Tertiary students are also entitled to the $6 concessional entry. Children Under 18 are FREE. These cards must be shown at the gate.

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