231 Mail Rd, Harrogate

Saturday 09 March 2019
Sunday 10 March 2019

10:00 AM
4:30 PM


A large hillside garden terraced with retaining walls built by the owner with rocks dug out of the stony garden beds that just six years ago were paddocks.

Wide paths lined with yet more rocks meander through beds planted with a huge selection of roses, oleanders, cannas, disosma, ornamental grasses, phygelus, vitex, verbena, salvias and butterfly attracting buddleias. Plants are all drought tolerant and from Mediterranean areas of the world with similar climatic conditions to South Australia.

Beds have been coordinated in pleasing-to-the-eye colour combinations as well as textural foliage contrasts. Massive rocks have been placed as focal points and seats throughout the garden. There is also a conifer bed and a rockery planted with a variety of succulents.

The garden owner has created iron sculptures and ornate arbors which have been planted with climbing roses. A typical old Australian outdoor ‘dunny’ has been converted into a tiny but charming potting shed and looks at home in this beautiful rural setting.

A highlight is the huge number of Monarch butterflies that regularly inhabit this garden – most days many can be seen fluttering among the many flowers, particularly the buddleias.

Extra activities: Stalls selling products, including ‘Garden to Gallery’ selling ‘eco-dyed’ silk scarves dyed using some flowers picked from Highcroft Garden!

Size: 2 acres, 0.8ha

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From the freeway, turn off at Hahndorf; drive towards Woodside; turn right into River View Rd; continue on Pfeiffer Rd; right into Drummond Rd; left into Bird in Hand Rd; continue along Charcoal Pit Rd for 8kms; right into Mail Rd for 2.2kms.
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