An oasis for the soul with garden rooms and some lovely contemplative sitting areas


October 2023

Churston has been featured in SA Life, and Sophie Thomson called it 'relatable', describing it as 'a five star garden - cool, liveable, habitat haven, sustainable and productive'.

The garden has a mix of cottage colour, classical style, fruit and vegetable production intermingled with creative ideas and artistic whimsy. It is shared with dogs, cats, bantams as well as people.

Waterwise Mediterranean plants abound: salvias, alstroemeria and justicia as well as species with flowers attractive to native bees and beneficial insects. Heritage roses harmonise with fruit trees, many of which have been espaliered to save space, increase production and create different rooms.

Deciduous trees on the boundary give protection from the hot north westerly sun. Succulents add an architectural aspect in low water use areas. Vegies and herbs are grown in raised wicking beds for water efficiency.

In light of the recycling ethos, paths consist of repurposed concrete and bricks. Other surfaces are gravelled, so rain can be absorbed. Bantams offer manure and pest control, while worm towers add to the mix of organic fertilizer.

Although the garden is busy, it has a feeling of peace, with some lovely contemplative sitting areas.

Across the road is a 200m long bee and butterfly garden created on a strip of previously unused land by the local community group Rosetta Street Greening.

Size: 950 sql

Garden Notes

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