Punki Pot

A captivating, creative, clever and climate-compatible garden that is much loved and enjoyed by the owners.


February 2024

With the imaginative eye of an artist and the green thumb of a keen gardener, Lou Ramsay and resourceful partner Ian have created a garden they call PunkiPot. Like its intriguing name, it is charming and unique!

The layout of the large block has been carefully considered to maximise its functionality and every bit is crammed with interest and variety. Close to the house are sheltered spots for outdoor living and in the surrounding garden, hedges create secluded little areas, each with its own purpose and individual style.

In the exuberantly planted garden beds, colourful flowering plants mingle with the foliage and textures of water-efficient Mediterranean and Australian natives as well as productive plants and fruit trees. A mini flower meadow attracts bees and pollinating insects and a pretty pond provides a welcome water source for wildlife.

Along the winding driveway, which cleverly hides the house from the road, are a number of structures built using recycled and repurposed materials. The spacious duck house is fortified, the chook palace is constructed and fox-proofed using discarded tennis court fencing, there is a very cute potting shed and a vividly painted, cornflower blue ‘she-shed’ surrounded with a complementing picket fence.

A covered orchard protects a variety of fruit trees as well as being a safe spot for the ducks to wander. Several areas with raised or wicking beds, also resourcefully made from salvaged water tanks and other discarded items, grow a wide selection of vegetables allowing the owners a degree of self-sufficiency.

These quirky little buildings along with the owners’ sculpture, their vivid garden art and the flowering plants that pop up wherever there is a space, give the garden an eclectic and individual character.

PunkiPot is captivating, creative, clever and climate compatible - a garden that is much loved and enjoyed by the owners.

Local Strathalbyn hobbyist baker Sky is preparing apricot cake, gluten free brownies and home-made biscuits and throughout the weekend will bake fresh batches of scones to serve with jam and cream. For children there will be cute little racing car biscuits and juice. Tea and coffee will also be freshly brewed.

Watch Gardening Australia's segment on PunkiPots.

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