Visit Marybank Farm garden at Rostrevor and enjoy views through massive old red gums to Adelaide. Both the picturesque Georgian style house built in 1842 and the very old garden are Heritage Listed.
A large lawn and traditional garden beds surround the house with meandering informal walks through another 5 acres. A long straight path planted on one side with roses and perennials leads to a seat from which there are stunning views back to the house with the imposing form of Black Hill in the background.
Some areas are mass planted with hardy species and have remained unchanged since the 1800s, the plants surviving with little or no supplementary water. There are a number of very old trees; a Port Jackson fig, also several Picconia excelsa, an attractive and very rare tree related to the olive and now endangered in its homeland, the Canary Islands.
Wine is made on the premises from vines grown on the property
Throughout the garden there are links with the past but particularly interesting are a pair of old slate troughs used for water storage in the early days when the garden was watered from a spring on the property.
Teas will be served in the charming old barn now used as a wedding reception venue. Or if you prefer, you can sip a glass of Marybank wine made on the premises from grapes grown in the vineyard.
Please refer to the Open Gardens SA website www.opengardensa.org.au