(Please purchase ticket at the garden gate)
A garden to visit......
An oasis for the soul with garden rooms and special spaces. Churston has been featured in SA Life, and Sophie Thomson called it “relatable” and a great example of a climate appropriate garden. 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 worms 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. The garden owners are part of the group, see Rosetta Street Greening - Gardening Australia (abc.net.au)
Please check the Open Gardens website before visiting. See Current Garden Listing (opengardensa.org.au)
Please also see: Garden Protocol (opengardensa.org.au)