I don’t know about you, but I’m a total stickybeak when it comes to other people’s houses and gardens. That’s why I love visiting homes up for sale and I adore the Open Garden Scheme.
And while large country gardens can be inspiring and aspirational, the open gardens I like best are suburban ones. I like to see ideas that I could possibly achieve in my own smallish garden.
Today I had the great privilege to visit the basket weaver’s garden in Glenunga in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs. Large by suburban standards, the basket weaver’s garden includes stately old trees, sustainably grown organic vegetables and herbs, and a wide range of fruit and nut trees including macadamias, mulberries, bananas, citrus fruit and espaliered pears.
I was intrigued by the woven sculptures that appear throughout the garden, including screens, trellises, tripods and fabulous creations such as a snake weaving through a tree, a lady scarecrow lounging on a bench and an upside-down hat on a strawberry pot that was straight from Dr Seuss.
Definitely a garden to mull over and dream about.
The garden is open again tomorrow, 10 August, between 10 and 4.30 at 48 Bevington Rd, Glenunga. Basket weaving workshops will be held at 11am and 2pm.
The entry fee is $8.00 and funds raised go towards Medecins Sans Frontieres.