No photos could ever fully capture the wonder and whimsy of sculptor Irene Pearce’s garden at Mount Barker in the Adelaide Hills.
As you walk through the gate, you leave the ordinary world behind and enter fairyland. Blink, and you’ll see Aslan’s tale whisk around the corner. Listen carefully, and you might just hear elves chuckle as they scuttle from view.
Every inch of space is a riot of colour and form, with mosaics and sculptures and careful planting that create one vignette after another.
In the middle of her extraordinary garden is Irene’s house, built from a 50,000 gallon concrete water tank.
“It’s just like the Weasleys’ house”, my Harry Potter-mad 11 year old said. And it is.
Tickle Tank is open on October 11 and 12 between 10and 4.30. Details can be found on the Open Garden Scheme website.
And here is a short video of Don Burke’s visit to Tickle Tank some years ago.