The gardens of Burra will be open on both Saturday November 4 and Sunday November 5, from 10am to 4pm. We have some new gardens this year and hope you enjoy them.
Should you wish to stay for the weekend, Burra offers a wide range of accommodation which can be booked through the Burra Visitors Centre. They also have information on the different styles of cafeés and restaurants available. Check out our sponsored links on the about page if you'd like some help, or to find out what the region has to offer.
You're rather spoilt for choice with places to stay and eat, check out the Visitors Centre in Market Square
White Cedars garden 24 Commercial St, BURRA
White Cedars, is a plant lovers garden owned by Francis Walling and Putu Suta, and is housed behind their Balinese cafe, which if you like the cuisine then lunch there is a must. Putu is an excellent cook, if not then maybe coffee in the garden. Francis has been collecting plants for many years, but like most of us when he came to live in the region found that many cherished plants would not survive. It's always hard when you have to rethink your way of doing things, and find plants that will flourish but still be visually appealing, however, the success is obvious when you wander around this delightful small garden. Francis is a lover of Eremophilas, Salvias, and the white Wistaria is a stunner.
A picture of relaxation describes Mary van Gill as she sits in her garden under a rich blue Ceonothus surrounded by pretty flowers. Many years of dedication have made this garden special, and is always a must see for visitors. There are many delightful aspects, with hedges separating areas and a rustic bridge in a hidden walkway.
Hidden away on Mt Pleasant Rd, is a very pleasant garden literally filled with poppies in early spring. If you love poppies this has to be the garden for you encased elegantly within the boundaries of stone retaining walls. Like Chris Kelly, Roger Boehm has a spectacular garden layout cleverly organised with inviting stone walling. Surrounded by Pepper trees, Roger's garden always seems to feel cool.
A lover of trees, gardens and art, Glenys moved into her current house several years ago, and set about making a life filled with her favourite things. If you love art work, you can pop into her home gallery, in her warm, welcoming house and take time for a chat and a browse, before stepping into the garden. This is a peaceful backyard garden, with a few gems. Right now, late autumn, her cumquat is covered in fruit, her camellia sasanqua is a mass of flowers, and a weeping solanum adds a bright burst of colour on a cold day. The garden is alot like Glenys, calm, peaceful, at the same time offering insights into her creative personality.
Burra Gallery, Market St, BURRA
From rubble to riches, Lis Jones-Ingman has transformed the area behind the gallery into a tranquil, leafy garden. Thin soil and dry conditions made it necessary to have some raised beds filled with hardy plants that aren't thirsty.
Meredith Satchell 2 Queen St, BURRA
This is a garden with an interesting history, the first photo was taken in 1904, the second is the garden as it is today. Want to know more? Drop in to see Meredith, our local history buff, during open gardens and have a chat about how gardens used to be Such a bright colourful garden, masses of roses, for those who can't resist.
Gaye Eglinton's garden Eastern Rd, BURRA
Gaye is a tenacious gardener living east of Burra, that's bluebush and saltbush country, with drying winds and salty bore water. Loving to garden means you keep trying until you discover the plants that will both thrive and survive in your area. Gaye has done just that, and has found that succulents work well for her, they adjust to the water, and manage to survive cold, drought and wind. Gaye's garden is set up on the side of a hill looking out over the eastern farming country. The soil is clay and dry. Her garden is watered with bore water. The plants that Gaye has planted have to tolerate bore water, winds and frosts.
This is a fun garden full of delightful garden art made by herself and her son . Her latest project was the mosaic bathtub Fairy garden that had her laying on her back to get to all the underneath spots! The grand-kids love it. Her expanding brood of grandchildren are influencing the welded pieces in the garden these days.
Succulents Geraniums and native bushes dominate this garden but there is a very productive vegie patch as well as Birds of Paradise, grasses and ground covers. Pig face adds a nice greeness to the place and hedges of saltbush protect her chooks.
A feature of the garden is the garden bed borders that Gaye has made by setting in cement, all her collected bits and bobs from dumps in the area. Everywhere you look there is an eye catching piece of art either on her walls or in the garden. The life size cow is a hoot. This is a great garden to show how you can green up a very arid area.