november 4/5 2017
Farrell flat is a small energetic community between Clare and Burra. If you're coming from either the city or Clare, you'll be captivated by the community garden and the town in general. Don't miss Gallys meeting House, the Railway Station garden, then take a stroll around and have a look at life in this appealing country town.
Gallys garden Patterson Tce, FARRELL FLAT
Gallys Meeting House owned by Garry and Sally Fieldhouse is a glorious spot to relax, why not spend some quiet time under the Wisteria with a drink and just enjoy the view. The cool sweeping lawn makes the garden like an oasis on a hot day. Garry and Sally continue to work hard on improving the garden, the new stone wall they've built is reminiscent of the very old ones in North Adelaide. A good place for a relaxing lunch.
The Old Railway Station 6 Mais Tce, FARRELL FLAT
The old railway station Mais Rd Farrell Flat is deciduous tree lovers fantasy. Carolann has over many years created a collection of plants that give a lusciously cool feel in summer and arresting autumn foliage colours. Above is a Smoke bush, the largest I've seen just beginning to change to the rich oranges and pinks. In spring these plants are stunning with their fluffy pink flowers which remind you of fairy floss. As the trees bud, flower and come into leaf during spring, the underplantings of bulbs add another dimension to this very lovely place to spend some time on a long weekend in spring.
Bartlett garden 2 Senafe St FARRELL FLAT
A relatively new garden owned by Kathy and Dennis Bartlett, but well worth seeing. Around the back they are developing an area under a lemon scented Gum which provides shelter in the harsher months. At this stage both roses and tree appear to coexist really wel, the challenge long term will be to not allow the gum to get too large, but Kathy and Dennis have plans to do that. The roses provide a good display for most of the year, much to the delight of the owners. This is a garden to watch and see how it devlops as time and the seasons go on. They are also keen on salvias, but have to be careful with frost sensitive ones.
Rowen Park 2002 Farrell Flat Rd, FARRELL FLAT
Rowen Park, entrance off High St, is a wonderland for lovers of exotic natives. Many West Australian natives do well here because our rainfall is low, and Bob and Wendy Folks have grown and tried many different ones in the development of their property. Since 1996 they have been trying plants to see which ones from many places in Australia to see which ones will do well. The blog has a list of the plants they grow. More an arboretum than a garden, there are beautifully sheltered walks to entice you to spend time wandering and looking at all the different species with a vast array of leaf formations, sci-fi seed pods and truly beautiful flowers.