Saturday 18 | Sunday 19 | Monday 20 November, 2017

Once again there will be a fabulous program of speakers, nurseries, refreshments and surprises providing entertainment and inspiration for the thousands of visitors from across Australia who visit this dry lands garden.

Hear from: experts on backyard poultry, how to attract butterflies and birds to your garden, the importance of native bees and how to attract them, tips on keeping bees at home, organic vegie gardening, advice on growing Mediterranean climate fruit trees and making a succulent Christmas tree as a table centre piece. See program of garden talks over page.

Kids activities: Kate Hubmayer will teach nature craft for kids on Saturday and Kristen Messenger from Bugs n Slugs will supervise bug related kids activities on Sunday.

Browse and buy: quality plants from a selection of nurseries with unusual ornamentals, herbs, vegies and succulents.

Homemade refreshments: will be available from stalls selling lunch, tea, coffee and drinks as well as cakes made from Sophie’s Patch produce and savoury treats by the Waldorf school year 10 students. Beans Talk Coffee Cart will be offering barista made coffee. This social enterprise is an initiative of the Hutt Street Centre, who work with people who are experiencing homelessness or are vulnerable.

Entry Fee: $10, children under 18 free, stay in the garden as long as you like. Supporting the Rotary Club of Mt Barker and Operation Flinders. Gates open from 10am to 4.30pm daily.

Hamlyn Cottage, 394 Springs Road, Mt Barker Springs
(Follow the signs from Mt Barker – no dogs allowed)

Program of talks


open garden program 2017


As always, local nurseries will be sharing their knowledge and selling plants. This year Diggers Nursery is joining us as well.

Supporting organisations

Organisations at the open garden will be:

Where? what? cost? and other important details…

These can all be found on the Open Garden Details page.

What happened in previous open gardens?

Every open garden is different at Sophie’s Patch as the garden grows, amazing sculptures are built and the garden evolves.