I’ve learned to ‘never say never’…. and so…

Saturday 5 | Sunday 6 | Monday 7 November 2022

Spring Open Garden at Sophie’s Patch will be held on Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th and Monday 7th November from 10am to 4pm.

Tickets are $15 over 13 years, $5 aged 5-12 years and Free under 5. Tickets are available at the gate and can be paid for by cash or card.

The open garden will run as always over the three days. You will be delighted to know that the following societies will be here (Beekeepers’ Society of SA, and Butterfly Conservation SA), and the nurseries will be here (Hillside Herbs and Succulents, Tupelo Grove Nursery and Bickleigh Vale Organic Farm). We’ll have activities for the kids over the Saturday and Sunday with Nature Craft on Saturday making seed collages, and Bug Education on Sunday.

food poster

Delicious Food

There will be light meals available to purchase at the garden including a sausage sizzle, and a nachos option. These will be provided by not for profit groups that Sophie supports.

Sweets – Cake Tasting Boxes

There will also be a sweet tasting box featuring three of our famous yummy Sophie’s Patch Cakes, which may be our famous pumpkin cake, honey roasted quince blondie, and chocolate beetroot cake, subject to availability.  (Example below)

Gluten free options will be available too. $12 per box which serves 1 to 3 people.

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Example of our sweets box from 2020 Open Garden.


The nurseries present will be offering many of the interesting and unusual plants that I grow.

Supporting organisations

Organisations at the open garden may include:

Kids activities from previous open gardens…

Garden Art


We will have a range of our own creations such as butterflies, bees and dragon flies and the new ladybirds which featured in Balance at the Royal Show. We will also have a limited number of our large red metal poppies.

No dogs…

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Sherlock is our wonderful guard dog, flock protector, friend and family pet.  He is a breed called a Mareema, bred to protect stock from predators and to be intensely loyal to, and protective of, his family.

Sherlock is true to his breeding and we ask that visitors do not bring other dogs to our property.  Visiting dogs will unnecessarily cause Sherlock stress as he feels the need to protect his flock and family from them.

Your support is much appreciated.

Partnering with local charities

Sophie partners with local community groups and charities to organise the parking.  In the past few years, Local Rotary Clubs have managed visitor parking to raise money for their chosen charities including “Operation Flinders’.

What happened in previous open gardens?

Open gardens at Sophie’s Patch are more than just demonstrating sustainable gardening practices that I am always preaching, they are more like a fair or community event focused on community education.  Every open garden is different at Sophie’s Patch as the garden grows, different speakers and groups join, amazing sculptures are built and the garden evolves.