Spring 2023 Open Garden

Saturday 4 | Sunday 5 | Monday 6 November 2023

394 Springs Rd Mount Barker

Our annual Spring Open Garden event is less than TWO WEEKS away and sadly its our last one and so we are determined to make it a truly special one! The garden will be at its usual, highly productive yet perfectly imperfect state. While anyone who opens their garden knows, it takes a lot of time to prepare, and I simply have been too busy to get it perfect. Nature isn’t perfect; however it is still beautiful and the plants are looking stunning! So, are some patches of weeds actually!? 😊

Spring Open Garden at Sophie’s Patch will be held on Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th and Monday 6th 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.

Something for Everyone

Come and join us for a day of exploring, learning, and enjoying the beauty of Sophies Patch. You\’ll get to see a variety of plants, flowers, fruit trees, herbs and vegetables as well as the animals who inhabit the Patch. Whether you\’re a beginner or an expert, you\’ll find something to inspire you at our open garden event. It’s a wonderful day out for all ages. We can\’t wait to welcome you even though there will no doubt be a few tears shed!

Garden Art, Plants and Shopping

The open garden will run as always over the three days. The following societies will be here (Beekeepers’ Society of SA, and Butterfly Conservation SA), and our regular nurseries will be here, Hillside Herbs and Succulents and Tupelo Grove Nursery selling their fabulous plants and Bickleigh Vale Organic Farm selling wonderful vegetable seedlings. We also have Mike and Gayle Quarmby selling their special selections of Aussie food plants. If you don’t know about Mike and Gayle, watch this segment to get an understanding of their knowledge and integrity.

We will have our own Sophie’s Patch metal garden art, there will be signed copies of Sophie’s Patch the book, and Rose will be selling New Guinea bean seedlings and packets of Caigua seeds. Recreate will also be there with their fabulous recycled and repurposed gifts and garden art.

Talks and Special Guests

We have lined up a great program of garden talks with wonderful speakers talking on all sorts of topics from vegie growing to beekeeping, birdscaping, butterfly gardening and backyard chooks. We haven’t had garden talks at an open garden since before COVID and are delighted to be able to share this information and inspiration one last time. As well as these talks, we will have the societies there to answer all your questions related to these topics.

Finally, we have a truly special guest joining us on the Monday, the one and only Costa Georgiadis (and probably Costa the Garden Gnome will be around on the Monday too).

For the Kids

As we always do, we are also offering free kids activities on the Saturday with Kate Hubmayer making nature crowns, on Sunday it\’s Bug Education with Kristen Messenger from ‘Bugs and Slugs’, and on Monday it is making Botanical prints with the team from Recreate. The Monday is a school day but we thought some parents with preschool kids might attend and we wanted to cater for them.

Delicious Food

There will be light meals available to purchase at the garden and sweet cake boxes as well as hot and cold drinks available.

No dogs…

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\’.

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