The Slate Garden


4 St Matthews St, Willunga

Saturday 14 September 2019
Sunday 15 September 2019

10:00 AM
4:30 PM



The Slate Garden in historic Willunga is a dry country garden established on a bed of clay limestone and shale with an original covering of less than 2cm of topsoil. Over time added mulch (200 tons) has produced a much better growing environment, and resourceful gardening techniques have seen the garden develop despite the challenging gardening conditions.

Two old grey box gums (Eucalyptus macrocarpa) were retained when the property was established about 15 years ago and since then more small trees and bird-attracting shrubs, many of them native, have been added. Winding paths meander through this half-acre block and are bordered with shrubs kept low to retain distant sea views.

All plants have been selected for their ability to cope on the challenging windy site with no irrigation to supplement the annual 650mm rainfall. A number of low walls and a courtyard have been constructed of local Willunga slate and are loved by the local lizards.

In complete contrast to the rest of the garden there is a shady fernery. After winter rains, geraniums, bougainvillea and various bulbs add colour to the more subdued tones of the native species that also in flower in early spring.

A relaxed, environmentally friendly garden where nature has been the designer!


Please note: There will be a talk about Willunga slate at 2pm on both days.

Size: .5 acres.

The nominated charity for this garden is National Trust of South Australia, Willunga branch.

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