El Kadera


395 Ironbank Road, Ironbank

Sunday 06 October 2019
Monday 07 October 2019

10:00 AM
4:30 PM



Please note: Sunday and Monday opening only (October long weekend).


Perched high on a hill with far reaching views to the south and west, El Kadera is an impressive lifestyle property developed over the past 40 years.

Jan and Claude had a dream of creating an interesting and eclectic garden and of becoming self-sufficient in fresh produce. They overcame the challenges of a steep hillside property, repairing and enhancing a substantial dam and supporting local wildlife.

There are over 50 fruit trees (cherries, plums, apples, pears, figs, pecan and chestnuts to name just a few). Many are grown in a very large enclosure to protect their abundant crops from the birds. A nearby citrus grove also provides lemons, limes, oranges, tangelos and mandarins.

A large arboretum is planted with ornamental trees chosen for their wonderful display of autumn leaves and a collection of ornamental conifers. Specimen trees include a tulip tree and a lovely purple beech. At the rear of the house a covered area is filled with an impressive collection of potted ferns, cane begonias and philodendrons creating a pleasant area for enjoying outdoor meals and a sanctuary for a variety of native birds. Other areas of interest include a flourishing vegetable and herb garden and a large chicken run that hosts a range of chicken breeds.

A long wisteria arbour leads to a range of garden rooms that include camellias, lush ferns, hydrangeas, hellebores and daphne.


Please note: there is a dam on the property, as well as steep slopes, steps and uneven paths.

Size: 10ha, 22 acres

The nominated charity for this garden is The Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation.

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