Apple Tree Farm


141 Ridge Road, Ashton

Saturday 30 November 2019
Sunday 01 December 2019

10:00 AM
4:30 PM



Apple Tree Farm is a young garden, redesigned about five years ago around the bare bones of the old garden when the 1860s cottage was renovated and extended.

Garden designer Virginia Kennett guided the owners through the design process and gave advice regarding layout and plant selection. The site has some steep slopes which have been re-shaped to create flat areas and the banks that resulted have been imaginatively landscaped with a clever selection of hardy plants. There are both formal and informal spaces with areas of mass planting that give a harmonious and unified feel to the garden.

Pencil pines and trimmed topiary ‘balls’ are dotted throughout and add an elegant ‘French/Mediterranean’ appeal which beautifully complements the architecture of the property. Existing trees provide maturity to the landscape and along with more recent plantings including an avenue of Manchurian Pears, add wonderful vertical aspects and shade. Hedges give structure and an evergreen backdrop to masses of blue and white agapanthus.

Wire spheres add a touch of garden art. Iceberg climbing roses and Trachelospermum jasminoides used as groundcovers are just some examples of a number of plants grown in unusual ways. The property has a lovely borrowed landscape and some beautiful vistas. There is also a small vegetable garden.

A robust family garden, delightfully landscaped and inspiringly planted.


Size: 2 acres, 0.8ha.

Please note: there are a pool, well, dam and creek on the property, as well as steep slopes, steps and uneven pathways; this garden is not suitable for prams or wheelchairs. 

The nominated charity for this garden is: Cancer Council SA

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