The Chestnuts

Crafers West

46 Waverley Ridge Road, Crafers West

Saturday 24 October 2020
Sunday 25 October 2020

10:00 AM
4:30 PM



At last we can welcome you to the OGSA 2020 Spring Season as the SA Health Department has now allowed us to open as public gardens, avoiding the limitations of residential gardens. We will follow a Covid Safe Plan with suitable distancing.

Please check back prior to the weekend in case there has been any change in Health Department regulations.


Please note: You may also like to visit Seaview, which is a few doors away (please note these are separate opens, so there are no further discounts).


Magnificent mature trees are a dominant feature in this elegant hills garden. “The Chestnuts” was built as a Victorian villa to escape the summer heat of the plains. It boasts not only oaks, birches, liquidambars, laurels and maples but an Atlas cedar, a cork oak, golden elm, copper beech, and of course, a chestnut tree. Beneath these trees grow a happy and varied collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and camelias.

Among the many features of this property is the rose garden where dramatic rich purple colours have been used and irises bloom in abundance.

There are several well designed areas each creating a different mood, including a hot border of strongly coloured shrubs and flowers in vivid oranges, yellows and red. A lower wild area, hidden behind laurel hedges, is towered over by a stately cork oak.

From dappled shade, a stone edged path sweeps by an arbour wreathed in long scented racemes of wisteria reaching almost to the ground. Curving around a sunny garden of blue and yellow shrubs and perennials, the path comes to a shady seat in a sunken area beneath an English oak where mollis azaleas bloom. Here, a lovely garden pavilion overlooks the tennis court.


Extra activities: Tupelo Grove Nursery will have plants for sale; and the garden owner invites visitors to bring a thermos as there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy.

Please note: there is a small pond and some steps. 

Size: 1.5 acres; 0.6ha.

The chosen charity for this garden is: Stirling CFS.

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General entry to each garden is $8 and $6 for OGSA Members and for those with a Commonwealth Government Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card (not Seniors Cards). Current Season Garden Owners and TAFE Horticultural Tertiary students are also entitled to the $6 concessional entry. Children Under 18 are FREE. These cards must be shown at the gate.

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