Beach Backyards - Vicki and Jack's Garden

Henley Beach

23 Reedie Street, Henley Beach

Saturday 30 January 2021
Sunday 31 January 2021

10:00 AM
4:30 PM



This garden will open under a Covid Safe plan. Please allow suitable distancing and follow health etiquette. Please check back prior to the weekend opening in case there has been any change in Health Department regulations.


Five gardens at Henley Beach join for a combined event showcasing alternative takes on urban gardening at the beach. Each garden is different, but the common thread is that all these gardeners love and enjoy their gardens - their communal joie de vivre is enviable!

They are not large or big-budget, but friendly gardens where food is grown and shared with family, friends and neighbours - they all feature a strong productive element.

The tour of these gardens will start at 23 Reedie St, Henley, where visitors can purchase a $15 ticket to see all five gardens. Please note that none of these gardens are suitable for prams or wheelchairs.

There will be a plant stall and members of the Mediterranean Garden Society will be available to provide advice.


Vicki and Jack’s Garden

This modern property gives no indication of the productive horticultural feast beyond the front wall!  Every bit of available space is put to good use.

A caged area crammed with fruit trees and vegetables fills a large part of the back garden - happy hens roam freely within and add significantly to the soil fertility!  Apart from tomatoes, cucumbers and climbing beans, the rampant heirloom Tromboncino zucchini produces its abundant long stripy fruit well into autumn. Some flowering plants are included to attract bees and beneficial insects. A favourite fig tree grown from cuttings handed down from Jack’s family produces two delicious crops each year and three different grape vines cover a pergola to create summer shade in the best tradition of outdoor Mediterranean living. 

Vicki is the gardener but Jack has built all the structures in the garden including the caged area which he covers with shade cloth over summer. The overnight accommodation he built for the hens after foxes caused havoc is maximum security style!

The garden is sustainable and almost entirely organic and the owners are keen to share the ups and downs of battling coastal conditions and difficult soils to make a productive plot that feeds family and friends.


Please note: this garden is not suitable for prams and wheelchairs.

Extra activities: Greek cakes to take away. 

Size: 760sqm.

The nominated charity for this garden is: KickStart For Kids

Garden Notes

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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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