Beach Backyards - Alison and Andy'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.

Alison and Andy’s Garden
The front garden is compact, yet a surprising number of fruit trees, including some dwarf varieties along with a bee hive and a water tank have been fitted into the area. A vertical wall provides extra planting space for herbs, and a raised wicking bed significantly reduces water use as well as solving the problem of tree root competition. The garden shows that even on a small block you can still enjoy the pleasure of growing your own vegetables.
At the back of the house large glass doors open onto a deck and outdoor living area and provide views over the garden. The plants here are mainly ornamental and have been selected for their colourful foliage and varied leaf shapes. Included are the tropical looking Iresine, bamboo and deep red-leafed Hibiscus tiliaceus - all appear lush but in fact are tough plants that need little water and do well on poor soils.
Adding contrasting foliage texture are clipped woolly bush, lavenders and there is a raised herb garden.  The bamboo is a non-invasive clumping variety and is positioned to deflect the salty winds that sometimes rip through the area.
A diverse small garden that spills out onto the verge with kerb-side planting!

Extra activities: Andy will do walk and talk at 11am and 2pm each day.

Please note: there is a beehive in the front of this garden, so entry will be via the back lane - the front garden can be viewed from Victoria Street. Please also note this garden is not suitable for prams or wheelchairs.

Size: 350sqm

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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