Tipsy Hill

Blewitt Springs

309 Blewitt Springs Road, Blewitt Springs

Saturday 20 March 2021
Sunday 21 March 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.


Tipsy Hill is an extensive, captivating Tuscan inspired garden set high on a hill and surrounded by vineyards. Evocative of Mediterranean landscapes with a quintessentially Australian flavour, it offers some of McLaren Vale’s most picturesque views of the surrounding valley and Willunga Hills.

This year the garden reopens under Bec Hardy, scion of the famous wine making family. Bec acquired the property in 2016 and with a young family now in residence, the garden has been adapted to meet their needs whilst maintaining its aesthetic appeal. Tipsy Hill remains abundant with flowers although with several subtle changes. Some plants have been relocated to minimise water usage while Australian native, drought-tolerant plants have also been included for that purpose.

The colourful flower-filled terraces are a maze of exciting smaller, almost secret gardens all linked by paths and offering a variety of seating spots which take advantage of the magnificent views.

Robust climate compatible plants from the Mediterranean regions of the world are favoured – bougainvilleas, cannas, grevilleas, flowering gums, sedums and the red of berries contrast with the blues of Duranta repens, solanums, iochromas, Hibiscus syriacus, salvias and succulents. 

There are both modern and heritage varieties of roses at Tipsy Hill - the property takes its name from a lovely 6th century Chinese tea rose – Rosa ‘Tipsy Imperial Concubine’ - named after Yang Guifei, a consort to a Tang dynasty Emperor and one of the Four Beauties of ancient China.

Bec is ably assisted by her gardener Marian McDuie and together they have put their own stamp on this eminent estate while honouring the work of former owner Margaret Burrell and the input of designer Pam Hailstone. Like any garden it remains a work in progress.


Size: 2.5 acres, 1 ha.

Please note: This garden is not suitable for wheelchairs; it also has some steep and uneven paths.

Extra activities: Wine tasting and sales; cheese platters; afternoon teas by the Country Women's Association; plant sales by Tupelo Grove, supported by the Mediterranean Garden Society.

Win a two-pack of the award-winning Tipsy Hill Cabernet Sauvignon valued at $590 in the Bec Hardy Wines photo competition - bring your camera and snap away – there’ll be plenty of stunning photo opportunities!

To enter the competition, email high resolution photos (approx 2 meg) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. *

* By entering, you agree to Bec Hardy Wines and Open Gardens SA using the photos for promotional purposes



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