Working Person's Garden


11 Ringmer Drive, Burnside

Saturday 25 September 2021
Sunday 26 September 2021

10:00 AM
4:30 PM



The garden will open under covid guidelines. 

Belonging to landscape architect James Hayter*, the Working Person's Garden is a chance to see a professional at play as he experiments with signature materials like corten steel and natural timbers to create a modern outdoor living space suited to our climate and the character of the location.

The design of the garden cleverly takes advantage of the steep site and uses a series of flat terraces to manage and disguise the 8m fall of the block. A contemporary look is achieved with corten steel steps while the level areas are made usable with natural stone setts, timber boardwalks, decks and sawdust paths. A standout feature is a superb outdoor bath handcrafted from Huon pine. 

The garden has been transformed from a European aesthetic to an emerging Australian style with the use of native and Mediterranean plants, locally sourced materials and the reintroduction of food production. Four cherished pre-European settlement grey gums were a challenge – while keen to protect the trees, the owners were also mindful that living with them is not always easy. One lone quandong tree provided the solution and now a score of quandongs planted beneath the eucalypts produce two crops of delicious red fruit every year.

Every part of the Working Person's Garden has been carefully considered and provides solutions to a number of garden related problems. It demonstrates how, when time poor, it is possible to have an attractive functional garden; how to creatively manage a slope; use climate compatible plants to best effect and successfully live in harmony with big old Eucalypts.

*James Hayter is one of Adelaide and Australia’s leading landscape architects.  His firm Oxigen is responsible for designing many significant infrastructure projects in and around the city ranging from the regeneration of the Mitsubishi factory at Tonsley Park to the remaking of the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site in the Adelaide CBD.


Extra activities: James will do walk and talks at 11am and 2pm both days. Home-made wood oven pizzas from 12-1pm both days; plant sales from Tupelo Grove.

Size: 700sqm

The chosen charity for this garden is: Mediterranean Garden Society

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