Mt Barker

51 Hunt Road, Mt Barker

Saturday 06 November 2021
Sunday 07 November 2021

10:00 AM
4:30 PM



This garden will open under covid guidelines. We encourage you to bring cash as EFTPOS facilities are not always available. 

In a peaceful rural setting, Botathan is a successful combination of styles. 

To the sides and in front of the house the young garden is cottagey. Overlooking horse paddocks, mature ornamental trees flank a lush lawn and provide structure and shelter for mass plantings of hellebores, clivia, camellias, violas and other shade lovers. In sunny spots, there is a pretty mix of echium, roses, lambs’ ears, catmint and seaside daisy, with lavender and roses growing around, as well as up and over, metal structures. 

Behind the house is a complete surprise. As a nod to the owners’ connection with Japan, the area is designed and maintained in the Japanese style by master gardeners Fumio and Shinya Ueda. The large rocks, the mass planting of Chinese star jasmine and the raked gravel immediately give a sense of calm to the area. Several trees have been carefully shaped and there is a traditional structure known as a koetsuji-gaki. This rounded fence-like structure is built not of latticed bamboo, as is usual in Japan, but with the use of native brush.

A productive garden thrives in raised corrugated iron beds with an espaliered orchard nearby. Gold Bunny roses are beginning to clamber up to cover hanging chains near a quaint white glasshouse. Several tiers of pots, suspended from a purpose-built frame and planted with strawberries, create a ‘hanging garden’, their raised height helping to keep strawberry-loving pests at bay.

There are numerous garden ornaments throughout the property, many with an Asian influence.

Shinya Ueda, the son of Fumio Ueda, carries on the family torch as a second-generation Master Gardener. Born in Japan and raised in Australia, Shinya will give a demonstration and talk about the Japanese garden on Sunday at 3pm.


Extra activities: Japanese master gardener Shinya Ueda will give a demonstration and talk about Japanese gardening at 3pm on Sunday. The chosen charity, Windamere Horse Haven, will offer morning and afternoon tea. Rust Reloaded will offer one-off sculptures and garden objects made from metal landfill; and Really Useful Pots will offer ceramic birds mounted on rustic tools for sale. There will be plants for sale, as well as hand-made gifts including floral-themed face masks. 

Please note: there is a beehive, an unfenced dam and several water features. 


The charity for this garden is: Windamere Horse Haven

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