Tweed Cottage


54 Woodside Road, Lobethal

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. 

Brendan is a professional horticulturist – using his expertise together with his love of flowers he has crammed the glade-like slope behind the house with old fashioned favourite: delphiniums, Queen Anne’s lace, cornflowers, penstemons, poppies, lupins and iris to name just a few. But it is the foxgloves that steal the show, growing very tall in the ideal microclimate and adding vertical drama to the vibrant mix of flowers.

At the very top of the hill under eucalypts is a dry garden with succulents and hardy species – the rusty bowl of an old cement mixer now planted Casuarina ‘Cousin It’ makes a unique centre piece and contrasts beautifully with the fleshy silver leaves of cotyledons and other water efficient plants. Adding a distinctive salvaged ‘seat’ has made this a favourite spot to enjoy the garden and the surrounding rural landscape.

Chooks, ducks and geese play an important role as the garden’s pest patrollers and are provided with attractive accommodation. ‘The EggPlant’ is the name given to the remarkable navy coloured hen house and the geese have a similar home, theirs painted a pretty shade of primrose. An extensive productive garden planted with vegetables and fruit trees, some espaliered, is protected under a large covered framework.

It has taken just five years to transform what was a patch of woody weeds to this entrancing garden. The 2019 bushfires lapped the property and burnt a shed but spared the house and most of the garden – a setback that was soon overcome with hard work and enthusiasm. Less than two years on from the horrific fire the garden is better than ever!

Brendan, who was included in the May edition of SA Life in a feature on up-and-coming young professional gardeners, will do walks and talks around the garden at 11am and 2pm each day.


Size: 1 acre, 0.4ha

Please note: this garden has a beehive, and is not suitable for prams or wheelchairs. Refreshments will not be offered in the garden, but please consider visiting businesses in Lobethal. Also, as the garden is on a main road, please park at the nearby Kleemann Funerals, where toilets will also be available. 

Extra activities: Brendan will do a walk and talk at 11am and 2pm both days.

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