33 Stirling St, Milang

Saturday 16 April 2022
Sunday 17 April 2022

10:00 AM
4:30 PM



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


Like its name, Marchrismick is intriguing!  Dedicated recyclers John and Roberta have taken re-purposing to a whole new level in their extraordinary garden at Milang. They have run with the idea of inside/outside living and over time have built a cluster of fascinating small out-buildings and structures, creating a unique miniature village-like setting almost entirely from rescued materials.

Their once derelict 1880s cottage belonged to the son of a paddle steamer captain in the golden age of Milang as a premier South Australian port. With very little spent, what the couple have achieved is inspiring – using principles of make do and mend, an artistic eye and plenty of hard graft, old water tanks have been cut up and cleverly transformed into a sewing room, posts from the former Milang jetty have a new life as garden fencing, abandoned floorboards from a farm building are re-purposed in a pergola and discarded old clay flooring has been re-laid as paths and sizeable limestone blocks found in a paddock have been used to line garden beds.

The garden, planted mostly with tough plants that require little summer water, winds in and out of the structures; agapanthus, clivia and succulents edge paths and climbers soften walls, with the canopies of the trees providing shade.  Highlights include a superb quince walk and pleached vines, an extensive covered organic vegetable garden that doubles as a chook run and an orchard which produces around 50 kgs of boysenberries a year. A grove of a dozen olive trees complements a lovely Moroccan inspired courtyard.

Marchrismick is a fascinating property that is like no other!


Size: 1.25 acres; 0.5 ha.

The charity is: Medecins sans Frontieres

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