3 Dairy Court, Blakiston

Saturday 12 March 2022
Sunday 13 March 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.


A drive lined with plane trees leads to Strathconan, a country property high on the hill with sweeping views over the surrounding countryside to the distant Mt Barker summit. The garden is split into three distinct zones separated by narrow tracts of grazing land.

The main area close to the house is predominantly a native garden that has evolved around a central lawn and stands of majestic eucalypts. Long lengths of stone walling retain the slope and on two sides the garden is bordered by a wide box hedge found to be unpalatable to the sheep in the adjoining paddock! Sawdust paths wind among large swathes of low growing correa and finely leafed Australian grasses which contrast with the tall strappy foliage of several huge Gymea lilies. Roses, salvias, lavender, dahlias and annuals add surprise pops of colour throughout.

Across the paddock and protected from the wind by a band of acacias, banksias, melaleucas and proteas, is a well-maintained orchard planted with assorted citrus, apples, stone fruits, a mulberry, figs and several varieties of grapes.

‘The Forest Garden’ is the third area and is also separated by a paddock. Here a path traverses through a sapling forest underplanted with an eclectic mix of plants that have been gifted, grown from cuttings or rescued. 

Garden ornaments including a whirly one purchased at the Chelsea Flower Show add interest and there is a small vegie garden.

An informal, meandering garden in a rural setting with a stunning scenic outlook.


Please note: It is suggested visitors wear closed-in, flat shoes as some parts of the garden are accessed via a paddock.

Size: 3.3 ha; 8 acres.

The charity is: Urrbrae Agricultural High School

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