Stangate House


3 Edgeware Road, Aldgate

Sunday 24 April 2022
Sunday 24 April 2022

10:00 AM
4:30 PM



Please note: this garden will open on Sunday only. 

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


A spectacular display of autumn leaves is a feature of Stangate Garden, an historic property developed in the 1940s by the Rev Raymond Cornish and his wife Gwyneth as their retirement project. With the help of Elsie Cornish, a well-known Adelaide garden designer, they laid out the large garden in a romantic woodland style with a series of lawn terraces either side of the Aldgate creek. They were followers of the English arts and crafts movement which embraced a simple country lifestyle and love of nature.  Elsie was influenced by the English artist and garden designer Gertrude Jekyll. The property was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1970 and the garden has since been cared for by a team of volunteers.

Covering 4.5 acres, the garden contains a wonderful collection of mature ornamental trees, planted in the 1940s including oaks, beeches, tilias, maples, elms, liquidambar and dogwoods, which offer stunning color every April. The garden is well-known for its extensive collection of around 700 camellias, planted and cared for by the Camellia Society of SA over the past 40 years. In 2012, it was awarded the distinction of being a camellia garden of international significance, one of only three in Australia.

In autumn the lightly perfumed simple blooms of the sasanqua camellias complement the fading blooms of massed hydrangeas which thrive in the dappled shade. Close to the house, a sunny border combines late roses with asters, salvias, daylilies, kiss-me-quick and daisies.

At the bottom of the garden is a magnificent English oak, Quercus robur, which is listed on the National Register of big trees as the equal largest in Australia. Mystery surrounds the planting of this oak but there is no doubt that it is an awe-inspiring specimen and has become a favourite backdrop for weddings and picnics.


Please note: this garden has an unfenced creek - children will need to be carefully supervised at all times. It also has gravel and steep paths in some areas, so is not suitable for wheelchairs. Parking is available in Aldgate Railway Station, Euston Rd.

Size: 4.5 acres, 1.8 ha

The nominated charity for this garden is: the National Trust of South Australia

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