Tickle Tank

Mt Barker

24 Hill Street, Mt Barker

Saturday 08 October 2022
Sunday 09 October 2022

10:00 AM
4:30 PM



The garden will open under covid guidelines. Please note: cash only.


Tickle Tank, the charming and unique home of talented sculptor and artist Irene Pearce has delighted and inspired thousands of visitors over the years. Once the storage tank for the water supply to the surrounding town, Irene bought the property in 1998, and with great vision added several smaller tanks transforming them into a quirky and comfortable home. Over time she has decorated both inside and outside with intricate mosaics and creative artwork made mostly from recycled objects.

The bright colourful garden is wrapped closely around the tanks and although tiny, is crammed with clever ideas, surprises and whimsy.  A pretty pink rose clambers over the arbour at the entrance and cottage perennials, self-seeding annuals, Australian native plants and succulents, many planted in vibrant innovative containers, fill every available space.

The site slopes so there are steps, winding paths and retaining walls often inset with mosaic and adapted to double as seats. The driveway and much of the exterior of the home have also been decorated - one wall is draped with a permanently flowering white mosaic wisteria; there are many flowers, magpies, teapots and much more!

A curving sculpture of a dragon forms another enchanting seat and dotted everywhere are pots, statues, vividly tiled birdbaths, artwork and ‘found treasure’ all adding extra colour and interest. Irene’s ingenuity knows no bounds with both the materials and the imaginative way she uses them, and each year she adds new pieces to her joyful garden.

Tickle Tank is a happy, magical place, jam packed with creativity!


Extra activities:  Morning and afternoon teas; raffle; plants, and garden art including painted pots and leadlight for sale.

Please note: This garden is not suitable for prams and wheelchairs. The garden has a small pond as well as steep slopes, steps and uneven paths.

Size: 450sqm.

The chosen charity is: Purple House Dialysis Unit, Alice Springs

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The standard entry fee is $10 adults, $8 concession on presentation of the Eligible Commonwealth Government concession cards (which are the Pensioner Concession Card and the Health Care Card, but not a Seniors Card).  The concession is also available on presentation of a Horticultural Tertiary student concession card for TAFE students.  OGSA Members, including current season Garden Owners are eligible for the $8 concession on presentation of their Membership card.

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