1059 Paris Creek Road, Strathalbyn

Saturday 15 October 2022
Sunday 16 October 2022

10:00 AM
4:30 PM



To open under covid guidelines. Please note: cash only.


Martindale is a peaceful country garden nestled into a hillside with superb views over the surrounding countryside, the Angus River flowing through the valley below and distant Strathalbyn. The garden looks down on an idyllic scene of paddocks dotted with Wiltipoll sheep bred on the property. 

The owners Annie and Tom have thoughtfully planted the garden to create a haven for themselves and a welcoming home to a variety of birds, lizards and the odd kangaroo. Australian native plants provide food and shelter, while birdbaths and shallow bowls are continuously topped up as a dependable water source. Large rocks found on the property retain the sloping land and double as sunning spots for geckos and a number of other breeds of lizard. Twenty-five different birds including blue wrens, mistletoe birds, pardalotes and a very rare Gouldian finch have been sighted in the garden.

Annie has propagated many of the plants herself - eucalypts, callistemon, grevilleas, melaleucas, correas, banksias and 14 varieties of eremophila create dense layered planting ideal for birds and small creatures. Grasses, including some indigenous to the area, contrast beautifully with ground covers and low mounding plants like the silver leafed cushion bush and also attract insects as a food source for birds that like to forage all year round.

Roses, mostly with flowers in rich sunset shades, several varieties of salvia, plectranthus and lavenders add colour and perfume as well as encouraging bees and butterflies. 

A restful garden that visually and environmentally sits perfectly in the superb surrounding rural landscape.


Extra activities: Tea and coffee; Really Useful Pots will sell ceramic birds; 2pm each day - Birds SA will talk on attracting birds and wildlife to gardens.

Size: 0.75 acres, 0.3 hectares

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