33 Stirling St, Milang

Saturday 08 April 2023
Sunday 09 April 2023

10:00 AM
4:30 PM



Please bring cash as EFTPOS facilities are not always available.

This garden will open until 7pm on Easter Sunday.


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 become garden paths.

The garden winds in an 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 50kgs of boysenberries a year. A grove of a dozen olive trees complements a lovely Moroccan inspired courtyard.

The garden is beautifully illuminated with fairy lights, and on Easter Sunday evening will remain open until 7pm to allow visitors to bring a picnic or just sit and enjoy the display.

Marchrismick is a fascinating property that is like no other!



  • Walk and talk at 11am and 2pm both days
  • Plant and succulents from Clayton Bay Nursery
  • Cafe serving fair trade coffee and tea, homemade cakes, and icecream with homegrown boysenberries

Please note: This garden will be open until 7pm on Sunday - visitors are invited to bring a picnic on Sunday to enjoy the beautiful garden lights after twilight. 

Size: 1.25 acres; 0.5 ha.


The charities are: Medecins sans Frontieres, and Fred Hollows.

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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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