Joe's Connected Garden

Elizabeth Grove

6 Argent Street, Elizabeth Grove

Saturday 18 February 2023
Sunday 19 February 2023

10:00 AM
4:30 PM



We encourage you to bring cash as EFTPOS facilities are not always available.    


This is the 11th consecutive year that Joe’s Connected Garden has welcomed Open Gardens visitors and demonstrated the many benefits and community spirit that comes from opening neighbouring gates and sharing resources, knowledge and gardens.

The garden is in fact five gardens from a group of 15 nearby properties where like-minded residents have banded together to share friendship and expertise as well as their land. By working together and thoughtfully managing the microclimate and enriching the soil, they have been able to grow around 750 different productive plants, including a vast range of fruit trees, vegetables, herbs, berries, nuts, medicinal plants, edible weeds and fruiting cacti. The collection includes 270 different figs, seven types of mangos and to name just a few, such rarities as a peanut tree, a peanut butter tree, Japanese raisin tree, Brazil cherry, a tropical cherry, a devil’s claw, dragon fruit and several varieties of coffee plants. As well, there are the more usual citrus and stone fruit trees. 

Entry is through Joe’s garden where he has amassed an extensive collection of sub-tropical fruiting plants including many seldom seen in SA. Rosanne’s garden has raised beds of berries, stone fruits, citrus, figs and grapes. John shows just how easy it is to grow vegetables in recycled broccoli boxes and Seaton’s garden is planted with more unusual fruit trees. Across the road in the fifth property are veggies and trees, including an espaliered maze of over 30 trees and also figs cleverly planted in two concentric circles, a trick that maximises planting in a limited space.

The gardens are productive and experimental rather than ornamental, and they demonstrate permaculture principles and organic practices. Uncommon new food crops are tried, and ways to provide each plant with the best possible conditions for it to thrive and fruit are demonstrated. Re-use of materials is a priority and signage is used throughout to identify plants and to explain cultivation techniques.  Families of chooks and ducks assist with pest management!

Joe’s Connected Garden offers a learning experience in productive gardening and visitors come back year after year for an opportunity to gain ideas, hear the informative talks, see the ongoing changes and purchase hard-to-come-by plants.

It is a place where ‘community’ as well as food, is nurtured.

Hot and cold food and drinks will be available and toilets supplied if you want to make a day of it!


Please note: the gardens are not suitable for prams or wheelchairs as they have uneven pathways; there is also a partially covered lily pond.



  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Light vegan and vegetarian lunches 
  • Talks and demonstrations on all aspects of productive gardening
  • Rare Fruit Society members and experienced expert gardeners will be on hand to answer questions
  • Displays
  • Plant sales
  • Gate prizes
  • Yellow brick road activity for children.

Garden Notes

Garden notes are written by the garden owner and often tell the story of their garden. Click the link below to download the notes and we suggest you print them and bring them to the garden.


Facilities & Activities

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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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