The Skilly House Garden


294 Skillogalee Creek Road, Watervale

Saturday 07 October 2023
Sunday 08 October 2023

10:00 AM
4:30 PM



Please bring cash as EFTPOS is not always available. This garden will open jointly with nearby Clair de Lune: $15 for both gardens (no concessions). 


The road to the Skilly House Garden follows the Skillogalee Creek through the picturesque and peaceful landscape of the Clare Valley. Bordered with the rolling Skillogalee Hills and areas of natural vegetation interspersed with grassy paddocks and grazing sheep, the road winds through the scenic valley to where The Skilly House sits in an idyllic setting dotted with majestic big old red gums.

However, with the natural beauty of the site come extras - kangaroos, rabbits and deer, all with similar taste in plants as the owners! Overnight, cossetted plants become a living feast on these regular foraging visits but owners Jo and Mark have discovered by trial and error and plenty of persistence that there is a limited range of species that are not damaged. Cypress, diosma, nandina, hibiscus, lomandra and other often fragrant or fuzzy foliage are usually untouched, but to overcome the challenge, large areas have been lawned, which, with a number of mature deciduous trees and the indigenous red gums, create a park-like look.

The garden slopes and some areas have been terraced with gabions and retaining walls built with stone collected on the property. A slate and gravel path leads to the highest part of the garden and to one of the many seats placed to take in the tranquility and views of the property. 

A high fence largely encloses a well-stocked vegetable garden and keeps out hungry intruders; there are fruit trees and a series of compost bins have been cleverly constructed using recycled wooden pallets.

A restful garden in a beautiful rural setting.



  • Skilly House: light lunch and refreshments; Clair de Lune: dumplings, other delicious Chinese food, dessert made from produce organically grown in the garden.
  • Stalls selling seedlings, wooden garden products (wicking beds, worm farms etc) and felted crafts
  • Live music

Please note:  This garden is not suitable for wheelchairs. From Leasingham turn into Wakefield Rd, follow for approx 5.3km, turn right into Skillogalee Creek Rd and follow for 2.9km. Skilly House Garden is on the right.

Skillogalee Creek Rd is a narrow, winding, dirt road - please drive carefully. Parking will be available in paddocks next to both gardens. 

Size: 0.6 ha, 1.5 acres.

The charity is: The Riesling Trail.

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From Leasingham turn into Wakefield Rd and follow for approx 5.3km, turn right into Skillogalee Creek Rd and follow for 2.9km. Skilly House Garden is on the right. Skillogalee Creek Rd is a narrow, winding, dirt road - please drive carefully.
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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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