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They seek him here, they seek him there...

This January, Open Gardens SA and Blue Sky Theatre will present outdoor performances of The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Adapted from Baroness Orczy’s novel, the outdoor show promises romance, danger and laughs set amongst the streets of Paris during the French revolution in 1792.

Armed with only his wits and his cunning, one man recklessly defies the French revolutionaries to rescue aristocrats from the deadly guillotine.

Our dashing hero hides in plain sight by pretending to be the biggest fool in London. But a ruthless French agent is sworn to discover his identity and stop him at any cost.

According to the director, Dave Simms, The Scarlet Pimpernel is a cheeky swashbuckling romp packed with stunning 18th century-inspired costumes.

Blue Sky Theatre’s productions continue to delight each summer, and this year’s ensemble is the largest to date.

As performances are outdoors, there’s plenty of room to enjoy a picnic washed down with a drink from the bar. It’s a colourful and energetic experience under the stars.


13,14 & 15 January 2023
Brook Rd Garden, Lower Inman Valley, VICTOR HARBOR

20, 21 & 22 January 2023

26, 27 & 28 January 2023
Wittunga Botanic Garden BLACKWOOD
NOTE: Thursday 26 January is Australia Day

Tickets are $35 including a complimentary program.



Gardens open from 4pm. All shows are at 6.30pm.
Bar available. Bring your own picnic.

Presented by Open Gardens SA and Blue Sky Theatre Productions with thanks to generous garden owners, Hans Heysen Foundation and Adelaide Botanic Gardens Foundation.


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Harvest Garden Festival 2023

A weekend to explore productive gardens and discover the secrets to planting and harvesting your own home-grown and healthy food.


10.00 AM to 4:30 PM

Discover how to enjoy harvesting home-grown food in any garden, big or small. A vegetable patch not only supplies you with nutritious goodness it also enriches your day-to-day life by inspiring you to get outside and connect with nature.

For this memorable weekend, gardens in Adelaide and the hills will open their gates, giving you a rare chance to talk with the owners about what they grow and how they grow it.

Brought to you by Open Gardens SA with proceeds to OzHarvest

To view the gardens as they become listed Click Here 

$20 for four gardens or $50 for an all gardens pass






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Noel Coward's hidden gem about to shine under blues skies


This January, Open Gardens SA and Blue Sky Theatre are presenting outdoor performances of Present Laughter, one of Noël Coward’s lesser-known comedies, in three of SA’s finest gardens.

It tells the story of famous and fabulous superstar Garry Essendine who’s preparing for an overseas tour. His life spirals into chaos as lovers and fans swoop on him in rapid succession. The night before he sails, all hell breaks loose in a whirlwind of sex, panic and soul-searching.

According to the director, Dave Simms, Present Laughter is a giddy and modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness. He says people familiar with Coward’s comedies are in for a surprise.

“Our production is fast-paced and provocative with several twists,” smiles Dave. “We’re setting the story on Garry’s swish patio where remarkable people in beautiful costumes sweep into the garden as they go.”

Set in pre-war London, the cheeky comedy is packed with Coward’s wicked wit.

“Garry and his glamorous entourage gossip about everyone, drink too much and sleep around,” says Dave. “We’re out to prove that ‘sex, drugs and rock’n’roll’ were around long before the 60s.”

Blue Sky Theatre’s garden productions are a popular summer favourite starring many regular performers, including Simon Barnett, Ashley Bell, Robert Bell, Rachel Burfield, Joshua Coldwell, Lee Cook, Miriam Keane, Michelle Nightingale, Nicole Rutty, Angela Short and Leighton Vogt.

As performances are outdoors, there’s plenty of room to enjoy a picnic washed down with a drink from the bar. It’ll be another colourful and energetic experience under the stars.


 7, 8 & 9 January 2022
  1 Battye Road ENCOUNTER BAY

   14, 15 & 16 January 2022
   The Cedars HAHNDORF

28, 29 & 30 January 2022
Wittunga Botanic Garden BLACKWOOD


Tickets are $35.



Gardens open from 4pm. All shows are at 6.30pm.
Bar available. Bring your own picnic.

Presented by Open Gardens SA and Blue Sky Theatre by arrangement with ORiGiN™ Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French A Concord Theatricals Company



Jazz in the Garden


Sunday 21st March

4.30 - 7.00 pm


Please join us for an afternoon of jazz, listening to some of your all-time favourites.

Young and passionate jazz students from the University of Adelaide Elder Conservatorium will entertain you in a lovely garden setting.

Drinks and light refreshments included.

$35 per head.

Limited to 50 attendees.




Covidsafe plan in place

Jazz Event






Sat 10th and Sun 11th April 2021

10am to 4pm


A garden showcase


For one weekend only, the Master Landscapers of SA and Open Gardens SA open the gates to some of our state’s most beautiful, professionally designed and built, privately owned gardens.

Experience professional landscapes brought to you by the finest designers across this exclusive weekend event.

Learn from skilled professionals as they share their secrets, tips and tricks, and find your own inspiration as you bask in the unique beauty of each garden design.


Visit for only $10 per garden or $50 for an all garden pass.


Go to

for details and to purchase tickets.




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A laugh-out-loud mix of songs, slapstick and sparkling one-liners

This January Open Gardens SA and Blue Sky Theatre are presenting an outdoor performance of one of the most successful comedy adaptations ever – One Man, Two Guvnors.

Richard Bean’s madcap adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s 18th-century comedy, A Servant of Two Masters, is set in Brighton England in 1963.

It tells the story of Francis Henshall, a failed skiffle player, who finds himself working for two guvnors. One, Rachel Crabbe, is disguised as her dead gangland twin; the other is a snooty toff, Stanley Stubbers, who not only killed Rachel’s brother but is also her secret lover.

Neither boss is aware the other is in Brighton, as Francis bounces like a shuttlecock between his two bosses trying to please them both. But how long can he keep them apart?

Award-winning director Dave Simms is bringing together a live skiffle band to join the Blue Sky Theatre’s regular ensemble.

As performances are outdoors, there’s plenty of room to enjoy a picnic and a drink from the bar.  It’ll be another colourful and energetic experience under the stars.

Victor Harbor on January 8, 9 and 10

The Cedars in Hahndorf on January 15, 16, and 17

Wittunga Botanic Garden in Blackwood on January 22, 23 and 24

All shows start at6.30pm


In line with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, we have reduced the capacity of our auditorium this year.

We will be allocating your seats in twos. You’ll need to book at least two tickets. So you and a friend can sit together but distanced from others.

We’ve tried to keep it simple and fair, so please:

Organise your group

Then book the number of seats you need 

You will need to book at least two tickets.

First in, best dressed.

Call us on 0475 309 435 if you need to book an odd number of tickets. We may be able to help if you need five tickets, for example.


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