Open Gardens 2016: Tiatuckia Homestead Gardens to open this weekend

TIATUCKIA Homestead had not been lived in for about a decade before Joel and Wendy Bond bought it in 2007 but the overgrown garden has been transformed and now stands as a tribute to Mrs Bond’s love of gardening.

They started work on renovating the house, parts of which date back to the early 1840s, and garden in 2009.

“Our job on the grounds began with a massive clean up of dead and unwanted growth, which left us with a blank canvas on which to create a garden to fit and complement the house and its surrounds,” she said.

She is responsible for most of the gardening and maintenance however husband Joel was instrumental with the design of the woodland garden, which features a variety of native plants and trees and winding pathways canopied by an old established gum.

At the front of the homestead the Santa Ana lawn features a fountain and a row of pink iceberg roses.

The property’s fishpond garden is home to large ponytail palms and strap leaved plans encased in a wall of star jasmine.

“Through the arbour covered by Pierre De Ronsard roses is my favourite place, the rose garden,” Mrs Bond said.

“Here is a real delight of scent and colour from the nearly 150 different varieties of roses all showcased in a tiered stone and pebbled garden.”

Local coordinator Lyn Miller said Open Gardens South Australia had become a big success since it was incorporated in 2014 following the closure of the national scheme, with about $80,000 going back to garden owners and their chosen charities and more than $75,000 raised by charities operating plant stalls, morning teas and other supporting activities.

Mrs Miller said while some people were reluctant to open their garden she encouraged locals to nominate to take part in the scheme as it was an opportunity to show people what could be grown in the area.

The Tiatuckia Homestead Gardens will be open this Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4.30pm at 35-45 Haigh Drive, Tiatukia.

The Bonds’ nominated charity is Beyond Blue and Devonshire teas will be available.