Rambling rural garden on Fleurieu Peninsula open to public for Fleurieu Community Foundation fundraiser

A stunning, rambling rural garden at 164 Back Valley Road will be open to the public this Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9 from 10am to 4pm.

The property, Seven Oaks, has a broad range of varieties of plants which emphasises that gardeners can grow almost everything in the Mediterranean climate in this region.

Wandering the extended garden one can discover the diversity of plantings from fruit orchards, cottage garden plants like lavenders, daisies, plumbago, geraniums, ground covers, salvias and roses.

There's towering European trees, numerous native specimens and extensive melaleuca and tea tree windbreaks, along with crab apple and quince trees amid the olive groves, where the chickens run free and the box hedges grow in harmony along with other varieties of plants including an area of bulbs.

Dotted throughout the property you will find ponds laden with native fish and water lilies.

It's a picturesque garden that captures not only the rural outlook, but also highlights the diversity of the pretty garden areas surrounding the main house and the old cottage, circa 1910.

The weekend will be jam-packed with entertainment for visitors, including a number of bands, a barbecue cooked by the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor, coffee and food vans, artists at work, raffles, plant sales, local wines, garden sculptures, a 'guess the steers weight' competition and more.

Proceeds from the open garden will go to the Fleurieu Community Foundation, which raises funds to help the homeless on the Fleurieu and children in areas of sport, the arts and tertiary education; all which may not happen without the Foundation's support.

To visit the property, head out from Victor Harbor along the Inman Valley Road to Back Valley Road, turn at the tennis courts, and follow the signs to the property.

Entry fee is $5 for adults and children under 15 free of charge.

For more information about the Fleurieu Community Foundation, visit www.fleurieucommunityfoundation.org,au

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