Gardening always seems to gives a wonderful sense of achievement, whether it’s admiring the newly mowed lawn or planting up a barren space or maybe planting out your first vegie patch.

It is a brilliant feeling. While most of us do a little here and there to keep the garden looking good, there are others who create masterpieces in their back and front yards. And rather than just keeping all that good work to themselves they are more than happy to spread the good word of gardening and fling open their front gates to the world – or at least their local community. Feel like a garden walk?

The Flightpath Garden in Torrensville is one of a number of stunning privately owned green spaces that are open to the public through the newly established Open Gardens SA.

The Flightpath Garden of Torrensville makes no apologies for being all about fruit and vegetables.
The front garden is filled with well-tended olive trees heavily laden with fruit. Two generously fruiting pomegranate trees frame the entrance to the back of the property, which is an excellent example of a productive and sustainable garden on a suburban block.

Fruit and vegetables abound to provide year round produce. Citrus, including oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit are grown together with apricots, pears, plums, figs, quinces and passionfruit.

Vegetables in season for the opening include interesting varieties of chillies, tomatoes and capsicums.

A small hillock has been created in the rear garden as a focal point to grow Australian natives and some Mediterranean water wise exotics like germander, westringias and echiums. There is an attractive Mallee eucalypt and drifts of kangaroo grass. Succulents also feature in unexpected places.

A large chook shed has grapes growing over it to provide shade in summer and there are plenty of interesting recycling ideas and artwork featured in the garden.

If you are interested in visiting innovative, interesting and downright beautiful gardens or maybe showing off yours, then follow the link below to Open Gardens SA. It’s not only a great day out, you also get to learn a lot too. Isn’t that what gardening is all about?




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In the Garden is an exciting new local South Australian TV program on Channel 9 this Summer & next Autumn showcasing the best ‘green’ stories this state has to tell. Check out the latest in garden trends, new plants and top tips to keep those gardens blooming.