Tropical Barossa garden opens in Tanunda in early 2020

A scene from Tropical Barossa, a Tanunda garden open to the public in early January. Photo: Supplied
A scene from Tropical Barossa, a Tanunda garden open to the public in early January. Photo: Supplied

Designed for relaxed outdoor living and entertaining, Tropical Barossa is a series of individual yet connected spaces decorated and planted to create an oasis-like tropical style garden.

Located at Tanunda, the 1100 square garden opens to the public on the weekend of January 4 and 5 next year.

The owners are interior designers and their long experience decorating houses and an interest in Feng Shui suggests that ideally for comfort and conversation, a series of small intimate areas creates a sense of harmony.

As well, attention has been given to ensuring that the areas are cool and shaded in summer, yet with careful positioning of trees allow winter sun, making the garden usable and pleasant throughout the seasons.

Some spaces are covered, others open but protected with Strelitzia Nicolai foliage, and in summer with the leafy canopies of deciduous 'Natchez' crepe myrtle trees.

Plants have been selected to appear lush yet all will thrive with minimal water.

Palms, trees, ferns, fatsia, ginger, nandina, liriope and lilies grow rampantly among a number of brightly coloured pots, stone lanterns and statuary.

An old door at what appears to be the end of the garden opens to an area of lawn and a superb Balinese hut. Here and throughout the garden several water features and ponds add the tranquil sound of bubbling water.

To add to the ambience super fine mist can be emitted at intervals cooling the air as it evaporates, and there is piped music and a small dance floor.

Tropical Barossa is full of good ideas as an entertainers' garden, an inviting outdoor living area and as an attractive low maintenance garden.

Garden Highlights:

  • Division of space interesting
  • Tropical theme using water efficient plants
  • Balinese accent, Balinese hut
  • Pots, ponds, bubbling water
  • Low maintenance, designed for year-round use and to be climate compatible
  • Entertainers garden

Extra activities include a ladies fashion stall and local artisan jeweller.

The garden is located at 5 Third Avenue and will be open from 10am-4.30pm, cost is $8 and children are free.

Proceeds of the open benefit Lutheran Community Care.

Find out more at www.opengardensa.org.au.