Last two Kangaroo Island open gardens on show after surviving the fires

DAYS AFTER: The historic homestead and wool shed at Western Cove survived the fire, but the KI Permaculture Institute up the road did not. Photo Caroline Taylor

DAYS AFTER: The historic homestead and wool shed at Western Cove survived the fire, but the KI Permaculture Institute up the road did not. Photo Caroline Taylor

This Sunday, November 22 was due to be the last day of our Open Gardens for Spring 2020, and we had hoped lots of people will come and enjoy both gardens, as they are very special.

As of Tuesday, we are hoping to proceed with strict COVID measures, but if you want to check before heading out call me Anne Morrison on 0428 955 598 or go to the "Kangaroo Island Spring Garden Festival" Facebook page.

Both gardens recovering from the fires of last summer, with lots of help from their passionate owners, plus family and friends roped in to help.

"Wind and Wings", at 6362 North Coast Road, Middle River, has a new garden with a sunken lawn and low stone walls, which support many shrubs, succulents and cottage plants.

New soil added to the beds has allowed the plants to thrive. All are low growing so the amazing view across the ocean can be enjoyed, and have been chosen for their hardiness to wind and kangaroos.

A new area is under construction for vegetables and fruit trees.

Soak in the view from this garden while you have a cuppa with scones, jam and cream - your donation will help buy a new ball machine for our junior tennis players.

"A Country Garden", at 742 Western River Road, Western River Cove, is only about 10 minutes drive further along North Coast Road, then turn right onto Western River Road.

The new garden was started in 2005, and surrounds a Homestead built in 1939.

The bushfires of 2007, then 2019-20 have led to further redesign. The front garden is filled with colour - salvias, proteas, oleanders, daisies and lots of shrubs that make it a haven for small birds.

The back garden is dramatic, with palms, Xanthorreahs, yuccas and cycads. There is also a netted orchard, and old mulberry and fig trees. Lots to explore at this historic property.

Caroline has donated one of her paintings to be raffled ($2 a ticket) for the Western KI Lions Club, who were going to be cooking a sausage sizzle.

KI Garden Club members were going to donate homemade cake/slices to enjoy with your cuppa - all proceeds to the WKI Lions.

Head out on North Coast Road to get there but drive carefully on the gravel roads! Keep going till you see the big green "Open Garden" flag.

Or, if you want more bitumen, drive all the way along Playford Highway to Gosse, and turn right onto North Coast Road.

Toilets are available at Snellings Beach and Western River Cove Caravan Park. - Anne Morrison

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