Dear Kay and Walter Hi, we had an early start Monday morning so sorry we missed saying goodbye, I just loved the restored cottage, an absolutely splendid job, how proud you must be of it and all the other buildings and garden, shame I missed it in bloom however I will have to make an effort to get over there for the Open day November 8th, especially since it is your last All the treats were delightful, I didn’t mind having no TV, we laughed our selves silly over the “Some Mothers Have Em” series, most of the movies a bit chick flick for partner but we did watch Out of Africa which I have only seen once before, and cried. We did a lot of talking and I even got my partner helping with crossword puzzles by the end of the stay, actually some jigsaw puzzles might be a nice edition. Loved the little kitten, see attached photo if it worked, we were missing our cats. Have not stopped raving about it to all who will listen, Hubby says don’t get any ideas about renovating (for a B and B ) the 2 br weatherboard cottage we have been living in for the last 10 years, in the process of having new house built on the site of the main house that was destroyed in the Wangary bushfire back in 2005. Our brood of grandchildren has got too many for the small cottage. He rolls his eyes now when I talk about having groups come to the garden and having afternoon teas etc Being a working farm we do worry about the insurance legalities with these types of things, still no panic, garden is at least another 2 years away from being show piece material. Hope we weren’t too extravagant with the wood, we should have brought our own especially as we have it on farm free, you probably have to pay for yours. Probably the only thing I would suggest would be a wardrobe with drawers and a mirror in the bedroom, otherwise could NOT fault facilities at all. And would you believe it is colder back here at Koppio, hope you weren’t affected by the heavy rains they talked about one the news So hope to get back for another stay in the future Thankyou, thankyou Karen and Trevor Fiegert Koppio
We are planning our last big Open Day for November 6th this year. Walt has been potting and planting foxgloves in anticipation of a promising spring! AND great news is that the GILLENTOWN garden will also open for all our visitors on the same day So save the date!!! We will be open from 9am to 5pm on Sunday ONLY and all our volunteers will be busy working hard for their charities Mainly the Royal Flying Doctor and The Women’s and Children’s Hospital We plan to have a gourmet BBQ and Barossa Icecream Co as well as several stalls and treats for all our wonderful visitors that support our charities. Please bring a car load of friends and come and enjoy the wonderful music of Tamarisque.
The Heritage Garden is a stunning example of a lush country garden hidden in Gillentown, to the west of Sevenhill. Proudly owned by Walter and Kay Duncan, the landscape consists of six acres, containing 2000 rose bushes, a quince orchard, lawns and a range of perennials. There’s also a 100 year old cottage, which is a thriving bed and breakfast, while the garden plays host to weddings and photo shoots. In 2009, Walter received a ‘World Rose Award’ in recognition of his services to the promotion of the rose, one of only three Australians to receive this award. The garden is open to the public in November.
Recently Kay attended the World Federation of Rose Societies Convention in Lyon, France. There The Heritage Garden was mentioned as being a wonderful garden and was recognised as being world class. What an honour!
This year we plan to open on Sunday 1st November. All being well we will have all the usual stalls, music and afternoon tea and scones
9am to 5pm….. a great day with all proceeds going to RFDS and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide
Please put this memorable day in your diaries and tell your friends…..or bring a car load
The date for our next Open Garden is Sunday November 2nd from 9am to 5pm
Please tell your friends, bring a carload and plan a wonderful relaxing day sitting in the garden with Tamarique playing.
Walter was honoured this year 2014 to be given an award from our Clare and Gilbert Valley Mayor. This award was in recognition of his services to the rose industry, the show, and also for the many thousands of dollars that he has raised for charity by opening his gardens.
We have them ready to go….. so let me know if you would like one or pick one up on OPEN DAY. $20 each plus postage.
Yes we are open again this year for one day only from 9am to 5pm. All proceeds will go to the RFDS and The Women’s and Children’s Hospital Auxiliary. Coffee and tea and scones and wine and cheese will be included in the admission price of $10 per person. Trading tables and stalls will be here also . Tamarisque will be sending their music into the garden for you all. Please tell your friends and come and enjoy the day.
New release!!! Holly’s new Book “Country Gardens, Country Hospitality”. A visit to Australias best. Holly has written about our garden in this book and there are some wonderful photos.