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Stunning gardens open for all to enjoy

Tuesday 24 May 2022

Take a stroll around the manicured gardens surrounding Partridge House, and you might feel like you’ve stepped into a painting by famous French artist, Monet.

That’s because the garden has been designed with elements and influences from many great gardens around the world – including Monet’s garden at Giverny, France, The Royal Horticultural Gardens at Wisley in the UK and Australia’s foremost garden designer, Paul Bangay’s garden at Stonefields in Victoria.

Over the past two years, Council’s Open Space horticultural team has been progressively transforming the gardens.

Formal hedges border garden beds which are brimming with colour, from amethyst to purple and blue.

Rose obelisks, which were made by the team to resemble the obelisks in Monet’s own garden, are surrounded by climbing rose varieties including Pierre de Ronsard, William Morris and Lamarque.

At the back of the grounds, which span approximately 3000 square metres, you’ll find the glorious and rare Ombu tree, which is one of only a handful of mature Ombu trees in South Australia.

The pond has been planted with many varieties of waterlilies – again inspired by Monet – and they come into bloom when the sun is shining.

Another unique feature of the gardens is the Townsend Drinking Fountain, which was gifted to the then council in 1877.

A team of dedicated volunteers meet weekly to assist in keeping the grounds in tip-top shape.

The property dates back to 1839, when the land at 38 Partridge Street was first purchased by Mrs Elinor Varley.

The house, today known as Partridge House, was built in 1899.

The gardens are open to the public all year round from 7am to dusk.

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