Saturday 15 April and Sunday 16 April 2023

The story of the SA Landscape Festival.

SA Landscape Festival 2023 - a fabulous success!

The second fabulous SA Landscape Festival was held over the weekend of the 15 and 16 April 2023.  Brought to you by Open Gardens SA and Master Landscapers of SA this festival was dedicated to presenting our state’s best landscaped gardens, each created for their owners by design professionals.

All proceeds from the Festival were donated to the SA Country Women’s Association (SACWA), our charity partner for this event.  We were delighted hand over a sum of $28,137.92 to the SACWA at a Donation Presentation on the 17 May 2023.  The SACWA served tea, coffee, and freshly baked scones at three of the gardens over the festival weekend, providing them with the opportunity to raise additional funds.

Ten stunning South Australian professionally designed gardens opened their gates to welcome visitors, offering a rare chance for the public to learn from garden landscape designers and pick up tips on creating their own perfect back yards.  From contemporary courtyards and entertaining areas, to attractive, easy-to-maintain family friendly backyards, there were ideas for every size and style of garden.  The gardens were located across Adelaide and the Hills including Brighton South and West Beach, from Medindie to Leabrook and in the Adelaide Hills, at Bridgewater, Oakbank, Hahndorf and Stirling.

The Festival was very successful with an estimated 6,500 visitations with most people visiting multiple gardens.  Visitors were able to ask questions and receive valuable advice from the garden designer and / or their representatives explaining their design ideas, offering guidance and information.  Not only did the South Australian public support this event, we also had a number of interstate visitors who throughly enjoyed the festival experience.

The feedback received from visitors was wonderful with comments such as:

Just liked to say a big thank you! Hubby and I have had a wonderful time exploring all the gardens this weekend. So many amazing gardens, plants and ideas.  Thank you to all those who worked behind the scenes & the CWA ladies.

It’s been a wonderful weekend visiting all of these gardens to admire and appreciate the great work that the landscapers do to showcase their expertise.

What wonderful gardens and their gardener’s, such vision and dedication and accomplishment….how very satisfying it is too. Well done to them all.

Garden envy big time – simply stunning Open Gardens SA.

We thank the garden owners, the designers, and the public for their incredible support.

Another wonderful achievement and we are delighted with the result!

2023 Cheque Presentation gallery

SA Landscape Festival 2021

In April 2021 the MLSA and Open Gardens SA staged the inaugural SA Landscape Festival, welcoming over 2,500 patrons through the gates of twelve 12 of our states most beautiful and professionally landscaped gardens.

It’s no surprise then that SA Landscape Festival is set to return in 2023!

SA Landscape Festival opens the gates to some of South Australia’s most beautiful professionally designed and constructed gardens and showcases the best of Master Landscapers of SA Members. It’s a celebration of landscape design, construction, and maintenance, that allows visitors to spend time in private gardens, collect ideas, and admire the work of some of our state’s best landscapers.

Both the Master Landscapers of SA and Open Gardens South Australia are incredibly proud to have created and present this uniquely South Australian Festival. Having been postponed in 2020 due to the impacts of COVID-19, the inaugural 2021 SA Landscape Festival supported the outstanding work of the South Australian Country Women’s Association, raising over $22,000. Proceeds from the 2023 Festival will once again be donated to the SA Country Women’s Association, and we thank them for their continued support.

Special thanks must also go to the generosity of our participating garden owners, without whom SA Landscape Festival could not give visitors the rare opportunity to see inside the vast array of privately owned gardens showcasing the exceptional work of our MLSA Landscapers.

Even more visitors are expected in 2023, with the audience being a mixture of landscape industry professionals and keen home gardeners, so if you’re keen to attend purchase your ticket.

Celebrate the best of landscape design in SA journeying from one spectacular garden to the next across a weekend of brilliance. Find inspiration & grasp the beauty of each landscape in talking to the landscape designers, find out their secrets, tips, tricks & more.

2021 gallery

About the Master Landscapers of South Australia

Master Landscapers of SA (MLSA) is the authority for everything you need to know about Landscaping. MLSA members have been vetted, qualified, and committed to the MLSA Code of Conduct, so you can trust them to improve your property value and lifestyle, and bring your vision to life through their services in Landscape Design, Construction and Maintenance.

Connect with the MLSA to find a landscaping professional and build your own knowledge of the industry, its operators and what to consider before engaging a landscaper.

The MLSA are passionate about celebrating the outstanding work of members and supporting the growth of the Landscaping industry in South Australia. Their annual Awards of Excellence showcase the best of the industry, across both commercial and residential environments. And the addition of SA Landscape Festival further allows the MLSA to showcase the skill, expertise and craftsmanship of Master Landscapers.

For more information about Master Landscapers of SA or to find an MLSA Member: www.landscapesa.com.au 

About Open Gardens South Australia

Open Gardens SA (OGSA) is a not for profit organisation incorporated in late 2014 to continue the role of the disbanded Open Gardens Australia which had operated nationally since 1988.

Its mission is to educate and promote the enjoyment, knowledge and benefits of gardens and gardening in South Australia and to build strong public support for the development of gardens. Its primary activity is to facilitate the opening of private gardens to the public. It also presents garden related workshops and events. The latter have included the annual presentation of a ‘Theatre in the Garden’ event in partnership with Blue Sky Theatre.

Since its inaugural season of 2015/2016 over 200 gardens have been opened to over 100,000 visitors. Approximately $750,000 has been returned to garden owners and their charities though their share of entry fees and additional charity fund raising activities at openings.

Additionally, Open Gardens SA has been able to develop a modest giving program of its own which has included support for horticulture students, community gardens and bush fire recovery projects.

Open Gardens SA Inc. is delighted to be collaborating with Master Landscapers SA in the inaugural SA Landscape Festival showcasing excellence in garden design and construction.

For more information about Open Gardens SA: opengardensa.org.au