About the garden
A place of whimsical character and artistic touches, Tickle Tank had a very unlikely start. When Irene Stone Pearce purchased it in 1998, the 450sqm block of land in Mount Barker, SA, had only one feature – a 270,000L concrete water tank! The huge structure was a turn-off to most buyers, but not Irene – she decided to transform it into her home. The construction process involved cutting holes for doors and windows through the 46cm-thick concrete, and the addition of three adjoining tanks to provide a sitting room, bathroom and studio. With the house complete, Irene was able to turn her creativity to the garden. A potter artist and sculptor, she has a passion for the quirky and colourful – the landscape is sprinkled with fabulous touches at every turn. Mosaics and sculptures, recycled furniture and painted pots all combine to create a lively and engaging scene. The garden has been laid out as a series of open-air rooms: for relaxation, meditation, kid’s fun and dining. And why the name Tickle Tank? People are ‘tickled pink’ when they see it, of course!