About the gar­den

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Garden Walkaround -

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!

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