DESCRIBE THE GARDEN: Our beef cattle farm is on the beautiful southern Fleurieu Peninsula, 60km south of Adelaide. The rambling 4000sq m productive, biodynamic garden is the heart of the farm, situated next to the house on top of a hill. It’s inspiring to be working in the garden and look out over undulating, gum-studded paddocks to the Southern Ocean, 8km away.
Phillip and I purchased the property in 1997 and the entire farm, including the garden and orchard, is certified biodynamic organic.
We’ve established a diverse collection of local native plants, perennials and edibles to attract bees and birds and to create a balanced, peaceful, sustainable garden environment. We have many garden “rooms” including a covered orchard with free-ranging hens, kitchen garden, berry fruit garden, meditative prayer garden, herb garden and saffron bed.
There are lovely walks through the 2.4ha of dense heritage scrub, where we see kangaroos graze in the morning and at least 60 types of birds.
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: Our aim is to create an inspiring, healthy garden, producing enlivened, wholesome food to heal and inspire ourselves and visitors. We came down this path after moving from a heavily sprayed property in Renmark and my cancer diagnosis. Happily, I’ve been healthy again since 2000.
BIGGEST CHALLENGES: Being at the top of the hill, the topsoil had washed away, leaving heavy clay, impossible to dig. So we built raised beds piled with layers of lucerne hay, compost and straw, and now we have beautiful, deep, black soil that is full of worms and pro-
Sunningdale Farm 630 Mosquito Hill Road, Mount Jagged, South Australia Owners: Anne and Phillip Duguid Open 10am-4pm; $8, under 16 free