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Beautiful testament to hard work

THE fruitful abundance of the beautiful mountain garden at 1386 Urila Road, Burra, is testament to the hard work of the garden creators and the successful use of biodynamic practices.

Situated in the Tinderry Mountains and enjoying spectacular views, the Felix garden is a feast of colour, form and shape.

Garden owners Anne Jarrah and Christopher Smith started their garden with a “blank slate” on the site of a former cattle farm. They had to struggle with the twin challenges of cool temperatures and poor soil. “Several tonnes of mulch, many old newspapers and watering – and the use of biodynamic principles, the soil has become very rich and fertile. And we have focused on plants that can survive the local conditions,” says Anne.


Rosemary, lavender, oregano, mint and thyme join with old-fashioned roses, wormwood, Wisteria, bog sage and penstemon to create a generous and colourful garden full of edible delights.

Other features include a large orchard with fruit trees, grapes and berries, a poly tunnel and bath garden used to grow medicinal herbs and vegetables, a lovely pool garden, and a terrace slope planted with roses, herbs, irises and a variety of trees.

Forty geese provide interesting sound effects and conduct rigorous grass mowing and fertilising duties!

1386 Urila Road, Burra, April 28-29, 10am-4.30pm, entry $6 (under 18 free). Teas will be available and there are picnic spots in the garden and nearby.


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