"Yankalilla" 121 Knafl Road, Taggerty
We bought the 25acre property in 2001 and immediately started a revegetation program.
The house was built in 2003 and the vegie garden and chook run were established.
This can be a harsh climate and any garden we developed, due to water constraints, had to be tough. My prerequisites for plant choice are “drought tolerant, frost tolerant and clay tolerant”.
Inspired by the powerful presence of the Cathedral Mountain as a backdrop, Australian native plants were chosen. We wanted to encourage birds, wild life and frogs so a pond had to included. To create the garden beds clay from the pond was combined with cow manure, mounded, then covered with thick layers of newspaper and Autumn leaves. Generous mulching after planting ensured the plants needed no further watering.
Eucalypts, grevilleas, correas, banksias, acacias and many different grasses provide contrasting foliage and flowers throughout the year. Many birds nest in the garden and our bees thrive on the nectar and pollen.
Placed throughout the garden are the wonderful creations of our friend, master blacksmith, Dietmar Fleckhammer.
With hard work and good luck the garden survived the 2009 bushfires.
We hope our garden will inspire others to “think native” and enjoy the creatures who call it home.
Tea and coffee are available under the verandah at the Western end of the house where Doug will be happy to answer hobby beekeeping questions throughout the day.
Photo albums of the progress of the property are also on display there.
- Steel Pans Music (Sat only 11:00am - 2:00pm)
- Tea and coffee available
- Bee keeping information