Situated in a semi-arid zone, Peterborough has freezing Winters, scorching Summers and minimal rainfall, making plant selection crucial for a successful garden.
Since the early 1980's we have transformed our 10 acres from horse paddocks to Organic Market Garden, and now to Habitat Garden. After planting hundreds of trees, shrubs and other plants we are rewarded with a peaceful and productive garden. Dragons Rest is biodiversity at work, there's life from the soil to the treetops.
Constantly changing with the seasons, Spring highlights are poppies, larkspurs and fancy bearded iris. Bearded dragon lizards come out of their hiding places to breed.
Bold and bright cannas, sunflowers and other colourful annuals attract bees and insects to the garden in Summer, when the kitchen garden is in full production.
Ornamental grasses look beautiful in Autumn, then Winter brings sparkling frosty mornings. Honeyeaters and parrots feed on flowering eucalypts and eremophilas (Emu bushes). There's always something flowering.
A stroll through our award-winning garden will leave you relaxed, amused by unusual artworks, and maybe surprised at what you see.
Generous pathways in most of the garden allow easy access for wheelchairs and walkers.
Coaches are welcome by appointment.
An urn is available for groups who wish to BYO refreshments.
Cannas and bearded iris are for sale.
Admission is $5 per person.
School-age children are free but must be supervised by an Adult.
Sorry, no pets in the garden and no smoking.
Open most days, from 9am - 6pm
Brian & Barbara Parry
11 Watkins Road (via Fowlers Road), Peterborough, SA 5422
Phone (08) 8651 2812 - (lunchtimes or evenings)
Through the Seasons at Dragons Rest
What Plants will survive in Peterborough? (Web Page)
What Plants will survive in Peterborough? (PDF- Download or Print)
How to make compost (Video Clip)