Susan and Bill's Garden, Glen Alvie
A bountiful walled edible garden on a rambling rural property
Veggies 🥦 Berries 🍓 Fruits 🍋
Meet the gardeners and their garden
The beautiful front garden, replete with ornamentals including towering Pride of Madeira shrubs, gives the game away – this is a real gardener’s garden! Susan is the main home gardener, while Bill handles the heavy work of composting, building garden fences and threshing fields and weeds. They have been at their property, Sage Cottage, for about 15 years and have overseen improvements including a ‘yacht shed’ and deck where they can sit to enjoy views of the lake when they need a break from gardening!
Come to see, learn and be inspired!
The vegetable garden is walled, and also netted when required, to guard against pests including rabbits, possums, foxes and bushrats
Admire the huge, custom-ordered steel vegetable beds that produce a bounty of food for the family and their friends
Ask Susan about her approach to watering and composting; most watering is done using a hand-held hose with water from the dam
Espaliering fruit trees makes it much easier to net them; fruit trees include plums, pears, apricots, apples, nectarines, avocado, figs and olives, plus berries including blackcurrant, strawberries and raspberries
See if you can find the olive grove and discover whether pumpkins are flourishing on top of a large compost mound
You are welcome to BYO picnic and enjoy some lovely shady spots including views of the lake
Parking and accessibility
Cars should drive up the gravel driveway, turn left and park on the paddocks just past the vegetable garden. While the vegetable garden is fenced and flat, this is a large rural property and some sections may be steep and/or slippery. Snakes may be present. Please be aware that caution is needed if you approach the unfenced lake/dam.
213 Kongwak Road, Glen Alvie (on the left of the road if driving from Kongwak towards Glen Alvie)