Open gardens have been a feature in Burra for many years, which after a small hiatus, was brought back to life by Lis Jones-Ingman in 2012 and run under the umbrella of the Burra Gallery. In 2015 The Burra Districts Open Gardens Group became an independent working group with Helen Carmody as coordinator securing a grant from Goyder Council enabling the purchase of banners, brochures, the production of a website as well as a concerted PR campaign. There already was an active Facebook page, but the funding enabled Open Gardens to secure branding as an event in its own right. The grant was auspicious in creating a strong dynamic, which along with the focused brand helped to create a level of excitement over the weekend, seeing Burra cafes filled to capacity, a boon for businesses with so many satisfied garden lovers touring the district.
Our aim is to establish Open gardens as a permanent fixture on SA’s tourism calendar
Open Gardens has grown to embrace the region, and is no longer about one town, but is proud to represent the district as a whole. Last year saw us develop a successful formula for running the event which we intend to draw on and develop over a period of years to establish a niche tourism event for Goyder with a sustainable base. Our climate is a huge selling point, gardens in our region cannot be tempted by the fussy, and so we grow a variety of plants which are in high demand by gardeners. We can afford to showcase this evolved way of planting, offering visitors a first hand look at successful gardens working with their environment, the watchword these days in times that require the careful husbanding of water.
We plan to create packages which will encourage visitors to stay for the weekend, spend time in the region exploring the wonderful scenery we have on offer.
Burra Visitor Information Centre,2 Market Square, Burra
Coordinators- Open Gardens- Felicity Kent PH: 0499990685 Marg Heath PH: 0448392801 email - firstname.lastname@example.org