Saturday 26th October, 10.30–12.00
Kate’s Place in St Helena
Book via TryBooking until 5pm on the Friday 25th October.
Visit Kate’s magical quarter-acre garden in St Helena.
Edna Walling design and permaculture have been Kate’s dream forever, becoming a reality with the arrival of ducks to her large, suburban block in 2010. The garden is a mix of fruit and shade trees, veg, roses, herbs, chooks and ducks. The Eastern garden is her ornamental indulgence. She has a passion (obsession) for trees, birds, wildlife, and Art.
For a sneak peek – https://www.instagram.com/katemccredieart/
Some garden images and captions from Nicole:
Despite the wind, our time at Kate’s was lovely. It made me think of the words of artist, designer, thinker William Morris who created a golden rule saying: “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” We could easily say that Kate is achieving this at her place. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience too and NERP are very grateful that she opened her garden and gave us a tour.
Front garden. Roses, herbs, irises and plenty of bee fodder! I have buckets of water everywhere for the wild birds, and my ducks when I have them out there. Also handy to water my pot plants.
Deep red leaves of the Cersis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy,’ and silver foliage of Eremophila nivea – a gorgeous West Australian native I can’t recommend highly enough. Lovely purple flowers, beloved by blue-banded bees! Kate pointed out how lovely it feels too. An unusually soft native.
Front garden looking North. Roses, herbs, and loads of bee food, including soursob and white clover, which are nitrogen-fixing and SO good for the garden!
Front garden. A newly constructed trellis for espaliering some citrus (currently hiding in the nasturtiums). Taking advantage of the thermal mass of the brick wall.
White lavender with peppermint and frankincense scented geraniums.
Front garden looking East towards the Ioensis plena, crabapple, and the still-naked jacaranda. Roses, poppies, salvias, and the pink wisteria tree in the top right corner, which is a type of robinia that is also nitrogen-fixing and great for the soil.
Japanese maples and tree ferns in the Eastern garden with duck pool underneath.
The Eastern garden is a haven of shade trees. A beautiful, cool, peaceful hideaway.
The October Glory maple in the Eastern garden. I think we might have to come back in Autumn Kate!
The backyard or Western garden – fruit trees, free range chooks, and ducks. I didn’t get many decent shots of the numerous fruit trees back here… but there are many and they all looked very healthy.
Blue trumpet flowers of the Iochroma australis, a type of Brugmansia, thriving in the south-west corner of the garden.
Happy hen house.