Stangate House Open Garden Day


Please note: this garden will open on Sunday only, ie Anzac Day (with the support of the Stirling RSL) 

This garden will open under a covid safe plan. Please allow suitable distancing and follow health etiquette. Please check back prior to the weekend opening in case there has been any change in Health Department regulations.


A spectacular display of autumn leaves is a feature of Stangate Garden, an historic property developed in the 1940s by the Rev Raymond Cornish and his wife Gwyneth as their retirement project. With the help of Elsie Cornish, a well-known Adelaide garden designer, they laid out the 4.5 acre garden in a romantic woodland style with a series of lawn terraces either side of the Aldgate creek. They were followers of the English arts and crafts movement which embraced a simple country lifestyle and love of nature.  Elsie was influenced by the English artist and garden designer Gertrude Jekyll. The property was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1970 and the garden has since been cared for by a team of volunteers.

Covering 4.5 acres, the garden contains a wonderful collection of mature ornamental trees, planted in the 1940s including oaks, beeches, tilias, maples, elms, liquidambar and dogwoods, which offer stunning color every April. The garden is well-known for its extensive collection of around 700 camellias, planted and cared for by the Camellia Society of SA over the past 40 years. In 2012, it was awarded the distinction of being a camellia garden of international significance, one of only three in Australia.

In autumn the lightly perfumed simple blooms of the sasanqua camellias complement the fading blooms of massed hydrangeas which thrive in the dappled shade. Close to the house, a sunny border combines late roses with asters, salvias, daylilies, kiss-me-quick and daisies.

At the bottom of the garden is a magnificent English oak, Quercus robur, which is listed on the National Register of big trees as the equal largest in Australia. Mystery surrounds the planting of this oak but there is no doubt that it is an awe-inspiring specimen and has become a favourite backdrop for weddings and picnics.


Please note: this garden has an unfenced creek – children will need to be carfeully supervised at all times. It also has gravel and steep paths in some areas, so is not suitable for wheelchairs. Parking is available in Aldgate Railway Station, Euston Rd.

Size: 4.5 acres, 1.8 ha

Extra activities: Coffee van and plant sales.

Sunday 25 April 10:00am to 4:30pm

3 Edgeware Road, Aldgate

Cost: General entry to each garden is $8 and $6 for OGSA Members and for those with a Commonwealth Government Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card (not Seniors Cards). Current Season Garden Owners and TAFE Horticultural Tertiary students are also entitled to the $6 concessional entry. Children Under 18 are FREE. These cards must be shown at the gate.