About SG Concepts Gardens & Lodge

the Gardens

In 1981 the 20 acre property was for the most part cleared grazing country, except for a few remnant 300 year old red gums.

What attracted us to it were the many scenic views it had on different levels. The wetland, creek, and site provision for a lake.

The name Amaroo, is a N.S.W. aboriginal name meaning a nice place.

It had power and a garage converted for temporary living by the previous owners, which were used for a further 16 years prior to building the rammed earth house in 1997. One of the first tasks was to get rid of the blackberries out of the creek line. Water could be heard, but could not be seen. A central channel had been cut through the wetland to drain it for increased drainage for grazing. Work began in returning it to a more natural state, including a number of pools and waterfalls.

The lake was put in with two islands, to protect birds from cats and foxes. The jetty and bridge were then included. A small quarry, the stone of which was used to build the house across the road, was then cleared of much farm rubbish, and made into a fern grotto.

The garden, starting from a basic plan, has evolved over the years. Deciduous trees have been used for their Autumn colour and fire protection around the house and buildings. The remaining areas have been planted up with natives, for less watering, hardiness, and to encourage bird life to return. On average, a new species of bird not seen before is spotted each year. There are many agapanthus around the buildings. Again, they are tough, hardy, and form an excellent fire break.

It was the interest in water gardening and difficulty in obtaining plants locally that led to the opening of a specialist nursery in 1989.

Thus the “SG Concepts Gardens” was born. We have increasing numbers of visitors to the gardens and museum of old tool and implements of the land.back to bookmarkssection divider

the Lodge

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The dream was to have a house overlooking a lake. It had to be different than the norm. It needed to be rustic, earthy, with a natural feel and a character which harmonised with the garden.

The many interesting architectural windows, doors, large beams and posts were collected over a period of eighteen years from demolition sites, salvage yards, antique shops, Trash and Treasure markets, even rubbish tips.

Jeremy Keyte of “Adze Character” was hired to make the dream a reality. Jerry was the obvious choice to assist, as he was in total empathy with what was wanted. All his works project a heart, body and soul about them.

The house was designed around what had been collected. Room sizes were dictated by the lengths of the beams available.

Rammed earth was the material of choice for the walls. Ian Collett of “Stablized Earth Adelaide” was contracted to do the work. The earth was trucked in, mixed with 5% of white cement, and rammed into form work. It took just three guys, a week and a half to construct.back to bookmarkssection divider

the historical pieces used in the Lodge's construction

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Large Gothic window in the lounge area – This came from Townsend House, Brighton (an institution for the deaf and blind, which was founded in 1876). An entrance panel of the same design, was used as a bed head.

Six Bevel glass, leadlight doors in the lounge area – They originally came from The Hindmarsh Town Hall Theatre called the “STAR THEATRE” which was opened in 1936. They are of an Art Deco style. Two were purchased from an antique shop at Strathalbyn in 1984. About 8 years later, similar doors were found in another antique shop in Adelaide. So these doors have been reunited under the one roof, after many years apart.

Two main interior posts came from the original Port Adelaide wharf (they are over 100 years old).

Large Kaurie pine ceiling beams in the kitchen/dining area came from The Wool Sheds at Gillman.

Red Cedar Gothic style cabinet doors used in the lounge area came from a Church pulpit. They were found on a rubbish tip with obvious white ant damage on most of the six panels. Enough wood was salvaged to make up four cabinet doors.back to bookmarks