Extensive gardens surround the main house – these botanic gardens have been developed considerably over the past few years. A wide range of European trees add variety to the grey, green colours of the natives.
We are fortunate that the clay/loam soils are quite fertile such that most plants will grow with minimal assistance from fertilizers.
Being perfectly situated on a high ridge overlooking adjacent apple orchards and the Onkaparinga Valley the property affords splendid views over the surrounding countryside. The picture above shows the view over neighbouring apple orchards and dams with Mt Barker in the distance.
Our main cherry varieties are Stella, after which the property is named, Lapin, Summit, Simone, Sam, Bing, Vic, Van, Dame Roma and Vega (a white fleshed variety). In all we have about 20 varieties ranging from early ones such as Australise, Moss Early and Vista through to latish Dame Roma and Black Douglas. Colours range from dark, almost black, Sam and Ron’s Seedling through to mahogany red and light red.