Sunday, May 27, 2018

Littlewood Agapanthus Farm Garden Party!




Hi guys! Recently I had the pleasure of attending a delightful Garden Party at Littlewood Agapanthus Farm, located at Littlehampton in the Adelaide Hills. In April last year, new owners John and Tracey Koumi took over the Farm, together with Tracey's son Sam and his wife Jenna. Their passion for the beauty of the gardens is evident, and they've really breathed new life into South Australia's largest Agapanthus Farm. Having explored the farm in an informative walking tour and relaxed in the surrounds for an afternoon, I can say this is a stunningly picturesque location that would be perfect for fully-catered events, weddings and functions. There are lakes, birdhouses, garden seats and quaint walking paths, not to mention 100,000 agapanthus plants across 60 gorgeous acres!







On arrival, we were offered a glass of champagne, and honestly, who am I to say no? Despite it being a chilly day, my mortal enemies the rain and wind stayed away, setting us up for a highly enjoyable afternoon. There were heat lamps dotted about, providing some cosy spots to chat and socialise. Fairy lights added to the charm, and the wine barrels were the perfect touch on a lush green hilltop. Under cover, there were chairs and tables with pretty floral vases, a bar, a live band (yassss!) and a large table with an impressive gourmet spread to delight the eyes and the tastebuds!








Let's talk food! The catering was provided by Sticks & Stone Events, and it was outstanding. On the main grazing table were a selection of nuts, olives, crackers, crispbreads and a delicious array of gourmet cheeses. Perfect for a cheese lover like me! There were also platters of deli meats (so yummy!) and a colourful display of healthy fresh fruits. The pineapple, oh my! Throughout the day, waiters brought around Sliders (I missed out, but hubby nabbed one) and the yummiest crispy Pizza pieces, with a variety of different toppings. Such friendly and courteous staff too, they were an absolute pleasure.







The beverages were delicious too. I sampled nearly every drink variety (purely for you guys of course, I knew I'd be writing this!) and I was not disappointed. I'm going to put them in preference order for you, from knock-your-socks-off delish to still-pretty-yummy. The Limoncello Cocktail is first, because of its impeccable flavour combination plus bonus points for being highly photogenic. Then the Rose because it was fruity, pink and pretty, followed by the Champagne because bubbly is such a special occasion drink so it was apt. Finally, the White wine, which was still pretty yummy, as mentioned above, because something had to come last, that's how lists work! I didn't try the Red wine despite loving it, because I didn't want my teeth to get discoloured {#truthbomb}. There was also plenty of lemon water available which hubby informed me was refreshing, lol.




'Agapanthus', also known as the African Lily, comes from the Greek words for love (agape) and flower (anthos). These pretty babies thrive in South Australia's climate and can even survive in extreme conditions. If you have a dog that has a daily three hour nap on your agapanthus, said agapanthus may be heard defiantly stating "Is that all you've got?!". These plants produce purple and white flowers in Spring and Summer, but happily show off vibrant green leaves all year round. Littlewood boasts 12 varieties of Agapanthus, including the Guilfoyle, Dutch Blue Giant, Perpetual Peace and the common Standard Praecox Orientalis. As well as being ideal for catered events, weddings or picnics with friends, Littlewood continue to run the Nursery where you can buy your own Agapanthus plants!






Our parting gift was a super-cute Miniature Blue Agapanthus (see photo below) which I gave to my Dad for babysitting our son all afternoon. He loves plants and definitely has a green thumb. Despite the agapanthus being notoriously impossible to kill, I still trust Dad with my 'lil aggie-baby more than I do myself! We had such a fabulous time and will definitely be returning when the flowers are blooming! 





You can visit Littlewood Agapanthus Farm at 69 Easlea Road, Littlehampton, SA.
Open Friday - Monday 10am-4pm, with other times by appointment.

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91 comments:

  1. What a stunning place to be, this agapanthus farm looks so beautiful!

    Amy | Her Quarters

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    1. Yes, it sure was beautiful, so glad we could spend time there Amy!

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  2. What an amazing venue! I love agapnathus, especially as they seem immune to me killing them!

    Your photos of the gourmet spread look so good and have made me hungry!

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    1. Thanks Ingrid! Yes the venue was delightful, the grounds are so pretty :)

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  3. Looks like a beautiful place and I love those green rolling hills - oh and the champagne - I would have loved that too. Going to put Littlewood Agapanthus Farm Garden on my list for things to do when we visit Adelaide :)

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    1. Fantastic Jo, you won't be disappointed! :)

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  4. Oh man, all of those food pics look INCREDIBLE! Who doesn't love a graving table? The Limoncello cocktail sounds like my kind of thing, will definitely need to check this out when I'm in Adelaide next!

    Ash / The Beauty Collection

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    1. The cocktails and food were so good Ash! The grazing table was pretty impressive!

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  5. Well my stomach just growled! Looks like an amazing afternoon :)
    Ebony x

    www.theblackandwhiteguide.com

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  6. Looks like such an amazing day!!

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  7. This seems like a lovely place! I wish I lived close to somewhere like this, it seems like it would be perfect for a long walk on a sunny day x

    Velvet Blush

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    1. Yes it would be perfect for a weekend walk! x

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  8. That food spread....wow & yuuuuuuuuum! The cocktails looked good too. I don't think I've seen a real agapanthus in person, but I have seen the fake flower variety before & they are pretty. I might have to consider getting a real one if they're easy to maintain. (I'm not the greenest of thumbs, but at least I haven't killed the rosemary & thyme I have growing in my backyard atm.)

    Shell // The Novice Life

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    1. Yes they are reportedly very hard to kill! Ooh the rosemary and thyme would be great for cooking :)

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  9. This looks so beautiful. Between the drinks, the nibbles, the music and the view - this is what life is all about.

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    1. Exactly! Enjoying time together in a beautiful setting made me realise how lucky I am! :)

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  10. The atmosphere looks stunning! I love a great glass of rose'

    Rochelle || www.simplesocialsister.com

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    1. It's pretty and yummy at the same time. Win Win!

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  11. It looks like you had a great day and the drinks look so yummy!

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  12. This looks like such a nice place.
    How I wish to be out on one like this!

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    1. Yes, such a lovely place, it was great to experience it!

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  13. Good food, good company and beautiful view! I bet you really had fun! Would love to go there one day!

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    1. It's an amazing place and we had the best time! You'd love it :)

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  14. It would be fun to go each year and see how their gardens and landscaping develop over time.
    Thanks for linking up at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2018/05/check-our-catbirds.htmlt

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    1. That's a great idea, I hadn't even thought of that!

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  15. The cocktails sound amazing! I wouldn’t trust myself to keep any plant alive, I’ve gone through a number of poor orchids, although I’ve got two cacti hanging in there.

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    1. Go the cacti! Yes I've got a fake plant by the front door because I'm not that great at the real thing either, lol.

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  16. Oh wow, what a gorgeous garden party. I would just love to sip on one of those cocktails. I wish I could grow plants!

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    1. The cocktail was delicious and I can say I've been to a garden party now, haha!

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  17. So many foods :) yummy food :) haha awesome environment. looks like you had an awesome time there. thank you for sharing your experience

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  18. What a beautiful place and setup, absolutely loving the vibes here. The drinks look delicious.

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    1. Beautiful vibes all afternoon, I can't wait to go back!

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  19. I would absolutely love to spend the day here! That fruit platter looked so appealing I could almost taste it! Looks like you had a great day.

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    1. The fruit platter was amazing! I kept going back for the pineapple pieces :)

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  20. Oh wow this looks like such an amazing day! I want to go now!

    Laura || www.thelifeoflaura.com.au xx

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    1. Hehe, you'd love it there Laura! Great place for weddings too ;D

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  21. My dog sleeps on top of our agapanthus in the backyard - what’s with that?! Sounds like you had a fantastic day, looks superb! #teamIBOT

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    1. Haha is that really a thing? I just made it up as a joke LOL!

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  22. Such a beautiful place full of scenery and entertainment! I am a cheese love as well so I would love it there!

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    1. Cheese is one of the best things ever invented!

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  23. Catered events are the best! I can't eat any of those foods so I did scroll rather quickly...lol. I had no idea there was a farm for agapanthus! I love them as when they begin to flower I know Christmas and Summer is not far off. Lovely plants!

    Thank you for joining in for #lifethisweek.
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  24. The grounds are really gorgeous, and the spread! I would go for all the delicious food and drinks, hehe! ;)

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    Annie

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    1. Everything was wonderful, I can't fault anything. Such a lovely day!

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  25. Wow, sounds delightful. And that spread wasn't bad either was it? I love hearing about these types of functions!

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  26. OMG! Champagne and that gorgeous scenery equals the perfect day!

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  27. What a beautiful view to have an event! The food also looks so delicious!

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  28. Am feeling jealous! This is my kind-of-event, very relaxing, sipping vino and enjoying foods with friends, and gorgeous garden.

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    1. Haha, yes it certainly was a very enjoyable event Blair!

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  29. Your post brought back some fond memories of my trip to Adelaide a few years ago. Love the pics of all the foodstuff.

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  30. Love me a good garden party! and look at that spread, amazing fruit selection!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  31. Wow these are truly fresh fruits from the farm!!! Such a fun place to have a party and those drinks look really delishhh!

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  32. Firstly, thankyou for your tireless and selfless devotion to your blog & readers in order to sample all of those tasties - it looked difficult indeed. Secondly, I've never heard of an agapanthus farm...and now I have. #TeamLovinLife

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    1. It was a tough job but someone had to do it Jo. LOL!

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  33. Lovin the look of all those pink drinks! And the fruit platters. Match made in heaven

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  34. That food looked amazing (and would have helped you balance out the drinks that made it into the other photos!) Loved the little agapanthus and nice to know it's going to a good home. I think agapanthus is the only plant I can't kill (or maim).

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    1. Haha yes indeed. I can't wait to visit my Dad and check up on my little agapanthus!

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  35. This place so cute and quaint. I'd love to taste all of that wine too!

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    1. Yes, such a lovely farm, so happy we got to spend a day there!

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  36. Looks like you had a fabulous day. Limoncello cocktails and all that yummy food! The Adelaide Hills are such a beautiful location for such and event. #TeamLovinLife

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    1. Yes, it's amazing what beauty lies in your own backyard. Makes me want to explore my area more!

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  37. The parting gift looked lovely. But honestly the whole thing looked pretty amazing. I would love the gardens. But the drinks with the fruits, nuts and cheese . . delicious. And in such a perfect setting.

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    1. Yes, the whole thing blew me away. Such a lovely place!

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  38. Beautiful photographs! What a gorgeous place! The food looks amazing and the drinks and on top of all that - I adore agapanthus - they're hardy and when they flower - just beautiful! Shame Adelaide is so far from Brisbane! Pooh! #TeamLovinLife

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    1. Thanks Min! I can't wait to see when it flowers, exciting!

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  39. Farms are fun especially when they have alcohol! What a great place to spend an afternoon!!

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  40. Oh what a fun day out! The gardens look beautiful but I have to say I think the food is the best bit! :)

    Hope that you are having a great weekend! It's a busy but fun one here.

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Thanks Mica, I'm having a lovely relaxing weekend. Yes it was such a fun day out!

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  41. The farm looks so amazing with the gorgeous and entertaining setup. It seems you had a great time. The drinks look refreshing too :)

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  42. Looks like a great spot, like you said it would be beautiful for weddings. The food and beverages looked amazing!

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    1. Yes absolutely beautiful location for weddings, it would make the day extra special :)

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  43. I bet it was a wonderful event. The place looks beautiful and the photos are gorgeous!

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  44. What a fabulous garden party and that spread looks fantastic too. I'd probably be munching around the cheese and nuts board for most of the party. Oh and that Limoncello Cocktail..I'll take one of those too.

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