24th March, 2014   2.30pm


Join a tour of the Summerhome house and garden followed by a delicious afternoon tea.

Bookings essential ph 62502270

Cost $25 per person

This is our last tour before Spring.




Henry and Sarah Hopkins sailed from Gravesend on the Heroine on the 17th April in 1822. Almost five months later on the 10th of September they arrived at Hobart in Tasmania on the other side of the world. It had been a difficult passage, bad weather forcing the passengers below deck for three months, some were very seasick. Under these conditions strong friendships were formed with other passengers. George and Martha Clarke remained close friends for life even though the Clarke’s continued on to Sydney and then New Zealand. Four days out of Hobart Sarah gave birth to a son, they called him Henry.

In 1804 Lieutenant Colonel David Colllins chose Sullivans Cove as the location for Tasmania’s first permanent European settlement. The cove had a narrow sandy beach with a rivulet flowing into the north east end. There was also a small island connected to the beach with a sandy spit at low tide. The new settlement was named Hobart Town.

By the time Sarah and Henry  with their new born son arrived at Hobart Town in 1822 the island was connected to the mainland by a causeway. Further reclamation meant that by the mid 1820’s substantial stone warehouses for merchants had been built. These beautiful sandstone buildings can still be seen on Hunter Street, we will point them out to you when you join one of our colonial house and garden tours.
Learn more of this interesting family history on a Summerhome Heritage House and Garden tour in Hobart. Meet Henry and Sarah’s great great great granddaughter as she guides you through her beautiful private house and garden.


The gardeners tour

December 23, 2008

In the center of the garden is this large specimen of Cupressus funebris, commonly called the chinese weeping cypress. Planted trees which are said to be 800 years old grow at Black Dragon Pool Mountain Temple near Kunming, Yunnan, China. It’s conservation status is listed as vulnerable to threatened. Cupressus funebris is generally regarded as […]

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Hobart history tour

December 22, 2008

When I was a child this small back gate led to a very exciting area. The pathway is steep and the cobbles can be slippery when wet so take care when on a house and garden tour. This gate from the cobbled yard leads to what is left of the farmyard. The stable is still […]

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Heritage garden tour

December 21, 2008

Many of our visitors enjoy the tour of the cobbled yard. It’s very sheltered with a tall stone wall on the Southern side. The garden plants which grow against the wall are hardy so they can cope with the heat and dry through the summer. There has always been a lemon tree and a very […]

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A happy discovery

December 19, 2008

This is a beautiful specimen of Cantua buxifolia the sacred flower of the Incas. The flowers are full of nectar and hang pendulously waiting for a hummingbird to pollinate them. Visitors to the garden are quite often intrigued by this unusual shrub. One day in Spring we had visitors coming for a guided tour of […]

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A new direction

December 18, 2008

Over the last two years we have enjoyed visits from several groups of people with an interest in heritage gardens and buildings in Hobart. As we have escorted our visitors on a tour of the garden and through the house it has been very satisfying to hear their glowing comments. They love the old roses […]

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From the lower drive

September 14, 2008

This is a vista of Summerhome which is only available for a short time of the year. Usually from here it is obscured by roses and deciduous shrubs which grow in the middle of the garden. A guided tour of the lower drive this time of the year reveals masses of white blossom and the […]

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Spring blossom

September 14, 2008

We had just enjoyed the first day of Spring. Dusk had settled over the garden when Tiggy came rushing into the kitchen demanding our immediate attention in the cobbled yard. I thought she must want us to admire the moon. As we wandered out into the dark we discovered it was the perfume from the […]

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Autumn 2008

July 10, 2008

The leaves are glowing in the garden as the weather gets colder and the days become shorter. These Golden Delicious apples are small but very sweet to eat. It’s a lovely time of the year, clear blue skies and crisp nights. Some rain would be nice, the ground is incredibly dry. However dry leaves are […]

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