The Olives is a formal European garden carved out of farmland on the outskirts of Yankalilla. Significant earthmoving led to the establishment of various levels defined by stonework by local stonemason Tiger McMillan. It is repeated throughout the garden in retaining walls, the pond edging, pool paving and also features in the quaint potting shed and raised circular herb bed.
First planted were the major deciduous trees, selected for their autumnal show of russet, red and golden leaves. Paths lined with roses, geraniums and agapanthus lead from the drive to the circular pond and surrounding garden. Naturalised daffodils and jonquils add colour in winter and spring.
A bank of red and white geraniums makes a stunning backdrop to the pond which is on a lower level and is reached via an impressive flight of stone steps. A small landing provides a viewing platform over the water to the contemporary sculpture centred among waterlilies in the pond.