Welcome to the first Open Gardens Magazine of South Africa!
We are very proud to bring you this magazine, which will give readers a guide to the best of the best private gardens in the country, and give you time to plan your trips to see them. We hope you enjoy this magazine as much as we have enjoyed putting it all together.
Get your copy now, and see below for a list of directions to all the beautiful gardens (TBC ).
The Gardener Team
HARCOURTS OPEN GARDENS
21 – 22 October 2017
Neville and Liz Denison, 10 Longwood Mews, 8 Acutt Road, Hilton
Small informal garden on three levels with a variety of beautiful roses and interesting plants.
From the Highway: Take Hilton Offramp (Exit 94) and turn towards the village.
Second Right into Acutt Road, and Longwood Mews is on the left hand side.
From Quarry Centre: Take Hilton Avenue towards the Highway.
Turn left at Shell Garage into Acutt Road.
Longwood Mews is on the left hand side.
21, 22, 28, 29 October 2017
Scott and Barbara Rogers, 44 Groenekloof Road, Hilton
A tranquil, cool and park-like garden with many trees and shrubs. Dogwoods, flowering cherries, Japanese maples, liquid ambers to name a few of the trees. This garden has been developed over the last 16 years and is a labour of love.
Charity: Staffordshire Terrier Rescue
From the N3, take the Hilton off-ramp, exit 94. At the T-junction turn towards the village. Drive along Hilton Avenue until you pass the Shell Garage on your right, go over the railway bridge. Turn right into Winstead Avenue. 50m to the T-Junction, turn right into Groenekloof Road and down to number 44.
4 – 5 November 2017
The Reekie Family, Willow Farm, No 22, D494, Hilton
A large, old, established garden with spectacular views in a hidden valley just a few kilometres from Hilton. Pesticide free, with mostly informal planting that combines indigenous, thorn trees and English garden favourites. The garden also has a range of heritage roses. The geese and dogs have free range, as do the warthog, porcupine and a wide variety of birds. Light refreshments will be served. Be careful of some steps and uneven surfaces. Please drive slowly: horses and children riding.
Charity: The Coastal Horse Care Unit
From Hilton, follow the Hilton College road for approximately 3.5km. Turn right onto the D494 (gravel) and follow the road all the way to the end (approximately 5km), down into the valley.
Keep right at the slight fork in the road (after the small bridge) and drive past the paddocks to the property’s gate. Follow the drive up to the house where parking is available.
If it rains (or has rained), a 4×4 vehicle will be required. Please check the sign before proceeding.
4 – 5 November 2017
Sally Morning, Wyvis, 6 Vlei Road, Entrance in First Lane, Hilton
A work in progress! Looking across to St Anne’s school, a country-style garden, only three years old, being developed around older shrubs and mature trees that were ‘liberated’ after much clearing of years of overgrowth and carpets of jasmine. Now a mixture of planting with over 100 roses, many of them David Austin’s English roses and Heritage roses, and old-fashioned cottage favourites and perennials. Refreshments will be supplied by the SA Legion.
Charity: SA Legion
From Pietermaritzburg on the N3, take Hilton off-ramp (exit 94), turn left and travel through Hilton village to the second set of traffic lights at crossroad intersection. Turn right into Cedara Road, first right into Vlei Road and then first left into First Lane. Alternatively, from Pietermaritzburg, drive up Old Howick Road. At the traffic lights (Old Main Brewery on your left) continue straight, Vlei Road is on your right.
2 – 3 December 2017
Jenny Hoepfl, Chorley, 1 Dennis Shepstone Drive, Hilton
Two acres of sunny, large herbaceous beds. Indigenous mixed with exotic and all designed to make a colourful show in spring and summer. Crystal Springs warm compost will be on sale.
Charity: SPCA and the gardener.
From the N3, take the Hilton (Exit 94) turn off, turn towards the village. Pass through two robots, travel 1.3km, you will find it on the left at the top of the hill.
16-17 September 2017
Angela Wolf, River Goose Estate, 14 Fyvie Road, Howick
This is a well-established garden with wide expanses of lawn and lovely tall flowering shrubs. A new feature, a beautiful vegetable garden, has been planted up for the Open Gardens event. You can look forward to experiencing the abundance of a modern food garden alongside the picking rose garden. From kiwis to grape vines to gooseberries to artichokes, broccoli and salad greens, you are sure to be inspired!
Lemon juice will be served in the veggie garden on your arrival. Children will enjoy climbing onto the beautifully restored old red farm tractor or running around in the fenced garden spaces. There is no fence around the pool or the ponds in the main garden, so please take special care of your children.
Travelling from Pietermaritzburg on the N3, take the Howick/Midmar turn-off. Turn right towards Howick, go under the railway bridge to a set of traffic lights where you will notice a cemetery on your left. Turn left here and travel to the end of this road. Hayfields is to be found within River Goose Estate. Please register your names at security. Take the first gravel road to the left and find a parking spot on the field close to our gate.
18 – 19 October 2017
Freeme: 1 Karkloof Road, Howick
Over 1 hectare of indigenous gardens incorporating a wildfire rehabilitation facility, aloe garden and water feature.
Charity: Freeme is a registered NPO and the proceeds will all go to the organisation
Directions: We are situated just outside Howick on the Karkloof Road. As you drive along the main road in Howick, turn up the road at the Supa Quick, onto the Karkloof Road. Travel up this road until you come to the entrance to Umgeni Valley and Amber Valley, and turn right as if you were going into Umgeni Valley. At the entrance to Umgeni Valley take the road to the left, go through the Amber Valley boom gate – the Freeme premises are about 1km up the road.
18 – 19 November
Owen and Cheryl Davies, 30 Currys Post Road, Howick
A large garden with a large variety of plants on many levels with water features and sculptures by the artist Llewellyn.
From the N3 take Exit 107. If you are coming from Pietermaritzburg turn right at the intersection and cross back over the highway. If coming from JHB turn left at the intersection. Continue up the road until the 2nd robot at the Currys Post Road and turn left. Go 900m up the Currys Post road – the garden is behind big green gates and a high white wall, next door to Protea Gardens.
16 – 17 September
Eileen Stuart – Waterford Hall and Garden, off the Karkloof Road
New additions to the garden have been made since the last open gardens. An old garden with large trees and shrubs, it contains formal terraces overlooking two dams and was inspired by the Italian Lades Gardens. It offers a mixture of soft rose and perennial planting offset by interesting garden ornaments and outdoor buildings.
Charity: Freeme in Howick
Directions: Take the Howick North/Tweedie off ramp, travel into Howick. At the 4th traffic light turn left (at the Supa Quick), taking the Karkloof Road. Travel past both the Amber Valley and Amber Ridge entrances. After passing a large dam on your left, take the next road to the left, it is marked ‘Waterford Hall’ (opposite La Petite France). It is the 3rd turning to the left, after the Ambers.
16 – 17 September 2017
Glen and Liz Boyd, Karkloof Road
Large, informal garden set against the backdrop of the indigenous forest. There are hundreds of clivias planted under the trees, which make a beautiful show in spring. It is an old, well-established garden.
Charity: SPCA Howick
From Howick take the Rietvlei/Karkloof road past the Ambers. Travel for 17km and turn left at the sign to Karkloof canopy tours. Take the first entrance to the right, Ben Eden Farm.
23 September – 9 October 2017 (7 days a week)
John and Jenny Robinson, Benvie, Karkloof
This 30-hectare garden is a magnificent tribute to John Geekie, who planted it 125 years ago, and has been lovingly maintained by his family ever since. Conifers, azaleas, azalea mollis and rhodendrons abound, while the trees and shrubs, sourced world-wide, are spectacular. The birdlife is noteworthy. This garden warrants a full day’s visit, and picnics are allowed. Bring sensible walking shoes as there is a beautiful pathway around the garden.
Tickets: R50 per person (children under 12 free)
THURSDAYS over open garden ONLY will be Pensioners Day at R30 per person.
Please Note: The Harcourts R50 ticket will not apply to Benvie
Time: 09:00-16:00, daily
Leave the N3 at either the Midmar offramp or Tweedie/Howick North offramp – both roads lead into Howick. Travel through Howick on Main Street and turn off at the Rietvlei/Karkloof Road (Supa Quik). From this point it is 35km to Benvie. Just outside Howick you will pass the Ambers – continue on this tar road (which eventually becomes gravel). Your next landmark will be Mbona gate, on the right hand side. Carry straight on as you wind up a hill. Look for the 32km stone road, then turn right onto the New Hanover/York road, which is signposted. Travel downhill for 3km and turn left onto D583. Benvie is signposted and is 200m further on.
28–29 October 2017
William Shaw, Braco Farm, Karkloof
The Braco farm garden was started in 1905 by Camilla Shaw. In 1974, Yvonne Shaw (her daughter-in-law) developed the garden, and over the decades it has expanded and now covers 12 acres. It is enhanced by the stunning backdrop of the indigenous Karkloof bush and Grey Mare’s Tail. It is bounded by two small streams, park-like, with tall trees and massive lawns, and is planted with over 400 camellia trees of 40 different varieties, as well as hydrangeas, azaleas and clivias. The garden is presently maintained by her son, William.
Charity: St Luke’s Church, Shafton, Karkloof
Travel to the end of the tar along the Karkloof Road. After 3km on the dirt you will see the turn off to Braco on the left hand side.
16, 17 and 30 September, 1, 14, 15, 28 and 29 October 2017
Eddie and Lyn Lion-Cachet, Rosslands, Caversham Road (P133), Balgowan
Parts of this loved garden are mature with lovely roses and trees, and spring starts with crab apples, snowdrops, violets and pansies. Middle October brings foxgloves, roses, blue bells and seedlings into flower. The garden will host a tea garden and is partly wheelchair friendly, with a level garden.
Charity: St Mathews Lidgetton Building Fund
On the N3 proceeding from Pietermaritzburg, take the Tweedie/Howick North offramp. Turn left at the stop street. At the next stop street, turn right onto R103. Pass Piggly Wiggly and take the next road right, Caversham Road. 4km further on the left hand side is Rosslands.
14 – 15 October 2017
Sharon Butler and Marilyn Northmore, Arrowfield, Corner R103 and Caversham Road (1km after Piggly Wiggly), Balgowan
This is an English-type garden that is well established. There are stone walls, moss-covered pathways and a lovely water feature. There are a variety of roses, azaleas, viburnums, cherry blossoms and annuals. To add to this are also an abundance of containers and hanging baskets. Informal-type design.
Charity: Howick Hospice and Staff
Coming on the N3 from Pietermaritzburg: Take the Howick North/Tweedie offramp (Exit 107). Turn left into Main Street (R107), following the Tweedie sign. At the T-Junction turn right onto the R102 (Lions River sign). Continue on that road until you pass the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Lions River and then Piggly Wiggly on your left. Keep going for 1km. Arrowfield is on the corner of the R103 and the Caversham Road.
4–5 November, 2–3 December 2017
Yvonne Thompson, Caversham Hall, D133, Balgowan
Large, rambling garden with water features and large trees, including seven jacaranda trees. There is a lily pond of 300 square metres, and a dam in front of the house. The garden was terraced in stone by Italian prisoners of war. There will be tea and cake for visitors.
Charity: Balgowan Conservancy
From the N3, take the Balgowan/Boschoek offramp. It is 7km on the DR133 from the offramp. Or, coming from PMB, take the Howick/Tweedie offramp, turn left at T-ujnction onto R107 and then right onto the R103. Continue along the R103, passing Lions River, Piggly Wiggly and Lidgetton, then turn right onto the D182 and follow signage for La Lampara Restaurant – Caversham Hall is directly opposite.
4, 5, 11 and 12 November 2017
Michaelhouse School, Balgowan
Michaelhouse, a proudly South African School with over 100 years of history, nestles in the Balgowan valley flanked by green hills and mist-belt grassland. The legacy of history and beauty is reflected in the gardens, which have evolved over generations of ideas and fashions and complement the historical red brick buildings, which include the formality and structure of the Herbert Baker Chapel.
From the blousy white icebergs at the front of the school, and the standard roses underplanted with foxgloves and delphiniums at the Old Main Gates, to the iconic 80-year-old topiary privets in the Main Quad, the buildings and gardens work together to create a harmonious whole. But we cannot forget that this is a school, and a home to over 500 boys at that, so as well as being elegant it has to be robust and resilient.
The landscaping is formally divided by the quadrangles, which are the architectural footprint of the school, each quad garden having its own unique identity and beauty. Wander through terraced front-of-school gardens, the formal Main Quad that will lead you through to the indigenous aloed Pennington Quad; make your way across Usher Quad with its spectacular Erythrina crista-galli tree that could be blazing with red flowers and sunbirds.
Perhaps you will lose yourself in the contemplative rose garden, with its fragrant, crimson Michaelhouse rose. Feast your eyes on the spectacular view as you look over the Old Main Gates and railway line onto a quintessential KwaZulu-Natal Midlands vista. The gardens are ably maintained and cared for by capable, dedicated gardeners, supervised by the Head Gardener, Elton.
Coffee and tea are available at the coffee shop, where there will be a collection box for charity.
Charity: Khazimula Children’s Home
From Pietermaritzburg, take the N3 West (towards JHB). Take exit 107 (Howick North/Tweedie). At the top of the offramp, turn left. At the T-junction turn right onto the R103, signposted Lions River/Balgowan/ Nottingham Road. Travel approximately 18km on the R103. At the Michaelhouse sign, turn left over the railway bridge.
4, 5, 11 and 12 November 2017
Jan and Val Jefferiss, Inkwazi Farm, Balgowan
As you wander through this magnificent garden with its subtle blend of exotic and indigenous flora with trees, shrubs and flowers juxtaposed in relaxed and informal harmony, it is hard to believe that just ten years ago you would be walking on a field of kikuyu grass. Nestled between green valleys and mountains it has, for its focal point, a magnificent ornamental dam where white-faced and yellow-billed ducks, cormorants and herons and a variety of other birds have made a sanctuary for themselves. Strolling round the property you too are soon immersed in the serenity of your surroundings. There is an Imbiza Designs factory shop on the farm where beautiful hand-crafted pots and ornamentals are on sale.
Charity: SPCA Mooi River
From Pietermaritzburg take the N3 towards Howick. Take the Howick/Tweedie turnoff (exit 107) and turn left toward Tweedie. At the stop street turn right onto the R103 towards Nottingham Road. After 25km you come to Balgowan. The entrance to Inkwazi is exactly 1,4km northwards past the entrance to Michaelhouse School. Still on the R103, you will see the white gatepost of Inkwazi Farm on your left. The property is wheelchair-friendly with plenty of parking space available.
16, 17 and 30 September, 1 October
James and Tessa Change, Endebeni Forest, Lidgetton Valley
A 70-acre garden that includes an 11-hole, six-green mashie golf course. A traditional British Park garden with an abundance of azaleas, rhododendrons, dogwoods, mollis, snowflakes, bluebells, magnolias, Chinese and Japanese maples, pin oaks, flowering cherries, irises, viburnums, berberis, abelias, water lilies, hydrangeas, copper beaches, pride of Indias, liquid ambers, swamp cypresses and calico bushes.
Please bring your own picnic and picnic blankets.
Charity: Khazimula Children’s Home
Please note the Harcourts R50 ticket will not apply to Endebeni Forest.
Coming on the N3 from Pietermaritzburg, take the Howick North/Tweedie offramp (Exit 107). Turn left onto Main Road (R107), following the Tweedie sign. At the T-junction turn right onto the R103 (Lions River sign). Continue on that road passing the Nelson Mandel Capture Site, Lions River and then Piggly Wiggly on your left. Keep going on the R103 to the top of the hill, look for Lythwood Lodge on the left, and follow signs to the destination from there.
21–22 October 2017
Tim and Kate Baynes – Millford Farm, D666, Dargle
This is a country garden with beautiful views of the Dargle valley. Teas will be served.
Charity: Dargle Primary School
Coming on the N3 from Pietermaritzburg: Take the Howick North/Tweedie offramp (Exit 107). Turn left onto Main Road (R107), following the Tweedie sign. At the T-junction turn right onto the R103 to Nottingham Road. After approximately 5-6km turn left onto the Dargle/Impendle Road (if you pass Piggly Wiggly you have gone too far). Follow Dargle road for 14,2km. Turn right onto D666 (it is a dirt road in good condition). Follow road for about 3,5km to Millford – it is signposed up on the road.
21–22 October 2017
Will and Caz Griffin, The Chestnuts, Dargle
An old garden that has been revamped into a garden that is predominantly roses, with approximately 800 of the plants, mostly two years old. The garden next door is an old garden established by Norma Griffin, where the couple’s son, Mike Griffin, now lives.
Charity: Dargle School
Coming on the N3 from Pietermaritzburg: Take the Howick North/Tweedie offramp (Exit 107). Turn left onto Main Road (R107), following the Tweedie sign. At the T-junction turn right onto the R103 to Nottingham Road. After approximately 5-6km turn left onto the Dargle/Impendle Road (if you pass Piggly Wiggly you have gone too far). As per last one, follow Dargle Road for 16km. Take right turn to Fort Nottingham and travel 300m. Chestnuts entrance on the left.
21–22 October 2017
Barend and Helen Booysen, Kilgobbin Cottage, Farm 13, D707 off the D17, Dargle
Kilgobbin Cottage is situated at the end of a ‘Albertine’ rose-lined country lane on the edge of an extensive Yellowwood forest. This formal, east-facing garden is characterised by its numerous roses, including a lovely selection of David Austen roses. Clivias occur here naturally and feature prominently alongside the arums, which line the stream. Visitors often describe the garden with terms like ‘peace, serenity and harmony’.
Charity: The Dargle Conservancy
Follow the R103 Westwards through Lions River to the Dargle/Impendle turn-off (just before Piggly Wiggly). Take this road and travel 6km on tar to the D17 turnoff to your right. Travel 2kms on gravel. Turn left onto the D707. Travel 1km until you see the Crab Apple Chapel sign on your right. The garden is 250 metres further along the country lane, following the Crab Apple signs.
21–22 October 2017
Jean Campbell, Ivanhoe Garden, Dargle
Set around a historic old stone house, Ivanhoe is approached through an avenue of over 200 plane trees. A backdrop of the beautiful Dargle countryside enhances the garden, English Country in style and with a stream running through it.
Tea and coffee, eats and sandwiches on offer.
Travel up the R103 and take the Dargle/Implendle turn off on the left. Travel for 15km on tar up the Dargle Valley until the tar meets the dirt, then travel on dirt road for +15km. Ivanhoe Farming will be on your right, where an avenue of trees greets you.
11–12 November 2017
Nigel and Karen Mckenzie, Chimanimani, R103, Rosetta
A young farm garden filled with frost-hardy, wind-resistant and pet-proof stalwarts. Mostly informal, combining indigenous with English country garden favourites. A pesticide-free garden utilising resident pets as both producers of fertiliser and as pest controls. These include ducks, chickens, horses and some earthworms. This is a young garden that mostly dies back in the harsh sub-zero winters, springs up and rewards you with bursts of colour throughout the year. The menagerie awaits your arrival with a warm cuppa or cool drink on a help-yourself basis from the cottage veranda.
Charity: All tea and coffee contributions will be donated to the Bruntville Dog Project. It is on a self-service basis.
Follow the R103 through Rosetta towards Mooiriver. Pass Waterford Manor and turn right at the next farm turnoff (approximately 400m past Waterford Manor) on your right hand side – Farm Wellington & Chamanimani. Proceed up the well-maintained dirt road for approximately 1km and turn left at the Chimanimani entrance.
7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 October 2017
Rose Sivright, Glengarry, Highmoor Road, Kamberg
Now almost thirty years old, this delightful English Country Garden was established by Rose and Revell Sivright. Featuring stunning young beeches, birches, nyssas and dogwoods, and thatch cottages surrounded by viburnums, azaleas, rhododendrons, Russell lupins and a sprinkling of annual poppies and pansies. These lovely gardens have been the backdrop for many country weddings. Each September and October the Glengarry Garden is open to the public as part of Open Gardens.
Charity: Chrysalis Project
From Pietermaritzburg: Travel northbound on the N3 and take the Nottingham Road offramp (Exit 132). Turn right and travel to the village of Nottingham Road. Keep right under the railway bridge and continue through the village to Rosetta (R103) 8km away. At Rosetta, turn left onto the Kamberg Rock Art Centre Road and travel 31km along this road. Turn left onto the Glengarry and Highmoor Road and Glengarry is immediately on the right.
28–29 October 2017
Coleen Robertson, Struan Farm (home to three Robertson families), Bushmans Nek Road, Underberg
The original garden burnt out in 1994. The top section of garden is casual rose and perennial beds, while the lower garden is trees, pathways past azaleas and perennial beds, which leads to a seasonal stream and pond. Teas, flapjacks, fresh lemon juice and stalls will be on offer.
23km out of Underberg towards Kokstad. Turn right on the Bushmans Nek Road , on dirt road. After 3.5km turn second left into Struan Farm.
28–29 October 2017
Ken and Merril Macloed, Shaleburn Farm, D600 , Underberg
A quaint garden set around a handcrafted homestead. Roses give joy and colour to the garden, along with the greens and browns of tree ferns. The garden is designed so that Ken and Merril are able to maintain the garden without any help. The couple’s code is simple, sustainable and self-sufficient. Flat lawns, tea and coffee are available. Garth Hoet’s Pottery and some hand spinning will be on display.
Charity: Pevensey Place
From Underberg: Take the first Bushman’s Nek road, approximately 5km from Underberg. Travel 14km along the dirt road to the D600 (White Gates). Turn right down the road into the valley. Continue along the D600 for +2km – Shaleburn is on the left.
28–29 October 2017
Adele Nicholson, Highlands Farm, Underberg
A personally grown garden with antique features, lovely rhododendrons, azalea bushes and more. Refreshments will be available with pretty stores to buy from, including home decor, plants and other goodies. Cash will be needed.
Charity: Pevensey Place
Go through Underberg, travel 3km towards Kokstad. Take the first turn to Bushmansnek. Travel 6km. Take the D1 left, travel exactly 8km and turn left again.
28–29 October 2017
Wally and Jayne Pooler, Hartley Farm, 2nd Bushmansnek Road, Underberg
Hartley Farm garden was established in 1971, but has been newly landscaped. Despite being a young garden, it still features some magnificent original trees, extensive lawn, flowering cherries, roses and majestic views of the Drakensberg. Other characteristics include an organic vegetable garden, Lucy’s art studio and a fairy garden.
Charity: Chrysalis Project
From Underberg towards Kokstad, turn right onto the 2nd Bushmansnek Rd (26km from Underberg). Drive 2.5 km on the dirt road. Turn right at the stone pillars.
28–29 October 2017
Derrick and Kim Corfe, Ambermere Farm, Bushmansnek Road, Underberg
This is a small farm garden overlooking the majestic Drakensberg Mountains and a beautiful dam. The garden showcases some interesting rock features and much of the planting of roses, perennials and annuals is done in colour groups. Tim van Vuuren will be exhibiting his paintings and some items of pottery, which will be on sale. Tim’s wife Maureen of NEARLYNEW4U will be selling previously loved costume jewellery and cards. Tea, coffee, lemon juice and coffee cake will be served. Plants for sale, including lots of miniature blue agapanthus.
Charity: Pevensey Place, Underberg
Take the first Bushmansnek Road turnoff as you come out of Underberg and travel for 7kms. The farm is on the right.
28–29 October 2017
Elize and John Jackson, Fiddlersgreen, Underberg
A garden filled with roses old and new, peonies, a large variety of perennials that provide colour all year round. Refreshments and wheelchair friendly.
Charity: Pevensey Place
On R617 From Underberg to Kokstad turn right 4km onto Drakensberg Gardens Road. After 2,2km turn left into Penny Lane to Heritage Plants.
28–29 October 2017
George and Kate Lockhart, Roughham, Underberg
Natural woodland farm garden with a water garden, a wetland and wonderful berg views. Wheelchair friendly, with refreshments and bagged trees available.
Charity: Liz Mckay Conservation
22 km from Underberg village on the Kokstad road, just before the second Bushmansnek Road.
28–29 October 2017
Tarrin Champkins, Breakfast Hill, Underberg
Country garden with an old homestead and beautiful berg views. Champagne and orange juice available, and there will also be a mini flea market.
Charity: Perensky Place
4Km out of Underberg, turn right onto the Bushmansnek Road. About 6km later left onto the D1. Travel 8,5km and then take a right into Breakfast Hill.
28–29 October 2017
Gill and Mike Willment, Selbourne Farm, Bushmans Nek Road, Underberg
A tree-lined driveway leads you into Selbourne Farm garden. With stunning views of farm land and the southern ‘berg, it is a well-loved, colourful garden of roses, shrubs and pretty annuals. Underberg Country Quilters, craft beer tasting and teas served.
Charity: Pevensey Place
20km from Underberg on the R617, turn right onto the second Bushmans Nek road. 6km further on the left is Selbourne Farm.
28–29 October 2017
Shaun and Laurian van Huysteen, Tegwan Farm, Underberg
A recently established farm garden with lovely old trees, which is planted with over 500 roses and makes the most of the shallow soils. The addition of annuals adds splashes of vibrant colour throughout the garden. The garden is surrounded by lush pastures allowing for the feeling of open space and views of the berg. Teas and light lunches will be available throughout the weekend. Floral art display by local ladies. Roses for sale from Tarr Rose Nursery.
Charity: Pevensey Place
From Underberg, take the R617 towards Swartberg. Approximately 5km from Underberg take the first Bushmans Nek Road turning to the right. Travel 10.5 km along the dirt road – Tegwan Farm is on the left.
14–15 November 2017
Walter Kaumpek, 10 Arbuckle Place, Montrose, Pietermaritzburg
Set on a slope, this garden is an intriguing mix of indigenous and tropical, with a touch of the exotic. Started from scratch when the house was built some twenty years ago and laid out by the owner, the garden has become a cherished space packed with fascinating plants reflective of the owner’s interest and taste.
Travel up Townhill Road, which becomes Townbush Road. Take the first left after the Keg and Hedgehog into Dykes Road, left into Penavon Road and left again into Arbuckle Place.
Bryan and Carey Christophers, 20 Dales Avenue, Wembley, Pietermaritzburg
An amateur gardener with a much-loved, established garden filled with colour. Tea, coffee and eats supplied.
Down from Wylie Park, turn right into Armstrong Drive then left into Barry Road. At the end of Barry Road turn to the left to 20 Dale Road.
STIHL OPEN GARDENS
7–8 October 2017
Rick and Fem Hackland, Bishopstowe
This is an indigenous, waterwise aloe garden. These plants attract an amazing variety of birds, bees and butterflies, and the aloes have been planted to look as natural as possible. While traditionally indigenous gardens all look their best in the winter months, this garden has something of interest to share throughout the year.
Drive on Manning Road, which becomes the Bishopstowe Road. Continue straight on that road till you get to a sign that reads ‘Shaya Moya’ on the right (a green sign with white writing). A few metres later there is a dirt road to the left. Turn left and drive for 200 metres, then turn right at the row of palm trees. It is 10km from the centre of Pietermaritzburg
The St John’s Gardens, Howick
The Arboretum covers over 4500m2 or 4.5 hectares of agricultural commonage and is planted with over 450 trees and shrubs. At the centre lies the Arboretum Garden, a working farm garden. Following a semi-formal layout, the garden is divided into several different areas that serve different purposes, namely the allotment gardens, the boules court, fire pit, swales and the picking garden. The different ‘garden room’ concept works here to break up the space and creates interest as one walks along the central pathway.
Time: Thursday to Sunday, 9:00 to 16:30.
Enter Howick via the Tweedie off ramp. Follow the road until you get to the Karkloof road. Turn left onto the Karkloof road. Follow the road for approximately a km. St John’s Village is on your right hand side.
4–5 November 2017
Jan and Val Jefferiss, Inkwazi Farm, Balgowan
As you wander through this magnificent garden with its subtle blend of exotic and indigenous flora, with trees, shrubs and flowers juxtaposed in relaxed and informal harmony, it is hard to believe that just ten years ago you would be walking on a field of kikuyu grass. Nestled between green valleys and mountains it has as its focal point a magnificent ornamental dam where white-faced and yellow-billed ducks, cormorants, herons and a variety of other birds have made a sanctuary for themselves. Strolling round the property you too are soon immersed in the serenity of your surroundings!
There is an Imbiza Designs factory shop on the farm where beautiful hand-crafted pots and ornaments are on sale.
Entrance: Voluntary donation, with all proceeds going to SPCA Mooi River/Garden Route Disaster Fund.
From PMB take the N3 towards Howick. Take the Howick North/Tweedie turnoff (Exit 107), and turn left toward Tweedie. At the stop street turn right onto the R103 towards Nottingham Road. After 25km you come to Balgowan. The entrance to Inkwazi Farm is exactly 1.4 km past the entrance to Michaelhouse School. Still on the R103, you will see the white gatepost of Inkwazi Farm on your left. The property is wheelchair friendly with plenty of parking space available.
23 September – 8 October 2017
Heritage garden! The Benvie Garden, Karkloof
The Benvie Garden, which is 30 hectares in extent, consists largely of large conifers, azaleas, azalea mollis and rhododendrons, as well as the most incredible collection of trees. The garden is spectacular, large expansive lawns offer beautiful views, azaleas form hedges throughout the beautiful walk around the perimeter of the garden, and everywhere you gaze there are trees.
Tickets: Admission fee of R50 per person (children under 12 are free of charge). Pensioners R30 on Thursdays only.
Enquiries: 033 502 9090
From Howick, take the Karkloof road for 33km (21km of tar). After 33km turn right on the York/New Hanover Road and travel for 3km. The Benvie sign will be on your left. Follow the signs from there.
16–17 September 2017
Liz Boyd, Ben Eden Farm, Karkloof
This is a large informal garden set against the backdrop of the indigenous Karkloof Forest, with large plantings of clivias under the trees, which will be in full bloom in September. There will be various plants for sale and teas will be served. Donations to SPCA Howick.
From Howick take the Karkloof/Rietvlei road, travel past all the Ambers for 17km, then turn left at the Canopy Tours sign. Ben Eden is the first entrance on the right.
239 Boom Street, PMB Central, (between Chief Albert Luthuli and Peter Kerchhoff Streets)
This beautiful Victorian-style garden in the hustle and bustle of the city is divided into various rooms, and is open for lunches and teas. There is no entrance fee, but donations to a charity of the gardener’s choice are welcomed.
Open daily during the week with safe on-street parking
Enquiries: 033 394 1443
Kloof Rotary Ann’s Open Gardens
Kloof Rotary Ann’s Open Gardens
The Kloof Rotary Ann’s will be hosting Open Gardens in the Kloof, Gillitts and Winston Park areas, all profits going to Highway Charities. There are five gardens in fairly close proximately to one another, ranging from large to complex size. Four of the gardens are designed and maintained by the owners. This year the tea will be served at Fulton School for the Deaf where there will be cars on display, plants for sale and several other attractions.
Time: 9:30 – 16:30
Tickets: R60, children under 12 are free. Tickets are available at the entrance to each garden and also at Kloof Village Mall Superspar and Watercrest Superspar.
To arrive at the first garden from Durban on the M13, take Exit 24 Marked Old Main Road/ Abrey Road. If approaching from the direction of Pietermaritzburg on the M13, it is marked Exit 2, with the same signage – from there follow the signs to the gardens.
Ryan and Sarah Bruwer, 28 Impala Road, Kloof
This flat property has manicured lawns edged with deep beds containing a multitude of different plant material. Roses abound and are snuggled up to hardy shrubs. There is a formal potager gardens as well as other areas where fruit trees and herbs thrive.
Peter and Wendy Scorgie, 12 Tanglewood Gardens, 12 Bartle Road, Gillitts
A terraced complex garden with paths leading to a perennial stream, it is reigned over by a majestic forest mahogany that creates a canopy for shade-loving plants. The upper part of the garden is planted with annuals, roses, shrubs and succulents. Bird life abounds in this garden.
Jim and Sue Carmody, 5 Roosevelt Road, Winston Park, Gillitts
A sloping drive leads to a large, flat garden some 40 years old. It is a park-like yet sunny garden that is quite unique, with some of its trees resembling giant sculptures. The formal design harmoniously blends the indigenous with the exotics within the rockeries and shrub- and flower-filled borders. It entices one to want to linger longer.
Jan and Geline Van Wyk, 5 Galloway Lane, Winston Park, Gillitts
A level garden that has made use of gravel and pebbles to highlight planting, it is decorated with old farming implements. There are nooks and crooks with wandering pathways, while the main house garden has a panoramic view of the gorge. The garden is edged by a very old flat crown tree with seating underneath where one can sit and enjoy the view.
Danna Flack, 10 Impangele Road, Kloof
An indigenous rockery with a good selection of plants faces the driveway, and the front garden has rolling lawns and beds filled with a variety of unusual plants. It has four water features, sculptures and statues from around the world. Interesting features are a Thai Spirit House and a gazebo that houses a collection of bells from around the world. Enjoy the beauty of this large garden.
East Griqualand Country and Garden Festival
3-5 November 2017
This year the festival, which takes place in and around Kokstad, Swartberg and Cedarville, KwaZulu-Natal, is proud to present nine beautiful, unique and diverse gardens. In addition to the gardens, the festival includes markets, agricultural events, good food, art, crafts, music and talks on a variety of subjects.
Tickets: R80, available at all the gardens.
Enquiries: Dr Merida Roets, 083 630 7787, email@example.com, www.encountereg.co.za
Cathy and William Green, Fallodon, Cedarville
Surrounding their lovely 100-year old farmhouse of sandstone, which was quarried on the farm, Cathy has an old, established, low-maintenance farm garden with a wonderful variety of plant material – some of it quite unique for this area – with a great array of colour and including a wide variety of perennials. There will be refreshments, plants and décor items for sale in the garden.
Debbie and Roland Miller, Dromore, Mount Currie (D623)
High up on the foothills of Mount Currie among golden pastures and wispy grasses is a garden where spring is the most abundant time of the year. Lucky to have a number of old cherry trees covered in blossoms, it’s a botanical wonderland filled with a collection of delightful plants and roses that overlook restful views and rustic farm sheds. The garden is the extension of the inside of the beautiful country home.
Lunch and refreshments will be on sale in the old shearing shed, accompanied by live music.
Gaye and Trevor Kirk, Chertsey, Swartberg/Matatiele Road
Chertsey is a livestock and maize farm that includes a peaceful, well-established, perfectly manicured garden, all put together by the talented and enthusiastic gardener, Angelina.
The garden has a 180° view looking out over the Cedarville Flats, incorporates a number of interesting features, and has sweeps of plants and groundcovers that provide an abundance of colour. A new extension has been added this year! There will be refreshments all weekend and a barn dance and steak evening on the Saturday night.
Ingrid and Kippy Bryden, Strathneva
Kippy and Ingie moved to Strathneva 15 years ago, when Ingie started establishing this beautiful farm garden with its sweeping lawns and colourful beds. She set out to frame the stunning East Griqualand views from the farmhouse veranda, and has concentrated on colour combinations in the expansive flowerbeds. Ingie has also established an indigenous area on the northern aspect, while Kippy has cleared a natural ‘grotto’ area next to the garden that can only be accessed by steep rudimentary steps. (This is not for the infirm or faint-hearted!).
There will be music throughout the weekend and help-yourself teas available.
Julia and Janse Joubert, Meadowbrook, P604
Meadowbrook is home to one of the oldest farmhouses in the district (circa 1860), with some stunning old sandstone buildings. Janse and Julia moved back to the area in 2011 and over the past six years Julia has begun to develop the 2.2ha garden, endeavouring to restore the property to its former splendour. The farm is also home to a vast array of bird species including grey crowned, blue and wattled cranes, and fish eagles.
A juice and smoothie bar will be open. Meadowbrook Interiors will have feather cushion inners, feather pillows, cushion covers and interior goods for sale.
Wayne and Julie-Ann Buss, Ikamva, The Avenue, R56
On the edge of Kokstad, hidden behind a blue wall, is a contemporary house, juxtaposed with a distinctly South African take on an English garden. Ikamva, recently featured in The Gardener magazine, is the home of Wayne and Julie-Ann Buss. This ever-evolving garden is divided into distinct areas, each with interesting features and focal points. There will be numerous other points of interest in addition to the house and garden.
Patty and Sam van Zyl, Rietfontein
This family farm garden has been in Sam’s family for many generations and Patty has spent the last 11 years transforming it into her own. The garden overlooks a dam and is surrounded by paddocks in which their Arab endurance horses graze, which captures the essence of a typical picture farm. Patty’s garden is filled with a variety of plant material, but her many roses are certainly a highlight of the garden.
Patty’s nursery will be open throughout the weekend with a large variety of roses on sale. Breakfasts, light lunches and teas will be served over the weekend.
Shannon and Steve Gilson, Brechan Farm, D618
The house is the original homestead of Archie Scott (a blacksmith who came to Kokstad with the Griquas). It stood empty for many years and the garden reverted back to veld, which was ploughed up when Steve and Shannon were married 25 years ago. In 2008 they levelled most of the garden to bare soil and started from scratch. Elize Jackson helped Shannon with some of the original layout, but she has developed most of it herself over the last nine years, with plenty of help from Steve. This is a large farm garden with a variety of rooms, interesting water features and other focal points, which Elize has creatively structured largely from old farm scrap, and her garden evolves each year with new ideas.
Wool products, photography, botanical art and plants will be on sale.
Breakfasts, lunches and teas will be available throughout the weekend.
Merida Roets, Kruispruit Farm 314 Karg’s Post
Merida’s garden takes advantage of the sweeping views of Mount Currie and the Mzintlava River. Merida has used the Japanese gardening philosophy of borrowed scenery (Shakkei) through much of her garden, so often you find yourself looking through things to see something in the distance or reflected. This eclectic garden has a myriad of fascinating rooms and surprises and reflects Merida’s appreciation of the unusual, of art and her interest in the diversity of human cultures, both ancient and modern. Pathways through shady forests are dotted with sculptures gathered from exotic locations and seating in tranquil nooks. It showcases both structured and natural water features, and the rocky outcrop on which the house is located lends itself to more natural plantings of an indigenous flavour. You are invited to enjoy a covered vegetable garden, the Oriental garden, Leandra’s Wood and the AgriSPACE development, also on the property.
An alfresco dinner, refreshments all weekend and talks are also included in the line up.
Kloof Conservancy’s Indigenous Open Gardens
9-10 June 2018
The Kloof Conservancy Indigenous Open Gardens Show is the premier indigenous gardening event in KZN and 2018 will be 19th year the event will showcase the benefits and pleasures of indigenous gardening.
Indigenous Transformations will be the theme for 2018. All gardens on show have one main thing in common – transformation from exotic to indigenous flora. Each of the six gardens are at different stages of their transformation. Collectively, these gardens exhibit unique ways and step-by-step processes by which local plant species can be incorporated in all genres of garden design – from simple and easy to maintain, to perfectly polished and lawn-dominated.
Enquiries: Paolo Candotti, 083 626 8684, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.kloofconservancy.org.za, www.facebook.com/KloofConservancy
Derek and Sharron Rabie, 34 Alexander Drive, Winston Park
Calling all aloe enthusiasts! With a count of 65 species and growing, this property boasts a variety of aloe species like no other. Devoted gardener Sharron Rabie and her aloe collector hubby, Derek, showcase what is possible with foresight, creativity and a substantial amount of elbow grease. Lawns were converted to indigenous grasslands with wooden walkways, while shaded and unfertile areas infested with aliens were transformed into sun-drenched indigenous havens. An impressive pool-side rockery and water feature was created from scratch, and is now naturally and cleverly filtered by a variety of plant species.
Haley and Gavin Hough, 32 Jan Smuts Avenue, Winston Park
This is an estate large enough to host habitats of all types. Although presently in a transition phase between ornamental exotics and indigenous species, the garden’s plants were ideally selected to suit each section, creating a flourishing mosaic and stunning example of what is possible in the micro-environments of each garden type. The garden’s caretaker and landscaper, Knowledge, certainly lives up to his name. Not only has he helped create beautiful floral and foliage displays with his impressive consideration and understanding of the plants he works with, but he has also designed numerous pathways throughout for fun exploration, mindful of the family’s children who, he excitedly says, are “Soon going to start walking”.
Kerry Townsend, 5 Park Close, Hillcrest
This is truly a land of plenty. Landscape designer and true garden artist Kerry Townsend has reformed yet another neglected plot with her signature innovation and attention to detail. Bathed in sunlight for most of the day, her current, previously blank canvas has afforded her the opportunity to completely redesign the space and play with a palette of indigenous grasses, proteas and so much more. The all-access pathways throughout, and the outdoor ‘rooms’ of creativity that these paths lead to, are not apparent at first glance, making garden meanderings here a delightful adventure of discovery.
Palesa Dube, Du Bois, 13 Hillford Road, Waterfall
This year’s venue emphasises the ‘garden’ in ‘tea garden’. A vast property bordered by the Nkutu River, it has been undergoing huge structural and flora transformations since 2009. Owner and visionary Palesa Dube has since created an elegant wedding venue that celebrates the beauty of its indigenous surrounds. This hidden gem now boasts a waterfall, walkways throughout, riverside picnic grounds and polished lawns, all visible from the deck of the venue’s spacious reception hall – where this year’s tea and cake will be served.
Dave and Sue Mercer, 34B Margaret Crescent, Forest Hills
Dave and Sue Mercer, an always-on-the-go couple, have impressively created and maintained their slice of paradise in their limited free time. Their stunning and butterfly-attracting (over 110 species and counting) plant diversity is initially thanks to their closest friends and family – who bought the newlywed couple indigenous plants off their unconventional gift registry at a local nursery. Eleven years later they have even restored a grassland in the lower part of their property that now seamlessly flows into the Kranzkloof Nature Reserve beyond, with a backdrop of jaw-dropping valley views to boot.
Helen and Tim McClurg, 9 Watsonia Place, Forest Hills
This garden shares two borders with the Kranzkloof Nature Reserve and will be of great interest to long-term Indigenous Open Gardens show attendees, having been previously featured in the 2008 show. Since then, the garden has progressed in its indigenous transformation with flourishing outcrop displays and well-established trees rising from perfectly manicured (and very inviting) lawns. The newest passion project that Tim and Helen McClurg have undertaken is the creation of a walk-through indigenous forest that has gorgeous views. This garden is the perfect example of indigenous habitat expansion balanced with all the aesthetic appeals of a well-trained garden.
14-15 October 2017
Water Oak Farm
Water Oak Farm in the lovely Constantia Valley is one of the gardens in the Western Cape frequently chosen by international garden tours. Stroll round a little piece of heaven while enjoying stunning views in every direction. Relish a couple of hours ambling through a variety of garden rooms, including a fascinating range of succulents planted in response to the current drought, or relax with a cuppa in our tea garden. All proceeds go to SA Riding for the Disabled (SARDA). Learn more about this organisation at www.sardacapetown.co.za.
Venue: Water Oak Farm, Klein Constantia Road, Constantia. (Follow the signs to Klein Constantia Wine Estate from Spaanschemat River Road.)
Time: 09:30 – 17:00
Tickets: Available at the gate
Enquiries: Deborah 082 406 3434, email@example.com
27-29 October 2017, 26-28 October 2018
Rustenberg Manor House Garden
This is a large farm garden surrounding beautiful Cape Dutch buildings, with a spectacular mountain backdrop and wonderful views of the surrounding landscape. It is a garden with many mature trees and is essentially English in style, with a strong focus on heritage roses and perennials. The space is divided into a series of ‘rooms’, each with a distinctive planting scheme and character. The sunken garden and the Almond walk are highlights.
This garden is adjacent to the Schoongezicht manor house near the wine-tasting centre on the estate. Special features are the 200-year-old pergola running the length of the garden, and a Chartre-style labyrinth set amongst the flower borders. It also features a wonderful pond and is divided using hedges and paths, while the borders are filled with roses, foxgloves and many interesting perennials. The Simonsberg Mountain and the fields beyond provide the borrowed landscape.
Venue: Rustenberg Wine Estate, Rustenburg Road (note the ‘burg’!), Ida’s Valley, Stellenbosch
GPS: 33.906221; 18.891163
Time: 9:30 – 17:00
Enquiries: Rozanne Barlow, 082 442 1721, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rustenberg.co.za
11 November 2017
Acara Open Gardens
Acara is a beautiful English country garden with breathtaking views of the magnificent Helderberg Mountains and vineyards. It’s set in a valley with willow trees, rose gardens, rolling lawns, themed areas and even a small veggie patch. Tea and coffee with muffins will be served and plants will be on sale. Accommodation is also available in pretty, fully serviced thatch cottages.
Time: 10:00 –16:00
Venue: Off R44, Winery Road
Enquiries: 084 958 5074, email@example.com, www.acara.co.za
28–29 October 2017
McGregor Open Gardens
McGregor celebrates Nature’s Magic at the annual McGregor Open Gardens, Arts and Crafts event held this October. To quote Aristotle, there is ‘something of the marvellous’ in seeing colour and design – especially when planting in a rain shadow…
You are invited to see the resulting beauty of nature’s magic, in gardens of a quaint, heritage village. So make it a diary date.
• Lei water historically provided irrigation, with sluits still used today.
• Private gardens include indigenous semi-Karoo and more formal planting.
• Organic food gardens and permaculture demonstrated.
• Refreshments offered in various gardens and home baking.
Take time to walk the pretty, preserved village and to access centrally located gardens. A fun wooden ‘Noddy’ bus offers transport for the foot-weary.
Entry: Event map R10, all proceeds are donated to a local charity.
Enquiries: 023 625 1954, www.tourismmcgregor.co.za
21–22 October 2017
Noordhoek Open Gardens 2017
The Noordhoek Valley is known to be so breathtakingly beautiful that its inhabitants can’t help but to take things slow and to focus on the finer things in life: surfing, horseback riding, long walks on the beach and, of course, gardening.
The typical Noordhoek Garden takes inspiration from the local fynbos and surrounds: mountains, wetlands and sea, and shows what can happen when ingenuity, patience and love is pitted against extreme elements.
Noordhoek Open Gardens runs over two days to allow visitors and fanatics to meander through approximately 15 gardens, while taking the time to stop by and enjoy local hospitality.
Four categories of garden will be on show, including large, small, indigenous and food gardens.
Some of the gardens on show are:
Andrew and Samantha Hart, 3 Potomac Close
This garden is a mixture of indigenous and exotics. Gardening here has its challenges and rewards. From this oasis, there is a walkway through a small tropical forest area up to the nursery. Andrew has been breeding clivias, amaryllises and trees for a number of years.
Anca and Ollie Wright, 2 Keurboom Road
There are a fair amount of indigenous plants in the garden, with paths that lead you around to different nooks in the garden. A small vegetable patch supplies the household with most of its basic veggies and herbs. Stunning views of Chapman’s Peak are enjoyed from the deck.
Kathy and Gavin Fish, House at Pooh Corner, Village Lane
An inherited silver-leaf poplar forest has been transformed over 20 years into a beautiful semi-shade garden with over 70 different species of trees. Paths meander along the river and through the forest, a formal veggie garden and a magnificent bonsai garden.
Nola and Gianni Viotti, 48 Haven Drive
This garden provides plenty of variety and endless joy. Nola has created a beautiful indigenous garden that is alive with colour every month of the year.
Bernard and Antje Madden, 6 Old Cape Farm Road
This young, mainly indigenous garden has spectacular views. With a fish pond, chicken corner, vegetable patch, bee hive and masses of fynbos, succulents, vygies and other Cape-friendly plants, the owners spend most of their free time outdoors on the stoep. Raptors can often be seen in this bird-friendly garden.
Tone and Claire Alexander, 9 Willoughby Drive
The garden has been designed around a formal theme, inspired by Tone’s love for travel and his recent trip to Australia to meet world famous landscape designer Paul Bangay. The garden is made up of box hedging, hedging and various Superballs. Colour is limited to black, white, grey and green.
Proceeds will go to the On The Verge community project: a non-profit organisation responsible for beautifying the public verges in Noordhoek.
Enquiries: Noordhoek Tourism 021 782 0679, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.noordhoektourism.co.za
28-29 October, 4-5 November 2017
Elgin Open Gardens
18 beautiful gardens will be open in the Elgin area. It’ll definitely be the place to be on these weekends.
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Enquiries: Barbara Knox-Shaw 021 844 0154, 078 021 2101; Jessie Walton 083 458 3790, email@example.com, www.elginopengardens.co.za
W = wheelchair friendly; PW = partly wheelchair friendly
The Wilson family, Lothian Vineyards, Rockview Dam Road, Grabouw
Bordered by the Palmiet River on one side and their tranquil lake on the other, this three-hectare garden features a rose arbour underplanted with thyme, which leads to a chamomile lawn, a vertical garden, numerous ponds, a perennial country garden, a woodland garden, an indigenous garden, natural fynbos areas and an orchard.
Wine tasting and sales, pizza and wine pairing, gourmet teas. Pottery sessions, trampolines, jungle gym and croquet, gentle walks and picnic areas along the river. It is 3.6 km down Rockview Dam Road.
Enquiries: 021 859 9901, 082 565 7869, www.lothianvineyards.com
Jane Touwen, The Stone Kitchen, E22 Essenhout Avenue, Klipkop
This is a water-wise organic garden on rocky, sandy koppie with pergolas, indigenous plantings, olive trees, two organic permaculture kitchen gardens, and stone and cob buildings.
Enquiries: 021 859 2282, 084 781 1936
Oak Valley Flowers, Oak Avenue, off the R321
Oak Valley is the largest grower of cut flowers in the Western Cape. Tours of the greenhouse production units will leave at 10:00 and 14:00 from The Pool Room Restaurant at Oak Valley on all open days. Flower tours cost R50 per person and take 11/2 hours. Bring walking shoes. Pre-book lunch at the The Pool Room Restaurant. Wine tasting and sales will be open.
Enquiries: Flowers 021 859 3245; tours and restaurant 021 859 4111; www.oakvalley.co.za
Peter and Barbara Knox-Shaw , Fresh Woods off N2
This rambling, romantic plantsman’s garden houses a major collection of heritage and species roses, as well as many rare trees and shrubs including rhododendrons (especially Maddenias), serrata and wild hydrangeas, deutzias and over 70 Japanese maples. There are also collections of cyclamens, epimediums and lilies, and a woodland garden under pine, while a lovely feature is a bamboo walk. It won the WFRS Award of Garden Excellence in 2003 and has been featured in several books.
Tickets R30, children 2-12 half-price.
Teas and unusual plants will be on sale.
Enquiries: 021 844 0154 , 078 021 2101
Elgin Vintners, Ridgelands, Appletiser Road, Elgin
This is a recently restored formal garden from the 1920s, with original stonework, a wisteria pergola, rose beds, oak copses and a fishpond. The trees include a mature Magnolia grandiflora and a huge tulip tree that must be one of the largest in the country. Come and enjoy the magnificent views.
Enquiries: 021 848 9587, www.elginvintners.co.za
Duncan and Liz Henderson, Fairholme, Viljoenshoop Road
A large and many-faceted garden with a magnificent view of the valley, it features a formal rose garden, woodland garden, grass garden, parterre garden, terrace with swimming pool and new formal kitchen garden. Plants grown in the nursery are showcased in a100m-long walkway.
Plants from Fairholme Nursery, which specialises in perennials, grasses and lavenders, will be on sale.
Enquiries: 021 848 9738, 082 550 8703, www.fairholmeplants.co.za
Mark and Jan Stanford, Windermere (Lubourne) Viljoenshoop Road
Lady Lucy Bourne’s garden from 1937 was the first to open regularly to the public. Her skilful combination of formal and naturalistic plantings, stone terraces, island beds, winding paths and bluebell wood had a great influence on other Elgin gardeners such as Kathleen Murray and Maisie Knox-Shaw. Although the garden is not what it was, some cherries sent by Cherry Ingram still survive, as do many interesting trees, and the famous Judas tree has left descendants. There are also new rose beds.
Burgers and cider will be on sale.
Enquiries: 083 722 1099
Norma Bridgman and Bert Touwen, Lavenham, Viljoenshoop Road
This picturesque English thatched cottage is set in a large peaceful woodland garden with extensive lawns, roses, herbaceous borders and groundcovers. Paintings by local artist Bert Touwen will be shown in the stable gallery.
Enquiries: 021 848 9060
Josias and Antoinette Beukes, Dennegeur, Viljoenshoop Road
This large established garden, filled with roses and hydrangeas, has awesome views towards the Kogelberg Dam. Picnickers are welcome.
Enquiries: 082 944 9902, 082 944 9901
Natalie and Joris van Almenkerk , Almenkerk Wine Estate, Viljoenshoop Road (50)
Here the garden and planted courtyard form a gallery for a collection of eccentric Pop Art, with magnificent views onto the Kogelberg.
Pop Art for sale. Wine tasting and sales, oysters and light refreshments.
Enquiries: 021 848 9844, www.almenkerk.co.za
Cecilia Hiemstra, Carmel Farm, 60 Highlands Road
A recently planted indigenous garden on top of a hill, it has lovely views of the Kogelberg. The steeply sloping area below is a work in progress, with a succession of ponds overlooked by a winding path along the adjacent hillside, which has been partially planted with indigenous trees.
Teas and light lunches.
Enquiries: 082 903 8699
Ian and Jessie Walton, Keurbos Nursery Garden, Restanwold Farm, Highlands Road
This large natural garden was designed for birds, with both indigenous and exotic sections as well as new acer and heritage rose beds and an enlarged nursery area. It features collections of bulbs, buchus, acers and azaleas, rhododendrons, heritage roses and more.
The open day includes garden teas, lunches, a bird hide on lake and a picnic area, while plant sales include vireya rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and Japanese maples.
Enquiries: 083 458 3790, www.jessiewalton.com
Jenny Simpson, Auldearn, Highlands Road
A plantswoman’s hilltop garden, it skilfully mixes unusual indigenous and exotic plants, with a focus on colour combinations. Panoramic views over the Kogelberg biosphere are framed by informal mixed plantings dominated by flowering cherries and roses. There are also two ponds and a stream.
Tea and rosemary biscuits R10. Plant sales.
Enquiries: 021 849 8762
Andrea & Rob Semple, Brookelands, Valley Road
Unusually set on sand, this fynbos garden features many indigenous trees grown from wild-collected seed, a succession of dams, and a natural stream arising from an artesian well, the banks planted with clivias and ferns. Here are lovely mountain views and prolific bird life.
Picnic areas. Andrea’s Topiary Creations shop with handmade Xmas wreaths, trees and decorations for sale.
Enquiries: 021 300 0943, www.topiary.co.za, www.elginfarmstay.co.za
Sandy and Kevin King, South Hill Valley Road
These expansive indigenous gardens are surrounded by manicured lawns with views overlooking the Kogelberg and across the valley to Sir Lowry’s Pass. There are mass plantings with art sculptures by local artists, and a working organic kitchen garden.
There will be an art exhibition, deli and fresh produce for sale. Breakfast, lunch and tea will be served and there will be a free wine tasting.
Enquiries: 021 844 0033, www.southhill.co.za
Barry Gould and Alison Green, Wildekrans Country House, Houw Hoek
This country garden is punctuated by unexpected artworks. The five-hectare garden is structured around a series of distinct spaces – a neatly clipped expanse of lawn near the historic 1811 homestead, a formal rose garden, a pear orchard – linked together by wilder areas of indigenous plantings and winding pathways that encourage discovery.
Entry: Donations to Bot River Education Foundation.
Homemade and homegrown produce. Lunch, tea and dessert (please book). Guided fynbos walks (please book).
Enquiries and bookings: 028 284 9827, www.wildekrans.co.za
Peter and Tessa Goemans, Houw Hoek Outspan, Houw Hoek
A sunny, ever-expanding garden with lovely open views of Houw Hoek peak, it is large, sprawling and overflowing with colour, and boasts many flowering treasures including over 200 roses, imported dwarf alstroemarias, irises and annuals in masses of harmonious colour.
Entry: Donations to Bot River Education Foundation
Tea, coffee and cake on the stoep. Homemade chicken wraps for lunch (please book ahead at firstname.lastname@example.org). Picnickers are welcome. Plant sales. Enquiries: 082 740 3590
Beaumont Family, Beaumont Wines, Bot River
Overlooking a willow-clad dam, this free-flowing country garden surrounds a historic house with the oldest cellar and watermill in the Overberg.
Light lunches and high tea by Zest Catering. Wine, art and deli products for sale.
Enquiries: 028 284 9194, email@example.com.
Pletten Berg Bay
11 November 2017
Plett Open Garden Day
While Plett is not a large town, it has a remarkable concentration of fine gardens and can showcase a good balance of different gardens every year.
Plett is blessed with an abundance of beautiful views and most featured gardens have the advantage of being viewed against the backdrop of mountains, ocean and lovely natural vegetation. Some of the gardens in estates are subject to very strict indigenous planting rules and it is always fascinating to see how these owners achieve variety in terms of texture, colour and design in their gardens within these guidelines. Other gardens are subject to fewer prescriptions for planting and often combine exotic and indigenous plants very successfully.
Over the years a whole range of large, small, coastal, indigenous, English, formal and informal gardens have been featured – every single one beautiful and interesting in its own right. Garden owners have become increasingly aware of the need to garden in a water-wise manner and are switching to more hardy indigenous plants and discovering, to their delight, an enormous variety of lovely local plants to work with.
A maximum of five gardens are showcased in Plett on one day, allowing people enough time to visit them all at their leisure, without having to travel long distances.
The proceeds from this event will go to the Plett Animal Welfare Service.
Enquiries: Marsja Hall-Green 044 533 4578, 073 645 9476, firstname.lastname@example.org
The specifics of the open gardens for this event were not ready at the time of going to print. Please see contact details for more information.
11 November 2017
Garden Route Open Gardens
Various open gardens will be available for viewing at the annual Garden Route Open Gardens.
Tickets: R50, entitling visitors entry into all the gardens. Tickets will be sold at BADISA, 60 Victoria Street, George.
Enquiries: Jill de Ponte, email@example.com
20 – 23 October 2017
Bedford Open Gardens
Bedford’s farm, town and township gardens are open every year during the Garden Festival. It’s a three-day touring adventure with renowned country gardens, pretty town and township gardens, scrumptious regional food, fine wines and fun-loving farmers – we love sharing them!
Choose from masses of home-grown plants and gardening necessities at the gardens and at Homeground (Duke of Bedford Inn), meander through the craft stalls at The Country Market (DRC hall) and stock up on locally-produced pantry-fillers.
Time: 08:00 – 17:00
Tickets: The price per garden varies from a donation to R20 per person, payable at each garden gate.
Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bedford.co.za
Download the map and information from the website or collect a brochure at one of our welcome gazebos and discover stunning scenery on quiet country roads, visiting open gardens en route. Meet the gardeners and pick their brains – local know-how is based on generations of experience.
Kim and Ian van Niekerk, Albertvale Farm – The Cook’s Garden
“We enjoy sharing our kitchen garden and extensive English-cottage-style garden with all visitors,” says Kim. “The beds include many traditional favourites grown by our grandmothers.” There are an abundance of heritage edibles that will tweak your sense of nostalgia, and much-loved perfumes and tastes. Features include old roses, organic edibles, perennials and companion planting.
Extras: Salad bar lunch, guided garden walks, plants for sale and Cook’s Garden workshops.
Ria and Henry Moolman, Belmont farm garden
Ria’s generous, exuberant spirit is manifest in her colour-filled garden, with its bold splashes of sunlight and fresh air. This is a family garden with plenty of space for children to play. Ria is an ardent rose grower, and she masses colour in blocks. The collection of magnificent cycads (all registered) is a special feature.
Extras: Teas, picnics, plants and wire garden art sales.
Rozanne and Ken Ross, Cavers Farm Garden
Approached down a curving avenue of ancient oaks, this peaceful oasis with huge trees, sweeping lawns and a riot of roses frames a blue-chip guesthouse and a gracious family home. Windows in the various garden ‘rooms’ invite the eye outwards towards the mountains and sky. There is space to unwind and dream: grand scale is part of the lingering impression.
Extras: Teas, lunch, Sunday midday classical concerts and plants for sale.
Helena and Pieter de Klerk, De Klerksdal Farm Garden
This established informal country garden is situated on an old family farm. Helena’s love for roses is very evident as you stroll along the curved beds massed with annuals, perennials, shrubs and a feast of roses in a myriad of colours and forms. One of the special features is a generous circular rose bed filled with treasures from her extensive rose collection.
Extras: Teas, roses and other plants for sale
Barbara and Michael Church, Donkerhoek Farm Garden
A wide variety of vegetables take centre stage in this hillside garden behind a restored ancestral home. “We use heirloom seeds because they germinate fantastically and the produce has better flavour,” says Barbara. Visitors can visit the mini farmyard where a cow, hens and turkeys help with compost making. The garden feeds the household and the staff, with whom the Church’s enjoy a symbiotic relationship.
Barrie and Alex Pringle, Eildon Farm Garden
Formal design unifies this show-stopping garden with its six distinct ‘rooms’. Varied in theme, each space has an entrance, focal point and balanced quadrants, connected by strong axes. Masses of white ‘Iceberg’ roses form a bond between the garden and the dominating presence of the gabled house. In other areas, the choice of plants and colour is limited to create strong effects in keeping with the house. As a grand finale, timber gates lead the eye out of the orangerie and off into the wild expanses of mountain and veld beyond.
Shirley and Lochart Ainslie, Glen Gregor Farm Garden
Nestling comfortably at the top-end of the Cowie Valley, surrounded by natural forest and mountains, is the farmhouse Glen Gregor. Its position is unsurpassed and the semi-wild garden enjoys the calls of many birds, including narina trogons, long-crested eagles, and Knysna turacos, attracted by the forest that abounds with yellowwoods, wild pears, sneeze woods and forest schotias.
Danél and Andre Moolman, Glen Ross Farm Garden
Engulfed in the mountain landscape, Danél has created a tranquil family garden. Her love for roses is very evident in this oasis where ducks, bantams, dogs and her children enjoy space and freedom. The dominant feature is a majestic Pinus himalayas that dates back to the 1920s – it dwarfs the house and produces cones as large as 20cm.
Extras: Plants and refreshments for sale.
Doreen and Peter Freese, Maasström Farm Garden
Maasström Garden holds many surprises. Whilst this place of beauty showcases the splendid mountain backdrop, it is the garden that enchants. Magnificent trees shade the footpaths, perfumed roses invite you to linger, and cycads and topiaries delight the eye. This is a memorable experience that will remain with you long after the visit.
Hilda and Francois Marais, Skelmkloof Farm Garden
Hospitality straight from the heart awaits you at this whimsical Karoo-style garden that is both a place of healing and a refuge for rescued arid-zone plants. Hilda has a personal vision and a quirky sense of humour ,which infuses her remote mountain home. All is totally in tune with the wild landscape. Ask Francois about local fossils and the Cape parrots he breeds.
Extras: Teas and lunches.
Catherine Knox, The Caltex Backyard Foodfarm at Homeground, Duke of Bedford Inn quad
Experience the bounty of a 6x10m urban food-farm where we try out ideas and share information. Understand ways to have more fun and save on time, energy and cash. Giggle at quirky bird and bug houses. See how love transformed a water-tank and compost box. Grow enough to share while you connect with Mother Earth and let your imagination loose on biodynamic design, vertical harvests, hügelkultur, burrow composting, moon cycles, beneficial microbes, natural pest control, water wisdom and more.
Extras: Garden goodies, plants, worksheets and information posters are for sale.
The Chef’s Garden at Homeground, Duke of Bedford Inn quad
Six large raised beds celebrate the beauty of edible plants grown in rich compost, enjoying full sun, rainwater and maximum love and attention daily from the gardeners, hotel staff and visitors. This happy place supplies the hotel and our deli with vegetables, herbs and garnishes and inspires others to grow edibles in the front garden as a focal point.
Nellie and Carlie van Aardt, 8 Durban Street
A formal design outlined by 30cm-high hedges of immaculately clipped saltbush makes the front garden appear far larger than its 19x25m. A harmonious combination of indigenous and exotic waterwise plants includes a central fever tree and grasses, all contributing to the calming aesthetic of an essentially European design. The Pride of Madeira is descended from plants Nellie brought from her mother’s garden 45 years ago.
Extras: Jimmy Bayti’s plants on sale.
Tara Forster, The Long Garden, Cradock Street
Stretching down a long erf, this new garden was designed by Franchesca Watson. A lawned path meanders down the length of the space through plantings that are initially formal and melt progressively into a ‘natural’ garden, with an increasing number of indigenous plants. The flow ends in a lawn surrounded by grasses against a wall of reeds. Access the kitchen garden with its raised beds through a moon gate.
Extras: Plants for sale.
Kim van Niekerk, The SA Rosarium, Stockholm Street
A living archive of South Africa’s old roses, the Rosarium, with its three enormous gazebos, was designed by Gwen Fagan. Conservation and information sharing are two main aims: no poisons or harmful chemicals are used and the underplanting is all indigenous, demonstrating the happy results of combining species roses and local plants. Climbers scramble up the ancient trees in The Dell area over swathes of clivias and plectranthus.
Extras: Old roses and other plants for sale.
Lana and Ben Blom, The Upcycled Garden at Eagle Hout Padstal, 47 Van Riebeeck Street
This extensive new garden reflects the ethos of the Eagle Hout/Thembani Integrated Projects. Tons of compost is made on site by elderly workers, and there is a burgeoning food forest (macadamias, figs, olives, citrus), a poultry house with its own lucerne patch, two 180m-long borders (one for vegetables, the other for picking flowers) and a surreal circular garden with a 5m yellow chair hovering over it. (The chair is a ‘calling-card’ from the on-site furniture factory.) Planted with culinary and therapeutic botanicals, the circular garden is made of 8000 ‘eco-bricks’ (2-litre cooldrink bottles crammed full of waste plastic) and serves as an inspiration for this ‘green’ construction method.
Extras: Teas, lunches, gifts and plants for sale, plus guided tour of the Green Barn (an industrial shed converted into an easy-to-live-in barn).
20-21 October 2017
Bedford Township Open Gardens
The Bedford Township Open Gardens project was initiated ten years ago by Thembani/ Eagle Hout to bring township gardeners into the mainstream of the Bedford Garden Festival. “We believe that by co-creating a united community where no one is left out, we can overcome differences and learn to share and grow stronger together,” says Dr Lana-Loraine Blom, founding coordinator of the project. Thanks to hard work and dedication, our founding township gardeners have served as role models to their neighbours, establishing a culture of pride in gardening and housekeeping. Each of them in their own small way is writing their own success story and setting an example to other towns. 50 gardens will be open
Enquiries: Loraine Blom 046 685 0994, email@example.com. A map of the Township Garden Route is available on www.bedford.co.za and from Eagle Hout Padstal, 47 Van Riebeeck Street, Bedford. The route is well signposted.
19 – 23 October 2017
The secret gardens of Victoria Manor and Die Tuishuise
Linger in six of the 18 secluded little gardens behind the historic cottages in Market Street and breathe in the calm and sense of timelessness. Conserved rather than restored, each little patch is true to its own past, speaking quietly of humble lives. No showing off, no power statements. A paradise for robins, thrushes, wagtails and other modest friends. Traces of old outhouses have been retained, ancient fruit trees and shrubs live out the decades in peace. Aromatic, therapeutic and culinary herbs tumble about with old-fashioned flowering plants. All have one thing in common: they are survivors. Each garden has its own compost heap and water tank. Most of the plants are self-sown or propagated by slipping and/or dividing. The gardens are especially precious for those interested in garden history – past and future – for it has been recognised that this is the future of gardening: non-invasive, low maintenance, tolerant, private. Bliss.
The gardens are normally for the exclusive private enjoyment of guests booked into the cottages that are part of this grand old lady of a Karoo hotel. For the first time, six of them will be open to visits.
Venue: Market Street, Cradock. Call at Victoria Manor reception
GPS: 32 10.218 S E; 25 38.927 E
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Enquiries: Victoria Manor reception, 048 8811322, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tuishuise.co.za
22 September – 15 October 2017
Hogsback, Eastern Cape Spring Celebration
The Hogsback spring celebration includes several open gardens, craft stalls, wine tastings, champagne and oyster pairing, kid’s activities, forest walks, music in the park, plus much more.
Guided tours can be arranged at R100 per person.
Bookings and enquiries: Ann Webster 076 228 7749, Naomi du Plessis 082 444 7145
27-28 January 2018
Beautiful Gardens of Benoni
Brought to you by Benoni van Ryn Rotary Ann’s, these lovely gardens will be on show and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy refreshments in the tea garden (venue to be confirmed).
Time: 10:00 – 16:30
Entrance: R30 to visit all the gardens. Free admission for children under 12.
Enquiries: Judy 082 255 6966, email@example.com
Kim Nichols, 11, 2nd Avenue, Northmead, Benoni
This is a traditional Japanese ‘roji’ or tea garden that features a raked Zen garden at one end. Traditional Japanese water features and ornaments are also on display in this tranquil garden.
Helen Pollock, 44 Deane Crescent, Northmead Ext 7, Benoni
Old-fashioned plants, roses and self-seeded perennials feature in this low-maintenance, informal garden, as do a mix of indigenous and exotic plants.
Helen propagates a lot of the plants herself, taking slips for the next season, so this is also a busy, working garden. This garden features creative water-saving ideas.
Jen Anderson, 3 Joubert Street, Rynfield, Benoni
Enjoy the nooks and crannies and meandering pathways of this large, much-loved family garden, or take a seat and just enjoy being in the moment!
Stewart and Vicki McFarlane, 21 Ambleside Avenue, Lakefield, Benoni
Lush green growth gives this garden a tropical feel. A very private and tranquil garden with a touch of the East, it features a delightful waterfall, Koi ponds and a stream.
Jean and Bronwyn Crafford, 24 Edward Street, Westdene, Benoni
This large garden is a fusion of old-fashioned charm and modern child-friendly living. It’s in keeping with the period of the area and boasts large rolling lawns, mature trees and beautifully maintained perennial flowerbeds. Roses and lavender are breath-taking features of this garden, while water preservation and composting is a priority for this family and the young children enjoy maintaining the small vegetable and herb garden.
GPS: S26º 11.737’; E28º 17.950’
Gardens of the Golden City Spring Gardens 2017
Gardens of the Golden City is now in its 21st year of sourcing and displaying private gardens to the ever-growing numbers of avid garden visitors on behalf of various charities. This coming season runs from August to November and again from end of January into March. We try to find gardens, both very large and very small, which will inspire and bring ideas to the viewers. Occasionally we wander off the conventional path and display rejuvenated riverbanks and wild botanical areas of interest.
For updated information visit www.gardensofthegoldencity.co.za.
7 October 2017
A Blooming Affair – Garden and Craft Market Day, Roedean School (SA),
Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown
Roedean School has a truly magnificent garden of botanical interest, which is intertwined with the school’s 114-year history. The Herbert Baker buildings are complemented by beds filled with a great variety of plants, large and small, indigenous and exotic, with roses abounding. Visit The Anne Lorentz Peace Garden, which is an indigenous water garden at the start of the Roedean Kopje walk.
This is an annual event of one day only that can be enjoyed by the whole family. It includes a craft market, food stalls, tea and ‘champagne’ gardens.
Time: 09:00 – 16:00
Enquiries: Moira 011 647 3200, www.abloomingaffair.co.za.co.za
Delene Laubscher, 206 Wilson Street, Fairland
This amazing garden increases yearly in beauty and stature. Beautifully grown flowers and foliage fill the beds around the house and border the spacious lawns. Trees and shrubs make a fitting background for the large rose garden with a central fountain, and roses play their part in other areas of the garden. Hydrangeas are planted thickly under a grove of white stinkwoods along with azaleas. Beyond is a parkland of lawns and trees with the little Fairland Spruit running through it.
Follow pointer boards to the parking area.
Tickets: R30 – children under 12 free.
Enquiries: Lynne 082 689 0930
14-15 October 2017
Abigail Friedman, 9 Claire Crescent, Northcliff
This multi-level, treed Northcliff garden has amazing views across the Johannesburg skyline. You will walk through ‘Sam’s Jungle’, under rose-covered arches to peaceful shaded benches, up steps to lawns and flowerbeds and down steps to aloes and succulents, vegetables and herbs. The many cleverly designed ‘rooms’ are a visual delight, as are the views from the different levels.
This is not a wheelchair-friendly garden.
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Tickets: R30 – children under 12 free.
Enquiries: Barbara 072 234 4120
19 – 22 October 2017
Susan and Christopher Greig, Beechwood Gardens, 25 Christopherson Road, Hyde Park
The much-anticipated annual opening of Beechwood Gardens.
This beautiful three-and-a-half acre garden, designed originally by the renowned landscaper of the 1940s, Joane Pim, retains the graciousness of the period while Susan and Christopher have spent 17 years adding to its glory. Cobbled pathways meander through the forest, eventually leading to reflection pools where gunneras, irises and lotuses display their beauty. Walk through the colonnades of wisterias and roses while appreciating the multiple annual and perennial beds, and then take in a view of the splendid vegetable gardens.
Susan Greig will again present an al-fresco lunch beneath the Jacarandas – details to be announced.
Following the success of the market incorporated for the first time last year, Shari Dickinson has been invited to return and operate over the four days.
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Tickets: R50 – children under 12 free.
Enquiries: Lynne 082 689 0930, www.beechwoodgardens.co.za.
28 -29 October 2017
Michelle’s Garden, High Cloud, High Cloud Road, Irene
High Cloud will again welcome you to the annual open weekend. This extensive, park- like estate in the peaceful surrounds of Irene covers 10 acres with 5 acres under planting. Paths lined with trees of many varieties guide one through annual and perennial beds, over humpbacked bridges that span the many ponds where swans glide regally, and then walk onwards to the wonderfully whimsical follies. An impressively large pyramid rises to greet you and an Italianate tower spouts water from the centre of a pond.
There will be a tea garden.
Time: 10:00- 17:00
Enquiries: Lynne 082 689 0930
4- 5 November 2017
Quondam Village, 79 Boeing Road East, Bedfordview
Hidden behind high walls, Quondam Village is a pleasant surprise combining the neat and meticulous with a friendly and welcoming English village atmosphere. It provides a feast of small gardens that spill out onto the pavements or else are bordered with low green palisade fences that offer a full view of plants, grasses, creepers, shrubs, hanging baskets, chimes, benches and garden ornaments. Entering Duiker Lane from Eland Drive, enjoy the azaleas of unit 2. Back in Eland Drive, unit 5 offers a superb display of clivias and cycads in a well-established, immaculate garden. At the end of the drive is a larger garden on the boundary of the village, with a water feature and lush vegetable garden. On to number 27 in Kudu Lane, an English Country Garden in miniature with classical statues, a fountain and koi pond, and central flowerbed, its circular design demarcated with mondo grass. There are pergolas and arches covered with roses and white banksia entwined in the fence. Each twist and turn brings new colour – Namaqualand daisies, hydrangeas, impatiens, azaleas and camellias. Down Sable Avenue, three gardens flow into one another from the boundary inwards, framed at the end by the Gillooly’s Farm Hill, the middle unit 38 cleverly designed with raised beds of roses, gauras, azaleas, lavenders and a deep maroon geraniums set among gravel pathways and numerous pots allowing for constant change through rotation.
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Enquiries: Pam 083 496 4746
Johannesburg Open Gardens Meander 2017
In the spirit of ‘The Secret Gardens’ in Rotterdam, Johannesburg Garden Club presents their Open Gardens Meander. Six distinct gardens located in Houghton, Westcliff, Saxonwold, Parktown North, Parkhurst and Craighall Park will open to the public in September. Visitors will be inspired by the delights of spring as each green space offers something unique in their plantings, size, layout and inspiration.
The Houghton garden bursts with romance and whimsy. In Westcliff, park-like open spaces with accent feature areas are perfect for families. The Saxonwold garden features a spectacular French-inspired aesthetic, while Parktown North is bathed in white blooms. Parkhurst offers inspiration for compact city-style garden enthusiasts, and Craighall Park will be resplendent with its abundant topiary shrubs and trees.
Each garden will also feature a plant sale with individual specialties including clivias, azaleas, clematis, irises, Nu-leaf seedlings and Johannesburg Garden Club members’ own cultivated plants, plus a selection of covetable wooden bird ornaments. Refreshments will be available at several of the gardens, giving visitors plenty of opportunity to relax and refresh.
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Tickets: R200 per person, which must be pre-booked by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets include entry to all six gardens, with all proceeds benefiting Johannesburg Child Welfare. Children under 12 years are free.
Guests will receive their Open Gardens Meander map and location addresses on booking their tickets. As per Rotterdam, cycling between gardens is encouraged, although Uber is a good alternative.
29 October 2017
WIZO Garden Day
The annual WIZO Garden Day will showcase Westcliff and Parktown’s prettiest gardens by renowned landscaper Patrick Watson.
There will be a scrumptious tea and a talk.
For tickets please call Helen on 083 267 2607 or Jenny on 011 645 2515 or email email@example.com.
13–15 October 2017
Mulligatawny Farm gardens
Michael Hogan, the interior designer and artist, will open his garden at Mulligatawny Farm in Skeerpoort again this year. Situated near to Skeerpoort in the Cradle of Humankind, the garden will be open in aid of St George’s Turning Point Foundation, which helps young people acquire vocational skills and obtain work.
Mulligatawny Farm is celebrated for its 130 varieties of waterlilies, thousands of roses, irises, crab apples and large collection of bamboos. It is also exceptionally rich in birdlife.
The garden will be open on Friday 13 October from 10:00 – 17:00 for groups, clubs and retirement homes, while the general public is welcome on the 14 and 15 October, from 09:00 – 17:00, with booking via Webtickets or at the gate.
Food and drink will be on sale at the venue, along with a plant stall focusing on unique and extraordinary plants.
GPS: 25° 49’00 21″ S; 27° 46′ 14.95″ E
Tickets: R200 per person
Enquiries: James 083 326 4493, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Pretoria Sunrise Open Gardens to celebrate Spring
Some of the Jacaranda City’s loveliest gardens will be on display for the annual Pretoria Sunrise Rotary’s Open Gardens. The gardens range from smaller gardens to those with space for active children, to sweeping landscapes ideal for entertaining. Visitors are welcome to take a break at the tea garden. All proceeds go to the Club’s community projects, which include literacy and education programmes.
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Tickets: R10 per garden or R80 to view all the gardens. Children under 12 are free of charge. Tickets are available at the entrance to each garden. A brochure with full details and addresses is available on the Club’s website.
Enquiries: www.rotarypretoriasunrise.org, Bebe du Raan 082 492 1973, email@example.com; Doreen Gough 082 497 7938, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lucette Wegelin, 163 Anderson Street, Brooklyn
The greenhouses with coconut trees are as interesting as the beautiful clivias and succulents.
Elize de Jong, Las Palmeras, 37 Kesselaar Avenue, Brummeria
Come and explore the garden with the most beautiful and varied bromeliads, staghorn ferns and cycads, set amongst streams for the koi.
Marilyn Penny, 328 Alpine Way, Lynnwood
This fabulous modern garden has been given new additions so there is even more to gaze at.
Herculine Retief, 476 The Wishbone North, Lynnwood
This quiet little garden is beautifully cared for by the owners.
Bebe du Raan, 25C Farmer’s Folly, Lynnwood
Pop in at the tea garden, set amidst tall trees in an old Lynnwood garden, for delicious muffins, tea and coffee, and surprise music to entertain you.
Catherine Hobson and Tyrone Morris, 109 Farnham Road, Manor Estate
This neatly manicured garden is set on the bank of the Moreleta Spruit and surrounds an interesting house created by the owners. Manor Estate is a closed area in Lynnwood Manor and access is only via the security gate at the junction of Ringwood and Sanlam roads.
Alda de Wet, 71 Farnham Road, Manor Estate
This big forested garden slopes down to the Moreleta Spruit. Caution is needed on steep paths, but it’s definitely worth a visit. Manor Estate is a closed area in Lynnwood Manor and access is only via the security gate at the junction of Ringwood and Sanlam roads.
Toy Meyer, 5 and 6 Condon Lane, Pierre van Ryneveld Park
Toy Meyer, 8 Martin Road, Pierre van Ryneveld Park
These gardens have beautiful lawns, swimming facilities and interesting corners.
Hester van der Merwe and children, 313 Wolf Street, Monument Park
This garden is like a fairy land for gardeners, with a large collection of trees and flowers. Visitors have to walk carefully on the stairs but a tea garden makes it worthwhile.
Giel and Hannetjie Fourie, 97 Skilpad Street, Monument Park
Enjoy the beautiful clivias, orchids and cycads, which are also for sale.