Bedford Country Gardens
22 – 24 October and 5 – 7 November
Coming back stronger, with an increased emphasis on the joys (and safety) of outdoor living, Bedford’s 17 Country Gardens will all be open for two weekends this year.
There’s lots of good news from a district famous for resilience. Four new gardens are opening for the first time and two favourites that have been closed for several years are re-opening. Taking advantage of the hiatus last year, gardeners at the district’s traditional favourites have used the time to make changes and additions to landscaping and plantings, several showing the influence of park and prairie, with a preference for broader recreation spaces.
In spite of extremely harsh weather conditions, Bedford’s passionate gardeners radiate the same optimism and determination as the roses that flourish here. Heritage Roses will be on sale at the SA Rosarium and general plant sales at many gardeners as well as at The Duke and Eagle Hout Nursery.
The ‘fringe’ programmes for the two weekends have been balanced so there will be two Church Bazaars, two VIP speakers, two open golf competitions, two Sunday midday concerts, and two chances to do our new forest walks, for example.
Visitors can count on relaxed country hospitality and masses of regional food along with wine and spirit tastings throughout.
Enquiries: Facebook and www.bedford.co.za
Ria and Henry Moolman
A true treasure hiding in the mountains awaits you at Belmont Gardens. Ria makes use of nature’s elements with masses of roses softening the stone and river pebbles. Registered cycads, a generator, sun and wind power as well as a ‘donkey’ for hot water all make for a must-see garden. A true piece of heaven!
Directions: Travel on the Tarkastad Road via Baviaans River gravel road. Pass the imposing white church and 1820 Settlers stone church on your right. Just 2km after the church is a board indicating Belmont Farm.
GPS: -32.439489 25.935714
Time to view: 1 hour
Why visit: Educational, unique and amazing vistas.
- Plants for sale
- Picnics welcome