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


Barbara and Mike Church

After a lifetime of working in the big cities, Mike and Barbara bought a piece of her ancestral farm and renovated the old stone farmhouse. Lifestyle farming is going well with a productive veggie garden, hens and a dairy cow. 

The Donkerhoek vegetable garden is open for The Bedford Country Gardens and they will be serving teas and coffee accompanied by scones, jam and cream. 

Entrance: Donation towards staff lifestyle and upliftment. 
GPS: -32.648058, 26.177261
Time to view: 30 minutes
Why visit: A vegetable garden with a vista!

  • Wheelchair friendly: ask for assistance. 
  • Seeds will be for sale. Limited varieties. 
  • Refreshments