eildon farm garden

Eildon Farm Garden

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

Eildon Farm Garden

Taryn and David Pringle, and their four children, Ella, Hannah, Luke and Sophie. 

Eildon Farm Garden is a soft, tranquil space and a sharp contrast to the rugged and harsh countryside surrounding it. The garden mirrors the formality of the seventh-generation homestead, although planting within the beds is informal. Mass planting is seen throughout. The garden is made up of six distinct rooms: the main entrance area, the sunken rose garden, the white room, the pool room, the park area and the orangery. 

GPS: -32.415668, 26.071334
Entrance: R20
Time to view: 45 minutes
Why visit: Historic, formal design, informal planting 

  • Plant sales
  • Lunch, wine and lemon syrup 
  • Picnics welcome