fair holt farm

Fair Holt Farm

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

Fair Holt Farm

Lucy and Oggie Pringle

A new garden has been established around the original homestead of Fair Holt Farm. The entrance gate leads you up a wide drive bordered by agapanthus, plumbagoes, salt bush and succulents, opening up to a formal area established in 2019. The garden is low maintenance, water-wise and dominated by indigenous plants as well as salt bush, which has a long history of traditional use in the area. The garden has a mixture of formal areas and wilder planting, and most of the plants in this garden were propagated from existing plants or grown from seed. 

Entrance: R10 for charity
Directions: Take the R63 towards Cradock. After 10km, turn right towards Tarkastad. After 18,5km, turn left at the white sign ‘WD Pringle’ and drive through a drift. Continue for 5km and park outside the second driveway. 
Time to view: 30 minutes
Why visit: New, water-wise and indigenous

  • Wheelchair friendly (yes, if wheelchair can go over a grid, otherwise we do have an alternate entrance).
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments available
  • Picnics allowed