the long garden

The Long 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

the long garden

The Long Garden

Joan and John Barnes

A new arbour of frost-hardy heritage roses at the end of this 100 x 20m erf called The Long Garden creates a visual ‘destination’ and party spot – an innovation to the original design with its moon gate and meandering lawn/pathway flanked by broad beds. New secondary paths emphasise the patterns of massed planting transitions. 

Cradock Street Entrance: R10 
GPS: -32.678397, 26.084342
Time to view: 30 minutes 
Why visit: Design evolution, outdoor lifestyle 

  • Refreshments
  • Art