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The Orchards

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 Orchards

Liesl and Graeme Brown

Graeme and Liesl are your hosts at The Orchards, a tranquil farm. Their garden is an informal country garden that springs to life with an abundance of colour in the spring, continuing through to the warm summer months. Graced by beautiful old oak trees, the homestead enjoys breath-taking mountain views over lush kikuyu pastures. The farmyard itself is a hive of activity that bantams, ducks, bunnies, horses, cats, dogs and busy children get to call home. 

Directions: From Bedford, take the R63 towards Cradock, turn left onto the N10 to Cookhouse. Turn right onto R63 and after 21km turn right at sign GLEN AVON B&B. 6,5 km of good gravel road.
Entrance: R20
Time to view: 45 mins
Why visit: Breath-taking views, beautiful roses and farmyard pets. 

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Plants, herbs and trees for sale
  • Picnics welcome