The SA Rosarium
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 SA Rosarium
Stockholm Street, Bedford
Gwen Fagan, the doyenne of heritage roses, was instrumental in setting up The SA Rosarium, a living archive of South Africa’s old roses. Visit this unique garden and be beguiled by the roses of old. Their tenacity at having survived through the ages is only just eclipsed by their beauty and fragrance. Visitors are welcome throughout the year, not only to appreciate the cupped blooms of fragrance, but to purchase a rose (or two!) ensuring continuity of our Heritage Roses.
Time to view: 45 minutes
Why visit: Historical value, unique, roses for sale.
Enquiries: Dr DJ Comyn 083 261 8037
- Refreshments will be available over the two weekends.
- Wheelchair friendly.
- Plant sales