Elgin Open Gardens

Saturday 30 – Sunday 31 October and Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 November

Nine gardens are opening over two weekends in the Elgin District, which is renowned for its cooler climate and heavy fertile soils, its apples and wines. These gardens range from long-established country gardens to newly created wilding projects on steep hillsides. 

Times: 9:30 – 17:00
Entrance: Each garden has its own entrance charge. Some are free, with charity boxes. Tickets are only available on the day at each entrance. No pre-booking is needed, and there is no single ticket for all gardens.
Enquiries: 021 844 0154, 078 021 2101, 083 458 3790, info@elginopengardens.co.za
Website: www.elginopengardens.co.za


Auldearn is a plantswoman’s hilltop garden that skilfully mixes unusual indigenous and exotic plants, with a focus on colour combinations. Panoramic views over the Kogelberg biosphere are framed by informal mixed plantings dominated by flowering cherries and roses. It also features two ponds and a stream.

Directions: 8.5km from N2 on Highlands Rd
GPS: -34.236314, 19.037700
Entrance: R35
Time to view: 1 hour
Why visit: Colourful plantwoman’s hilltop garden 

  • Wheelchair friendly: Partly
  • Plant sales: Yes
  • Refreshments available: Teas
  • Picnic site: Yes

Other information: Featured on TV, in House and Leisure and SA Gardening.