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 prebooking is needed, and there is no single ticket for all gardens.
Enquiries: 021 844 0154, 078 021 2101, 083 458 3790, email@example.com
Fresh Woods is a rambling, romantic plantsman’s garden with major collection of heritage and species roses, many rare trees and shrubs, some wild-collected, including rhododendrons, serrata and wild hydrangeas, deutzias and over 80 Japanese maples. There are also collections of cyclamen, epimediums and lilies, and a woodland garden under pine. Bamboo walk.
Directions: Off the N2 between the Viljoenshoop and Glen Fruin turnoffs
Entrance: R40, children 2 – 12 half price.
GPS: -34.1707916, 19.0419520
Time to view: 1 hour
Why visit: Rambling romantic plantsman’s garden
- Wheelchair friendly/Not wheelchair friendly: Partly
- Plant sales: Yes
- Refreshments available: Tea and scones
WFRS Award of Garden Excellence 2003. Featured in Remarkable Gardens of SA (2012); Gardens to Inspire (2013), Veld, Vlei & Rose Gardens (2011) and Old Roses: Survival & Revival in SA (2015).