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, info@elginopengardens.co.za
Website: www.elginopengardens.co.za


Sonop is a new 3ha section of old south-facing contoured farmland, which is being slowly rehabilitated with indigenous planting. Just about everything has been  propagated by the owner herself, who gardens this singlehandedly. Bring walking shoes if you would like to see a work in progress. Lovely views onto a bird lake, with a walkway on one side. Huge variety of choice indigenous shrubs, perennials and bulbs, many local to the area and some very rare. 

Directions: 8km from N2 on Highlands Rd.
Entrance: Included with Keurbos
GPS: -34.221352, 19.058320
Time to view: 1 hour
Why visit: Rewilded contoured hillside project

  • Wheelchair friendly/Not wheelchair friendly: Partly
  • Picnic site: Yes