franschhoek open garden festival

Franschhoek Open Garden Festival 2021

Friday 29 – Sunday 31 October

Variety is the main attraction of the Franschhoek Open Garden Festival. We offer gardens that range from small village gardens to beautiful large farm gardens. Every year we try to bring you some new and exciting gardens. This year we have eleven gardens on show: five new gardens, four that have only been on once before and two favourites that have been on show regularly.

Other attractions include teas and wine tasting in some of the gardens. Artwork will also be on display in some of the gardens.

Jeanne Roux, our local protea and fynbos expert, will be giving fascinating talks on flower arranging using Franschhoek flora, unique protea varieties found in our valley, as well as propagating and growing proteas and fynbos for your garden.

Time: 10:00 – 17:00

Entrance: R200 per person to see all the gardens for the whole weekend. Tickets will be available at La Motte Wine Estate and in the Main Street in Franschhoek. Brochures will have a detailed map of all the gardens.

We prefer visitors to not bring their animals with them as it can lead to conflict with some of the home owners’ pets.

All proceeds will go to Fleur de Lis Home for the Aged and to buy medical equipment for our local Emergency Response services.

Visitors can also enjoy the many spectacular gardens of the wine estates around Franschhoek. These are open to the public all year round.

Enquiries: glyndajacobs@gmail.com, pat01jacobs@gmail.com, cdy@telkomsa.net or gardnerjandb@gmail.com.

Contact Franschhoek Tourism on 021 876 2861 for information regarding accommodation, restaurants and other Franschhoek activities.

Montpellier – Jacqueline Crewe Brown

Indigenous material has been used creatively on rocky inhospitable soil. With a sloping mountain backdrop, this garden includes a lovely walk across the stream to the magnificent main garden. There is a stone pathway leading to a beautiful viewpoint. 

La Motte – Hanalie Rupert

This is a lovely rose garden that includes the namesake of its owner. The traditional layout of pathways and fountains is surrounded by indigenous shrubberies and fruit trees.

16 Roux Street – Pat and Glynda Jacobs

The English-styled front border bursting with blooms softens the stately façade and contrasts with the formal garden surrounding the pool. The massed ‘Iceberg’ roses, carefully trimmed climbers and edgings are a feast for the eyes.

Artemis House – Andrea Desmond Smith

This is a wild indigenous garden set in a natural landscape. It offers energetic walking or a slow stroll. Beautiful ponds, vibrant colours, succulent layouts, sculptures, unique features and surprise elements are to be spotted around every corner.  

Iris Cottage – Barbara and John Gardener 

Water tanks catching every drop of rain, lots of colourful pots and the artificial lawn are a backdrop to the beautiful flower beds always full of interest and colour. The clever water-wise aspect is an example to all gardeners. 

Laymorlay – Tim Leslie

This estate garden is dominated in the front by two stately trees, beneath which the most beautiful views unfold. The garden itself is wrapped around the house and the many shades of green form pleasing patterns. Pots are used to bring pops of colour.

La Sereine – Dennis Holtz

Dennis has used the garden as a palette, painting sweeping areas with a fynbos walk up to a stylish vegetable garden containing exotic fruit and vegetables. The front area sways with grasses and indigenous plantings with a spectacular vista laid out before you.  

Riverine – Caroline Wheeler

When entering this garden, the surprise is in the clever layout of pathways with every corner revealing something new and different. It has the excitement of feeling wild but controlled. This challenging new garden is full of amazing spaces. The formal courtyard is unexpected but complements the house and the rest of the garden.

La Brie – Jane Landau 

Rolling lawns, old oaks and wide borders. A pretty potager garden combines beautiful rose arbours with herbs and veggies. There is an ageless serenity in strolling across the lawns in this historical garden.

Franschhoek Manor – Christine 

This is a large quite formal garden laid out along the Franschhoek river.  The garden is dominated by mature trees, beautiful rose arbours and wisteria gazebos. This is a truly romantic garden with a restful walk along the banks of the river.

Farm Lorraine, Verdun Road – Beth and Bernie Cox 

This is almost a secret garden, a charming surprise. Beautifully situated on the mountain slopes with a pathway around the lake, forest pathways, arbours and a hedged garden.  There are also an orchard and a vegetable garden. Every corner reveals a feast for the eyes.

Le Chambray, Green Valley Road – Jacques Botha

This estate garden is only four years old and is an ongoing creation of the heart and soul. The garden and mountain views are breath-taking, with interesting plantings, large indigenous areas, a beautiful lake and many garden ‘rooms’ to explore.

Le Poirer, Dirkie Uys Street – Paula Disberry 

A ‘food’ garden using regenerative techniques brings life back to the soil of this former pear orchard. The palisaded pears provide privacy and act as a framework for the planting of organic fruit, vegetables, nuts and herbs. Celebrity hens, rabbits and alpacas roam the garden, working with wildlife to produce food as nature intended.

Lemon Tree Corner, 57 Huguenot Street – Brian and Marilyn Moore

Winding pathways lead you to different rooms within the garden walls. The emphasis is on textures and shades of grey and green interspersed with yellow, orange and purple, and the garden is easy on the eye all year round. The extensive lawn has been entirely replanted with lippia (daisy lawn). This water-wise garden is born out of the recent drought, and the surviving plant material provides the frame around which the garden of fynbos and succulents was built.

Parkview Garden, 7 Roux Street – Helen Siebert

Parkview Garden complements the Victorian-styled house. Hydrangeas and roses thrive thanks to the borehole water. There is no formality about this much-loved garden that people can relate to. It shows how pretty plantings and a good eye combine to create pleasing spaces to spend time in.

16 Roux Street – Henk Scholtz

World-renowned garden architect Henk Scholtz has designed a garden with lots of detail and full of surprises, which incorporate his sense of fun. It has geometry written all over it, shapes and levels playing a big part in this small water-wise garden. Featured in the BBC TV programme Around the World in Eighty Gardens.

La Rive, 19 Dirkie Uys Street – Brett Gage

Garden lovers will be pleased that this stunning garden is back on show. On first sight this garden takes your breath away, its vibrant plantings providing a source of inspiration.  Terraces, ponds and pathways lead you into every corner, with each offering a new and delightful vista.

21 Roux Street – Frans and Sareta Schutte

Thought and creativity have been put into this unusual garden. Being on a slope it has been a challenge to landscapers and the intricate terracing is very cleverly constructed. It ranges from clipped formal to unexpected areas of tropical lushness, pleasing the eye at every level.

La Cotte Farm, 24 La Cotte Street

This is a new garden on a landscaped historical estate. The old homestead is surrounded by rolling hills and old oaks. There is a sweep of shrubs, colourful plantings and veggies, leading to the old dovecot, now a chicken coop.  There is a lot to see, including cottage gardens and a pool courtyard.