Harcourts Open Midlands Gardens - Hilton: Brooklands Farm

Harcourts Open Midlands Gardens 2022 – Hilton

We are delighted to invite you to a new season of Harcourts Open Midlands Gardens – this year entitled Town and Country as the gardens can be found in Pietermaritzburg, Hilton, Howick and as far as Balgowan, Kamberg, Karkloof and Curry’s Post, Lidgetton and three lovely gardens in the Richmond area.

  • Times: 09:00 – 17:00
  • Entrance: Charities will benefit from R10 per garden
  • Enquiries: Jackie on 082 924 5892, jackie@otterley.com

Brooklands Farm Garden

Saturday 22 – Sunday 23 October

This 50-hectare property overlooks Howick and the Drakensberg. The style is evolving into an indigenous, water-wise garden to attract birds and insects. There are still azaleas and camellias that flower abundantly in spring under the plane-tree-lined entrance driveway. Flowering cherry trees, agapanthus, hydrangeas, salvias, assorted flowering shrubs, aloes and succulents complement one another happily as they share the common space of this country garden. There is a dam as well as a small herd of Nguni cattle, free-ranging chickens, ponies, dogs and a few beehives.

  • Directions: From N3, take Hilton offramp onto the Hilton College Road in the direction of the Life Hospital. Pass The Avenues shopping centre on the right. Continue approximately 2km and turn right onto D494. Continue to crest of hill, turn right, then take left fork. Brooklands/Farm 6 is signposted and is the third property on the right. Please follow parking signs within the property.

Food and drink

Harcourts Open Midlands Gardens - Hilton: Brooklands Farm
Brooklands Farm Garden

Hill N’ Dale

Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 October

Craig and Mary Anne Elstob Originally an indigenous garden, it underwent a radical transformation after Craig and Mary Anne bought the property in 2016. With Mary Anne’s love of English Country Gardens, she set about putting her own stamp on the property. Now over 250 roses underplanted with beautiful perennials take centre stage – specifically for picking. Even the vegetable garden has been transformed. The result is a billowing plethora of plants and colour.

  • Directions: From the N3 take the Cedara offramp and drive back towards Hilton along Cedara Road. Turn left at the 2nd road on the left, Dale Road, and proceed to No.12 Hill ‘n Dale.

Food and drink

Harcourts Open Midlands Gardens - Hilton: Hill N' Dale
Hill N’ Dale


Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 October and Saturday 5 – Sunday 6 November

Sally Morning 6 Vlei Road, Hilton A country-style garden developed around older trees and shrubs, a mix of planting with around 200 roses, many of them David Austin’s English Roses and Old Garden Roses, with old-fashioned favourites and perennials.

  • Directions: From Pietermaritzburg on the N3, take the Hilton off-ramp (exit 94), turn left and travel through Hilton village to second set of traffic lights at crossroad intersection. Turn right into Cedara Road, first right into Vlei Road and first left into First Lane.
Harcourts Open Midlands Gardens - Hilton: Wyvis

The Midlands Rose Society Heritage Garden

Saturday 5 – Sunday 6 November

Administered by Midlands Rose Society members Garlington Estate, Seeking Road, Hilton

  • Directions: After entering the entrance of Garlington Estate in Seeking Drive, Hilton, drive to the T-junction, straight ahead. At the T-junction, turn right, continue going through another boom and soon after turn right into Karoo Lane. Continue along this road which goes to the right and loops around the buildings which leads to the Rose Garden on the left.

Dogs allowed | Wheelchair access | Picnic spots

Harcourts Open Midlands Gardens - Hilton: Midlands Rose Society
Midlands Rose Society Heritage Garden
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