Footpaths Through the Forest at Vasewold

Hoekwil Open Gardens

Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 November

Hoekwil village, 7km inland of Wilderness, has become known over the last 8 years for showcasing country gardening with a twist. With a backdrop of the Outeniqua Mountains, the sea and lakes, these large gardens lend themselves to sweeping expanses of colourful flowerbeds, from formal to natural indigenous. Ponds, dams and unusual water features add interest to the mass planting of roses, aloes and succulents, with pathways leading through forests. Hoekwil is a popular destination for visitors looking for beautiful scenery, interesting eateries, quaint nurseries and a laid-back atmosphere. 

Times: 09:00 –16:00

Entrance: R50 per person for both days. Children free.

Tickets are available on the days at a kiosk outside the Hoekwil Post Office in Kerkstraat. Look out for signage.

Enquiries: Magda: 073 174 4186, magdavz@netactive.co.za; Dalene: 082 561 4784, dstrauss@tisco.co.za; Jenny: 082 497 3741, jennyhoekwil@gmail.com

Footpaths through the forest at Vasewold

Terry and Jenny Lamont-Smith, Vasewold, Blompot Street

Vasewold is a large informal country garden and is a colourful rural retreat with indigenous trees a feature. It is park-like with sweepings lawns and large beds, featuring a wide variety of shrubs, flowers, succulents and aloes. There are paths aplenty here: you can stroll around a graceful eco pool and to secret gardens, or to a dam and secluded corners like the tranquil bonsai garden. The olive labyrinth with dramatic mountain views offers quiet reflection as you meander. For the more adventurous, there is a trail through the indigenous forest, which has over 30 species. 

GPS: -33.966167, 22.605556

  • Wheelchair friendly.