Escape to the Country with Harcourts Open Midlands Gardens
Saturday 16 October – Sunday 21 November
We are happy to invite you to Escape to the Country and visit our glorious Midlands gardens, from Hilton to Richmond and Mooi River.
Time: 09:00 – 17:00 with a few exceptions – check the schedule.
Entrance: Charities will benefit from the entrance cost of R10 per garden.
Enquiries: Jackie on 082 924 5892, email@example.com
Nottingham Road and Balgowan
Sunday 31 October
A stunning transformation is in progress, which you must see, and it will be ready in time for Open Gardens. The Blueberry Café garden is mainly focused on vegetable, herb and salad production for the café. These are grown in attractive stone or wooden- pole raised beds. A new stone and glass hothouse has been constructed which will produce that is needed, even in the depths of the Midlands cold, wet climate. Fruit is now grown on a large scale – lemons, kiwi fruit and strawberries – while espaliered fruit such as plums and apples make an attractive foil. Blueberries are grown for the café’s jams and sauces. They grow the biggest pumpkins ever.
On a clear day, you can see the Kamberg and Giant’s Castle and other surrounding hills as the Blueberry Café is on top of a hill. Bucolic scenes of grazing cattle please the eye, while guineafowl and peacocks are an attractive sight nearer to the Café itself.
Directions: Take Nottingham Road offramp from the N3. Turn towards Nottingham Road village. Travel approximately 3km, and Blueberry Café is on the left opposite Fordoun Spa
Time to view: 30 minutes
Why visit: Views, greenhouse, veg and herb gardens, lemon orchard and walkway
- Semi Wheelchair friendly
- Dogs allowed
- Refreshments available