Helderberg Hospice Open Gardens 2020
10 – 11 October 2020
11 Gardens in and around the Helderberg will be open to the public on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October 2020, to benefit Helderberg Hospice. We have a lovely variety of gardens for you to appreciate and enjoy. Strict Covid-19 protocols will be observed at all of the gardens, so remember to wear your masks. All monies raised go to funding our specialised service of care to all in the Helderberg basin facing the challenge of a life-threatening illness.
Gardens will be open from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Tickets can be purchased from Helderberg Hospice, 21 Old Stellenbosch Rd, Somerset West between 9:00am – 4:00pm on Friday 9 October 2020, Saturday 10 October, and Sunday 11 October. R90 gives you access to all 11 gardens. For security purposes, the addresses of the private open gardens as well as the accompanying map will only be available from Friday, 9 October 2020.
Some of the gardens will be offering tea and eats, or make a stop at our recommended tea and lunch stops. There is food for the soul in all the gardens; come and relish the beauty of the gardens that grow in the shadow of the Helderberg, drink in the views and be revived by the peace of a place shared by others who care, not only for their plants, but also for the patients of Helderberg Hospice.
Visit helderberghospice.org.za or Celestine on 021 852 4608
This Japanese inspired garden has a poignant history in that it was planted as a joyful reminder of the owners’ son, Robert, who succumbed to Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2017. He was just 26 years old. Robert loved all things Oriental, and on the first birthday after his passing (a birthday which he shared with his Mom), his family bought a bonsai tree that had been planted in his birth year (1990) in his memory. This initiated the creation of this beautiful space, which is truly a celebration of life. One of the loveliest features in this special garden is the Koi Pond. Carefully placed Buddha’s and several beautifully maintained bonsai trees enhance the peace and tranquillity of the garden, whilst another distinguishing feature is the prolific herb and vegetable garden. Robert was an Animator, and his sister Terry created the Minion #Robrocks which depicted his fun, loving and mischievous nature. The #Robrocks have travelled all over the world – there are around 500 or so out there. Terry doesn’t hide them herself, but makes them for travellers far and wide. A few have been placed locally (one of them in the Hospice Garden), but she mainly makes them for other people to take on their journeys around the world. Anyone who finds one, is asked to post the find on Instagram or facebook with the tag #Robrocks, and then to re-hide the rock. Do take the time to like the Facebook page “RobRocks Memory Rocks for Robert McEwan”, then see if you can find the memory rock in the Helderberg Hospice Garden of Remembrance!