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Carel describes his garden as ‘informal, wild, a touch eccentric – mostly indigenous with a smattering of exotic visitors.’ He only began serious gardening when he and his wife moved from ‘up country’ into their Cape Town house and is now so passionate he finds it hard to resist buying new and interesting plants – as can be seen in the selection on the table. It’s a small, very natural lawn-less garden through which paths meander. A stepping stone path leads through a mini forest to an open sunny area where succulents and aloes predominate. Further on is a fynbos area which leads to a wooden deck overlooking a spectacular eco -swimming pool set against the back drop of Constantiaberg.






Christine, a member of Flourish Garden Club, is a keen gardener who professes to be a novice not realising how much she has absorbed about plants and gardening from her mother! She has a way with plants which respond to her touch. Hanging baskets, with fuchsias and pelargoniums, are star performers in her small suburban garden which contains an eclectic range of plants – from those one associates with English cottage gardens like roses, larkspur and delphiniums to more lush plantings which give a tropical look around her small swimming pool. She feeds her plants regularly with a wide range of products including rabbit droppings and worm tea and spends may hours pottering in the potting area growing plants from slips and seeds.

At the end of summer Christine  made a few minor changes to the shape of the front border  before cleaning it out  and digging in compost.  She has now added  some standard roses and planted her pansies.




Anthea’s garden.



Anthea is an amateur gardener who has become an ‘avid’ gardener since joining the CVGC, less than a year ago, in September 2015. She is being ably assisted by her retired husband Peter whose enthusiasm for building structures and creating features is inspirational. Her’s is a large garden with sweeping lawns bordered by broad beds filled with roses, shrubs, annuals and perennials. The piece de resistance is a woodland walk where shade lovers thrive; you will find some unusual plantings here. There are also a cottage garden and a wagon wheel vegetable garden while a fairy garden, inspired by her granddaughter’s Emilie’s passion for plants and gardening, is in the making. While Anthea loves the beautiful old trees in the garden even though they cast a lot of shade her nemesis is the heavy clay soil which is cold and damp in winter when it also retains a tad too much water.

At present the vegetable garden is a nursery for some of the many plants she has been given or has grown – Every Tuesday  she makes notes about what to do as Jean and Elaine, her mentors – and friends from the garden club, walk around to check out how everything is progressing.

Constantia Valley Open Gardens – THIS WEEKEND.



Saturday  12th Nov    10h00 – 17h30          

Sunday 13th Nov        10h00 – 16h30

ENQUIRES 021 7124561

TICKETS R50.00 or R60.00 on the day

Tickets from:

Peter Gilder- Constantia Shopping Centre. 

Ferndale Nursery  Brommersvlei road. 

Sherwood Hardware Ladies Mile 

The Greenhouse Nursery Montebello in Newlands to be redeemed at 5 Susanne Way

TEA GARDEN  29 Brommaert Avenue

PLANT SALE – 72 Starke Road,  Bergvliet – ‘My Gardening Notebooks’ also available there

PLEASE DROP OFF YOUR old, but still useable gardening tools and implements at the gardens for distribution to Abablimi and Soil for Life

Addresses on reverse of tickets. Maps at gardens



 Their first priority was to identify potential gardens and approach the owners. Many factors need to be taken into consideration including ease of access, space in one for a tea garden and in another for the famous plant sale. They also had gardens across the spectrum- some large and some small, some formal and some informal gardens as well as some pretty and English or ‘cottagey’, some more sophisticated and modern and at least one where indigenous plants predominate. And of course some with interesting features like kitchen or vegetable gardens, water features, fairy gardens for the children.

Although open gardens from previous years are re-visited some years new gardens are always included. As this event has been run for many years most of the members with suitable gardens have already participated.

Fortunately one of newest members, Anthea, ‘volunteered’ her large park like garden.

The younger gardeners from our offspring club ‘Flourish’ were approached again and this year Christine’s small suburban garden will be on show.

The search for another two inspiring gardens has brought us two enthusiastic non-member gardens:

The predominantly indigenous garden of Carel and Bridget’s large Constantia garden.

Opening one’s garden to public scrutiny is daunting, and takes many months of hard work and preparation. Thanks go to these four gardeners.

Once again the money we raise will be donated to food garden projects including Abalimi Bezekhya and Soil for Life.

We offer you gardens which are inspirational and while some will be ‘attainable’ to the average ‘man in the garden’ others are gardens you can dream about aspiring to.

Photo.  Taken by Carel in his garden.