As a result of the ‘drought’ of the past few years we skipped having open gardens last year but will be running them once again this October. We have selected 4 amazing gardens which show a variety of practical approaches to sensible water management which we hope will inspire you to keep gardening !
Tickets R70 bought in advance / R80 on the day (on sale NOW)
- Ferndale Nursery: Brommersvlei Rd, Constantia
- The Greenhouse Nursery: Montebello, Newlands Ave
- Sherwood hardware: Ladies Mile, Bergvliet
- Peter Gilder : Constantia Village
- Contact (021) 712 5668 or 082 502 2060
This year tickets include barista coffee, or tea, from the SOZO baristas and homemade cake served in the ‘tea’ garden.
We will also be running our renown and ever popular PLANT SALE sale of unusual plants propagated and grown by members of the garden clubs.
Saturday 12th Nov 10h00 – 17h30
Sunday 13th Nov 10h00 – 16h30
ENQUIRES 021 7124561
TICKETS R50.00 or R60.00 on the day
Peter Gilder- Constantia Shopping Centre.
Ferndale Nursery Brommersvlei road.
Sherwood Hardware Ladies Mile
The Greenhouse Nursery Montebello in Newlands
http://www.webtickets.co.za 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.
This year again we are all busy potting up plants. Some made wreaths and macrame hangers. We have a few delicious goodies and books…… Come and look!
The view from this garden of the back of table mountain is simple spectacular but the garden is so interesting that the eye is constantly being drawn back to the garden itself!
A vast terraced lawn for the children to play on gives way to a carpet of interlinking rectangles of shrubs, predominantly of fynbos, through which you can wander on a raised board walk. There is also a child’s dream play area (sadly not to be used by visiting children but you will get some wonderful ideas for your own garden from it) and a forest of young indigenous trees, water features as well as a formal vegetable garden which supplies the family and an orchard
This is the garden to go to first if there are plants you are after- as this is where we are holding our PLANT SALE –
But do allow time to wander around the rest of her garden as it is so cool and has the most wonderful restful and relaxing feel to it. This is due in part to the unusual colour of the walls of the house and boundary. It is also surrounded by trees growing on the pavement which enclose it and help give it atmosphere. Amanda has managed to garden amazingly well under their shade and copes with their roots!
Although green and grey predominate there are pops of colour with each season and its so interesting to see what has survived – and even flourished in our drought as she only put in a borehole recently.
Angela’s small, lawn-less garden is an inspiration to all who see it. It is planted up mainly with indigenous plants and an wonderful selection of colourful succulents.
Some parts of the garden are totally reliant on rain, others are watered with rain water collected from the roof, and a small patch with washing machine and shower water. She has propagates many of the plants herself, grows her own vegetables and has a working beehive.