Open Gardens 2019 Poster


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Open Gardens – 2019 Friday 18th 2 pm – 6 pm Saturday 19th 9 am to 5 pm


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.

Proceeds from the ticket and plant sales are donated to food garden projects with proven track records and sustainable mission statements like  The SOZO foundation and Soil for Life.               
Tickets also available at the gate of the advertised gardens on the day.



Constantia Valley Open Gardens – 2016



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.

Sally’s Constantia garden

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

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Amanda’s garden

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 –

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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 suburban garden


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.



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                                                                                    2019                                                                                                                                         Friday 18th October from 2 pm to  6 pm                                                    Saturday 19th October  9 am  to 5 pm