THE 2016 Plant Sale will take place at Christine’s garden. More details to follow.
Hohenfelde, off Klein Constantia Road, Constantia.
(Follow the signs at the Buitenverwachting turn-off at the end of Klein Constantia Road.)
You must have a ticket to access the plant sale. Tickets are sold at each garden gate or available in advance (click the ticket link above for more info).
The Plant Sale has proved one of the most popular features of OGC. Our gardeners often grow unusual plants that are hard to find at nurseries.
From the exotic to the indigenous: walking irises, white foxgloves, unusual toad lilies, staghorn pups, hard-to-find snail vines, hybrid Abutilons from an unusual collection in Bergvliet, a sought-after old pink Constantia rose, indigenous Hermannia groundcover, frost-edged Pelargonium, kruidjie-roer-my-nie and striking Mickey Mouse bushes rub shoulders and wait for new homes.
Plants offered for sale are very healthy and have been nurtured for many months, sometimes years, by members of the three garden clubs that organize OGC. Many are propagated from cuttings from these private gardens, and others have been bought as seedlings and coaxed to more mature growth.
For four days prior to the sale the Plant Ladies take delivery of plants from garden club members, group them, sort them and move them yet again, so it will be easy for you to find what you are looking for.
Plants are grouped according to type. First there are the rare plants which you are not likely to find in nurseries, like Maureen’s pink rose and Lyn’s abutilons. Then you will find sections of shrubs, trees, perennials and shade plants grouped in either exotic or indigenous sections. We also have succulents, herbs and vegetables and some beautiful hanging baskets.
All are named on labels stuck in the pots, some with extra details about size, flower colour and so on. You will also find the price label stuck in the pots.
Also on sale will be second had gardening books and our My Gardening Notebooks and of course tickets the raffle, where the first prize is Marijke Honig’s gorgeous new hardcover, Indigenous Plant Palettes (Quivertree).
***While we don’t have dozens of each plant available, the way a commercial nursery might, and cannot guarantee that we will have enough supply of one plant to satisfy demand *** we are sure you will find something that you decide you cannot live without. And perhaps something that you have never found anywhere else, before!
Follow the link for more about plants offered at the Open Gardens Constantia Plant Sale.
Photos: Marianne Alexander, Marie Viljoen