In 2014 there will be 20 open gardens in the Elgin,
Vyeboom and Bot River districts over two weekends. These
range from large established country gardens (some over
50 years old), to young, recently planted gardens in villages
and on smallholdings, all in a setting of great natural
beauty an hours drive from Cape Town.
New this year
is Lothian, a very interesting newly established garden
almost entirely surrounded by water. It features a living
wall, ponds and indigenous areas, and is in one of the most
beautiful areas of Elgin, bordering on the Kogelberg reserve.
A number of gardens
will have plants for sale, and some such as Keurbos, Fairholme
and Fresh Woods will be offering unusual and interesting
plants difficult to find elsewhere.
are also offering teas and light meals, in addition to the
many other restaurants and food gardens in the area. One
of the main Elgin charities, Siphila Sonke, will be serving
teas and lunches in the Elgin United Church hall along the
in the district include various art exhibitions, such as
the Elgin Artists Group at Glenbrae, the Wildekrans
summer show which this year features Herman van Nazareth,
and other exhibitions at South Hill and Lavenham. There
are also markets at Terra Madre and Oneiric.
The many wine
estates making up the Elegantly Elgin Wine Route will be
open throughout the entire weekend, and some of them are
with a map are in a free leaflet downloadable on this page.
The leaflet itself can also be picked up at any major Western
Cape nursery from early September on.
This is the 14th
year of the Elgin Open Gardens scheme which has gone from
strength to strength, inspiring other gardeners with the
range of plants that can be grown in the cooler and wetter
climate of Elgin, an area renowned for its fynbos, its apples
and wines, and its nurseries.