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2014

10am - 5pm
Sat 2 & Sun 2 November
Sat 8 & Sun 9 November

Open Gardens

1 Lothian

2 Palmiet River

3 Oak Valley Flowers

4 Fresh Woods

5 Belfield Wine Estate

6 Fairholme

7 Lavenham

8 Almenkerk Wine Estate

9 Keurbos Nursery Garden

10 Auldearn

11 Kromme Rivier

12 Lorraine Farm

13 Iona

14 South Hill

15 Wildekrans Country House

16 Houw Hoek Outspan

17 Beaumont Wines

18 Basterkloof

19 Goedvertrouw

20 Boesmansrug

Enquiries

Email: info@elginopengardens.co.za

Barbara Knox-Shaw: 021 844 0154 / 078 021 2101
Jessie Walton 083 458 3790
Free leaflets with map can be found at most nurseries in the Western Cape. Also at Sithanda Nursery (at Peregrine) and farm stalls in the Elgin area. Downloads from the leaflet below.

 

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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 hour’s 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.

Many gardens 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 Viljoenshoop Road.

Other events 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 planning events.

Full details 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.

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