Sat 26 Oct – Sun 27 Oct


Sat 2 Nov – Sun 3 Nov • 10am to 5pm



We are currently updating (and restructuring) the site with new information for 2019 and will be making frequent changes and corrections over the next week or two.


The 2019 dates will be

 26-27 October

2-3 November



Abbreviations used :

W = Wheelchair friendly

PW= Partly Wheelchair friendly

In 2019 there will be 8 open gardens in the Elgin 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.

  •  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, such as Japanese maples, rhododendrons and other choice perennials, trees and shrubs.
  • Many gardens are also offering teas and light meals , in addition to the many other restaurants and food gardens in the area. The local charity Siphila Sonke, will be serving teas and lunches at Keurbos Nursery Garden and at Carmel Farm , both on the Highlands Rd.
    • Full details with a map are in a free leaflet  downloadable here . The leaflet itself can also be picked up at any major Western Cape nursery from early September on. On the Open Days, they will always be available in the  Elgin area at Sithanda Nursery, Peregrine Farm Stall and the Orchard Farm Stall.

This is the 17th year of the Elgin Open Gardens scheme. So far the winter rains have filled most of our smaller dams, and with our heavier, cooler, wetter soils we think we have survived the drought better than most. We continue to be vigilant in not wasting water, and many of us have adapted our plantings for a drier future. Luckily our present and past farmers had the foresight to build dams to secure their futures, and we are grateful to them for that, and these enable us to grow a wider range of plants than most for our pleasure and your enjoyment.

Most gardens do not allow dogs. Please ask the owner’s permission
before you bring yours.

All gardens are giving a proportion of their takings to charities
of their choice.

Email: info@elginopengardens.co.za
Barbara Knox-Shaw:
021 844 0154 / 078 021 2101
Jessie Walton:
083 458 3790