If the weather is bad, put on sensible shoes, bring an umbrella and come anyway. The gardens are not numbered in any order - you may visit as many as you have time for. Numbers 1+2 is on the Western side of George; numbers 3 to 7 on the Eastern side of town and 8 to 10 are more central. First time part of BADISA Open Gardens marked with **
Please note that these gardens are only open on Saturday 11 November from 9 am to 4 pm. Do not disturb the owners/gardeners outside these times. Please respect their properties, do not pick flowers or take cuttings/slips. Do not bring pets. Children under parental supervision please.
1. JILL AND ALLAN’S FARM GARDEN
Directions: off Geelhoutboom. Turn right onto the Geelhoutboom Road. You will pass a café on the left, the Geelhoutboom Primary school, Valcor Farm; veer right at the T-junction just past Uitsig Onthale – you will see the Open Garden signage and balloons on the right. Tel 071 4428 362.
Description: This smallholding garden has matured substantially since it was included previously. They have lovely terraced garden paths meandering along a koi pond, water features, a rockery and other garden features. They have planted over 200 trees.
2. A PLANT COLLECTOR'S GARDEN.
Directions: 36 Stander Street, Bergsig. (From York Street circle) Drive along Knysna Rd/N12/N9 towards Garden route mall. Turn left onto First Street at Nando’s. Go straight on through Stop Street, through circle and turn right at T-junction in front of Oompie Meyer hostel into Stander Street. Destination will be on the left. Tel 071 4419132.
Description: The garden is a smorgasbord of seeding flowers, vegetables, fruit and insects for the birdlife. There is an interesting perennial collection, orchard, vegetable and herb garden. There are several large trees on the property (circa 1861) The Blue Gum in front of the house is the second tallest tree in George. Every year the Benkensteins embark on some major garden project – look out for the air plant balls on the back porch.
3. A LARGE SMALLHOLDING GARDEN.
Directions: 13 Glenwood Avenue. (From Glenwood High school) Drive east along Glenwood Avenue, past Glenwood High School. The Garden is on your left. Tel 082 8513332.
Description: This is a large romantic garden with distinct garden 'rooms', a formal vegetable garden, a forest walk lined with indigenous lilies of Crinum Moorei, the most beautiful rose garden (which will unfortunately not be at its prime on the 8th October), a dam and beautiful mature trees.
4. A DROUGHT RESISTANT GARDEN **
5. A LARGE GARDEN IN KRAAIBOSCH ESTATE **
6. RETIREMENT LIVING GARDEN **
7. THE TEENY TINY GARDEN **
8. THE SECRET GARDEN **
10. THE VEGETARIAN’S GARDEN **
This December we visited the quaint little town of Elim and found this delightful garden with a Biblical theme behind the church.
Please contact Philda (email@example.com) if you would like to include your garden in a George Open Garden for Charity event.
On Saturday 21 October 2017 Desmond and Philda Benkenstein (from George) had the privilege to visit the Noordhoek Open gardens in Cape Town.
As can be expected, there was a strong emphasis on gardens that are drought resistant and indigenous plants featured prominently.The following gallery features gardens designed by Noordhoek based Landscape designer, Tone Alexander. See www.tonealexander.co.za
Do save the date for the George Open Gardens on the 11th of November 2017.
The lovely rain we had over the last week has given us renewed hope for the gardens. Some inspiration: