It’s time for Noordhoek open gardens

Nineteen gardens can this year be explored at the Noordhoek Open Gardens weekend.

Noordhoek Open Gardens will take place on Saturday October 22 and Sunday October 23 to give garden enthusiasts an opportunity to stroll through, and enjoy, 19 gardens.

The open gardens initiative was started by Kathy Fish in collaboration with Noordhoek Tourism to bring tourists and visitors to Noordhoek and has been a regular institution for the past seven years.

Gardens will be open from 10am to 4pm and visitors will have to opportunity to visit large, medium and small gardens, food gardens, and indigenous gardens.

Money raised from ticket sales will go to the local community greening and gardening project, On The Verge, founded by Ms Fish 12 years ago.

Ms Fish said there will be something for everyone, indigenous, exotic, sun-loving, shade gardens, formal, and food gardens, large and small.

“Make a weekend of it and book a stay at one of the gorgeous B&Bs in Noordhoek to make more time to explore the gardens,” she said.

Visitors can expect workshops and demonstrations on propagating clivias and pruning bonsais and will be able to buy veggie plugs, plants, and garden accessories and enjoy tea, coffee, and cake at many of the gardens.

In addition to viewing the gardens, the Noordhoek Environmental Action Group (NEAG), an action group that aims to protect and improve the Noordhoek environment, will be doing tours of the Chapman’s Peak Nature Sanctuary and visitors can learn about eco-systems that once covered large parts of Noordhoek. The tours will take place at 11am and 3pm on both days.

Tickets cost R25 for a single entry, R150 for a day pass, and R250 for a weekend pass.

Entry for children under 18 is free and there is a pensioners’ discount. Tickets are available at Noordhoek Tourism or on entry at any of the gardens.

For more information visit noordhoektourism.co.za or call 072 574 6608.