Elgin Open Gar­dens Fes­ti­val

South African Country Life - - HERITAGE -

This pop­u­lar event has grown to about 20 gar­dens open to the public on the last week­end in Oc­to­ber and the first in Novem­ber each year, on 28-29 Oc­to­ber and 4-5 Novem­ber this year.

Roses do par­tic­u­larly well in the clay soils and cool cli­mate of the Elgin val­ley and are a riot of blooms at this time. Maisie Knox-Shaw’s large coun­try gar­den at Fresh Woods, now in the ca­pa­ble hands of her daugh­ter-in-law Bar­bara, or­gan­iser of Elgin Open Gar­dens, is known for its fine col­lec­tion of her­itage roses, un­usual plants and ram­bling wood­land gar­den, while the gar­den sculp­tures at Wildekrans Coun­try House are al­ways a talk­ing point. Oak Val­ley of­fers tours of its cut-flower green­houses, and smaller gar­dens, such as the Stone Kitchen with its per­ma­cul­ture veg­gie gar­den in Grabouw vil­lage. En­try fees ben­e­fit lo­cal char­i­ties. Ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions range from coun­try ho­tels to com­fort­able self-cater­ing. Laven­der Cot­tages on Cheverells Farm off High­lands Road is a tran­quil spot among ap­ple or­chards with gor­geous views of the Elgin Val­ley.

021 848 9351, kar­in­boome@gmail.com

Elgin Open Gar­dens Fes­ti­val 021 844 0154 info@el­ginopen­gar­dens.co.za www.el­ginopen­gar­dens.co.za

Elgin Val­ley Tourism 071 572 7117 info@el­gin­val­ley.co.za www.el­gin­val­ley.co.za

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