Elgin Open Gardens Festival
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.
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Elgin Valley Tourism 071 572 7117 email@example.com www.elginvalley.co.za