No­ord­hoek is ‘house and vil­lage proud’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - JAN CRONJE

RES­I­DENTS of No­ord­hoek will open their gar­dens to the pub­lic next week­end, for the sec­ond an­nual No­ord­hoek Open Gar­dens.

The pub­lic will be able to stroll through 14 gar­dens over Satur­day and Sun­day be­tween 10am and 4pm.

Each day, 10 gar­dens will open their gates.

The open day is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween No­ord­hoek Tourism and On The Verge, a com­mu­nity green­ing and gar­den­ing pro­ject.

Kathy Fish, founder of On The Verge, said No­ord­hoek’s res­i­dents were “house proud and vil­lage proud”.

There are four cat­e­gories of gar­dens on show: large, medium, food and indige­nous.

“In No­ord­hoek, you get a lot of indige­nous gar­dens with prop­er­ties that are full sun,” said Fish.

Lo­cal Girl Guides will help by sell­ing tick­ets at en­trances. It costs R25 to en­ter each gar­den. Day passes cost R100, and al­low en­trance to all 10 gar­dens for one day. Chil­dren un­der 18 en­ter free.

All pro­ceeds go to­wards On the Verge.

Fish, who started the non­profit com­mu­nity or­gan­isa- tion seven years ago, said it em­ploys four gar­den­ers from Masi­phumelele. Ev­ery Wed­nes­day, a gar­den­ing team tends the verges of road­sides, traf­fic cir­cles and com­mons.

The gar­den­ers, in­clud­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers, also clear alien veg­e­ta­tion and keep walk­ing and rid­ing paths free from over­growth.

On The Verge, which re­ceives fi­nanc­ing from lo­cal spon­sors, had planted more than over 100 trees and “beau­ti­fied” 28 verges, said Fish.

En­trance fees from last year’s No­ord­hoek Open Gar­dens raised funds for a trailer and water car­rier, which helped the road­side gar­dens make it through the dry and windy sum­mer months.

No­ord­hoek Open Gar­dens takes place next Satur­day and Sun­day from 10am to 4pm. Visit­ord­hoek­tourism. for a map and fur­ther de­tails.


Kathy Fish, founder of On The Verge, re­laxes in her No­ord­hoek gar­den. Next week­end 14 No­ord­hoek gar­dens will be open to the pub­lic.

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