After months of isolation during Lockdown, garden lovers will again have the opportunity to enjoy a safe open air activity.
The ever-popular Plett Open Garden day, will be held on Saturday 14 November from 10:00 to 16:00. Four lovely gardens will be showcased to raise funds for PAWS whose fundraising activities have been curtailed over the past months. This event usually attracts up to 300 visitors from along the Garden Route and over R40 000 was raised last year.
“We are delighted to welcome so many out of town visitors to our beautiful town every year and to share our hidden gems with them”, said Marsja Hall-Green, organiser.
Ouland Royale Restaurant will again host the PAWS Plant and Cake Sale, with variety of affordable plants and tempting home-baked goodies. This year, a fabulous decorated Christmas cake will be on offer.
Ouland, a special stop-over between gardens, will serve Wilja’s very special scones and tea throughout the day.
Marsja says: “Many of our Plett gardens have been designed to make the most of the spectacular views and are therefore on steep inclines. This makes for interesting gardens, on different levels, but it means that our visitors will have to contend with steps and inclines. We urge everyone to wear comfortable shoes, use walking sticks and to take extra care.”
Horley Garden, 35 Turnstone Crescent, Whale Rock Ridge, off the road leading to Robberg Nature Reserve. Access through main security gate. Driver’s licence to be presented.
Large, natural, indigenous garden planted to attract birds and offer a refuge to small wildlife. Several short pathways between indigenous trees, to provide access to lower areas. Almost entirely wild, with pockets of colourful plantings. Note – access is via a steep driveway.
Gyltides Garden, Brackenridge Estate (map available at Brackenridge gate). Driver’s licence to be presented at security gate.
Because of the steep site and heavy clay, special attention was given to the terracing, drainage and substantial soil preparation. The brief for this garden was cheerful and colourful and this charming garden has a great view over Robberg. A golfcart will ferry visitors up the steep driveway.
Halamandres Garden, 48 Beachyhead Drive
The organic lines and modern architecture of this dramatic house and its breathtaking views offer a great backdrop for the colourful garden. Interesting forms and textures combine with old-fashioned favourites of neutral greys to tie this exciting coastal garden together. Steps allow access to different levels of the garden.
Lenahan Garden, at the end of Philippa Street, off Glennifer Street, Plett Central.
Stone stairways lead through the lower meadowy garden. An upper natural garden features impressive Proteas, Pincushions and indigenous flowers, planted to attract birds, bees and butterflies. For those who would like to avoid steps, the garden can be accessed via the cottage.
Entrance stickers, at R120, to view all the gardens, can be bought on the day at all the gardens, including Ouland. Maps will be available at Barney’s Information kiosk at Market Square, from Monday 9 November onwards, as well as at the gardens.
This is a safe outing for young and old and all the necessary Covid 19 protocols will be applied. Visitors must wear masks and practice social distancing.
For additional information please call Marsja Hall-Green, 073 645 9476.