Plett Open Gardens 2018
This popular event has become a firm feature on the annual Garden Route calendar. Garden lovers can again look forward to an enjoyable day outdoors, visiting four beautiful Plett open gardens on Saturday 10 November from 10 am to 4 pm, while supporting the Plett Animal Welfare Service (PAWS).
Last year we attracted over 300 visitors from as far afield as George and raised R50 000 on the day. Rae Gilbert’s magnificent Bosky Dell Rose Garden will again feature as our “Anchor Garden” and, in addition to enjoying the glorious roses in their first flush of colour, visitors can enjoy tea and scones while viewing the Knysna Rose Society’s annual rose exhibition. Another regular feature of the day is the very popular PAWS Plant and Cake sale, which offers a variety of plants and delicious home-baked goodies for sale at bargain prices.
We look forward to sharing these hidden garden gems with garden lovers and other visitors who will enjoy a leisurely day in Plett, where the abundance of natural beauty forms a backdrop to the gardens on show.
Entrance stickers, R100 to view all the gardens, can be bought on the day at all the gardens, including Bosky Dell. Maps will be available at the gardens as well as at Barney’s Information Kiosk at Market Square, from Monday 5 November onwards.
Contact : Marsja Hall-Green 073 645 9476/044 533 4578.
The featured gardens are:
Three gardens in the Brackenridge Estate. Maps available at the main gate in Piesang Valley Road.
De Bruyn Garden, 11 Watsonia Heights
This newly established garden, with spectacular views, was designed to complement the strong architectural lines of the house. Lawned terraces and hedging provide some formality while colourful natural planting softens the lines. Mainly indigenous ground covers and herbaceous plants and shrubs as well as succulents, proteas and grasses.
Designed by Grahama von Hoesslin Landscapes.
Rae Garden, 54 Bitou Glade
The steep slope of the garden required retaining walls, thus creating interesting planting levels. Planting aimed to achieve an English country garden feel, but using indigenous plants. Staircases, bordered with clipped hedging, lead to different areas where soft colourful planting was used.
Designed by Graham von Hoesslin Landscaping.
This indigenous garden, over two stands, at the top of the ridge, has matured well since it was first featured in 2015. It features several tranquil corners while the main section provides spectacular views over the ocean and mountains The plan includes some exotic planting to provide year-round colour as well as a lovely pond with a Robbie Leggatt sculpture of Otters.
Additional design and planting: Yates Landscapes.
Van Rooyen Garden, 38 Hanoi Crescent
The original lay-out and plant choice was based on low maintenance succculents, including some impressive Tree Aloes, Ponytail Palms Cacti and Cycads. The new owners set out to soften the garden, introducing flower beds with natural colourful planting and they created a natural stream to attract frogs. The plants were also selected to attract birds, bees and butterflies.
Additional design and planting : Graham von Hoesslin Landscapes.