Franschhoek Open Gardens
Friday 21 October 10:00 – 17:00
Saturday 22 October & Sunday 23 October 9:00 – 17:00
Join us in celebrating the start of summer with a visit to the annual Franschhoek Open Gardens festival, where once again ten owners will be opening their gardens to the public.
The variety of gardens on show range from large estate to small cottage gardens that include wild indigenous layout to formal and traditional planting. Six of the gardens were not on show last year and two are new gardens open for the first time.
Other highlights include the giant plant sale and the much anticipated ‘Garden in a Pot” competition and a raffle will be held in the centre of the village. Franschhoek and the surrounds are generally colourful this time of the year.
All proceeds raised by the Franschhoek Open Gardens are donated to Fleur de Lis the local Home for the Aged.
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The following gardens will be on display this year:
Jacqueline Crewe Brown
Upper Waterfall Farm. Turn off at Bridge House School. An artists impression, using indigenous material on rocky inhospitable soil. With a sloping mountain back drop,she expanded her canvas to include a lovely walk across the stream to the main garden. There is a stone pathway leading to a beautiful viewpoint. Some paths are steep in places.
2. LA MOTTE
On the R45 just outside Franschhoek Village. Enjoy this historic estate with classic rose garden which includes the namesake of its owner, the Hanneli Rupert rose. The traditional layout with pathways and a fountain is surrounded by indigenous shrubberies and fruit trees supplying Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant.
3. 16 ROUX STREET
Pat and Glynda Jacobs
This garden is a wonder – only 9 months old, it already has the look and feel of a well established garden. A great deal of care and attention to detail has resulted in the perfect layout. The English styled front border bursting with blooms softens the stately façade and contrasts with the formal garden surrounding the pool. Note the massed Iceberg roses, carefully trimmed climbers and edgings. This is the youngest garden on show.
4. ARTEMIS HOUSE
Andrea Desmond Smith
This is a wild Indigenous garden set in a natural landscape. It offers energetic walking or a slow stroll. Beautiful ponds, vibrant colours, succulent layouts, sculptures, unique features and surprise elements to be spotted around every corner. There is a maze and an impressive kitchen garden.
5. 36 CABRIERE STREET
Carl and Sonia Atkinson
An enchanting park-like garden featuring magnificent old oak trees. Dappled sunlight filters through lofty branches onto cleverly planted beds.There is a secret garden, sweeps of lawns to a covered pathway leading to a cool water feature. The kitchen herb garden is a cooks dream.
6. THE STABLES
Carol and John Dendy Young
1 Berg Street A small cottage garden full of variety and colour. Hidden pathways lead into all corners with some quirky features to delight you. A small potager garden produces an abundance of vegetables. An example of how small can be beautiful and at the same time manageable.
7. FLEUR DU SOLEIL
7A Van Riebeeck Street
A garden many can relate to with the trend to down sizing. The clever layout enhances the size and the relaxed plantings delight visitors. The beautiful pink bougainvillea echoes the blossom magic and is a breathtaking sight in the front garden.
8. 28 VAN RIEBEECK STREET
Sue and Nick Norman
This pleasing town garden embraces the house. There is a formal layout as you enter the front gate and wide borders leading to pretty curved beds and a natural swimming pool. The use of trees and shrubs cleverly alters corners from sub tropical to traditional Cape. Full use is made of the wide veranda overlooking this attractive garden.
9. FARM LORRAINE
Beth and Bernie Cox
Le Domaine Charmant, Verdun Road
This almost secret garden provides a charming surprise. Beautifully situated on mountain slopes with a pathway around the lake. A series of unusual cypress arbours shade the entrance and pathway. An orchard and large beautifully tended vegetable garden revealing a new feast for the eyes.
10. SANDSTONE HOUSE
Green Valley Road off Excelsior Road
The garden frames this imposing home with breathtaking vistas to the distant mountains. The rolling lawns and pond edged with striking borders. There is an Orchid House, take a stroll through vineyards and olive groves, but most importantly don’t miss the rose garden. This beautiful garden was featured on Top Billing and by special request the owners are once again ‘showing’ it on Open Gardens.
Download the FRANSCHHOEK OPEN GARDENS PROGRAMME AND MAP 2016
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FOR A DAY OR A WEEKEND PASS
TICKETS are available on the days in front of The Town Hall, in the centre of the village. Tickets are also available at Montpellier, but cash only. Tickets available at La Motte – card facility or cash.
LIVE MUSIC by local performers between 10h00 and 12h00 Saturday and Sunday at Sandstone House and Cabriere St. Tea, coffee and delicious homemade scones will be available in the GLASS GAZEBO at ARTEMIS a view not to be missed!
All proceeds will go to the home for the aged Fleur de Lis.
For more information please contact:
BARBARA: 021 876 4262