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Sat 31 Oct - Sun 1 Nov


Sat 7 Nov - Sun 8 Nov

09h30 - 17h00

Elgin Open Gardens 2020 – celebrating 20 years in 2020! This year 7 gardens will open in the Elgin district over two weekends to benefit local charities. These are Auldearn, Fresh Woods, Lavenham, Houw Hoek Outspan, Keurbos and Sonop, The Stone Kitchen and Wildekrans Country House. They range from large established country gardens to very young, recently planted gardens on farms and smallholdings, all in a setting of great natural beauty an hour’s drive from Cape Town.

This year, as Fresh Woods celebrates its 30th continuous year of opening, we welcome a new garden-in-progress, Sonop, which Jessie Walton has been designing and planting over some years. The garden is set on a series of contours on a steep hillside overlooking a lake, so the views are stunning. It is planted entirely with wild South African plants, with some very special varieties among them.

A number of gardens will have plants for sale, and some such as Keurbos and Fresh Woods will be offering unusual and interesting plants difficult to find elsewhere, such as Japanese maples, rhododendrons and other choice perennials, trees and shrubs. Sadly, Fairholme will not be open again but we thank Duncan and Liz Henderson for their many years of loyal support.

Covid-19: Although we hope that by November the pandemic will be mainly over, it may be that the gardens will need to take extra measures to keep people safe. These will be announced on this website and on our Instagram site.

30 September.
The garden at Elgin Vintners Manor House will also be open. This is a recently restored 1920s garden  with  original stonework, wisteria pergola, rose beds and oak copses. The trees include a mature Magnolia grandiflora and a huge Tulip Tree. Entry is free, donations to GAWS welcome. They are 2 km from the N2 on the Appletiser Rd; follow the signs for Elgin Vintners. Ph: 021 8488772





Elgin Open Gardens 2020 leaflet and map


Elgin Open Gardens 2020 map