PLETT OPEN GARDEN DAY FOR PAWS
The third annual Plett Open Garden Day for PAWS promises another visual feast and enjoyable outing for local garden lovers. As in the past, Rae Gilbert will open her magnificent Bosky Dell Rose Garden for her rose season and it will act as the “anchor” for a variety of other beautiful gardens. This year’s selection of gardens will be a departure from the past collection of individual domestic gardens in that we will be including a farm and fynbos garden and a group of “integrated” gardens on an estate. As always, we have tried to find gardens that offer very different experiences: different settings; formal or informal structures; indigenous and/or exotic plants, or simplicity. We hope that our visitors will enjoy them all equally, from the unexpected to the more conventionally beautiful.
The following gardens will be on show on Saturday 1 November, from 10:00 to 16:00. Tickets at R60 for all four gardens are available at each of the gardens. Maps will be available at the gardens and can also be collected from Barney’s Kiosk, next to Mugg & Bean, Market Square Shopping Centre. Please see banner below and watch press for details.
Bosky Dell Rose Garden
Entrance on the N2 opposite “The Heath”. Follow directions on dirt road to farm.
Rae Gilbert’s stunning rose garden is based on strict geometric design, with bright colours providing a formal yet rustic look. The setting, that includes a lovely lily pond, is a perfect backdrop for the approximately 6 000 rose bushes that are at their glorious best at this time of the year. Rae will be having a sale of David Austin roses on the day and her lovely garden pavilion will be open for teas. PAWS will have their usual quality cake and plant sale at the garden.
Graham von Hoesslin’s farm garden
Entrance opposite “Forest Gate” on the N2, About 1 Km from Bosky Dell on Knysna side.
Graham von Hoesslin, who studied garden design in the UK, has won many awards for his local gardens. He combines indigenous and exotic plantings with great flair and imagination and his gardens, while being carefully structured, are always sensitive to their environment. For the past six years he has worked hard to eradicate alien vegetation and trees on his own farm and the fynbos has made a vigorous recovery. His own small garden, surrounding his wooden cottage, is surprisingly informal, with all his favourite plants combining in a riot of colour. His very personal approach to his own garden is quite a contrast to his more structured garden commissions. Visitors can explore other parts of the farm and stroll through the rehabilitated fynbos to a lily pond.
Three “integrated” gardens at Schoongezicht Eco Estate
Entrance off the Piesang Valley Road, next to the Plettenberg Bay Golf Course.
This sought-after estate prides itself on its extensive, strictly indigenous estate gardens that complement the individual gardens. From time to time walks are organised on the long boardwalk through the various sections of the estate, including the indigenous bush. Visitors will be able to view three neighbouring (Carson, James and Pieterse) “integrated” gardens, all about a year old, and very different in size and approach to their indigenous planting. They will also be able to take a walk along the boardwalk around the lovely dam and into other parts of the estate.
Whale Rock Ridge, entrance left on road that leads to Robberg Nature Reserve.
This garden, designed by Graham von Hoesslin, is a predominantly natural indigenous garden with the focus on year-round colour. It has a cottage garden feel but with indigenous planting. Pathways wind through the garden providing spectacular views over Robberg and the Tsitsikamma Mountains. Once again, the surrounding fynbos provides a very natural setting for this colourful garden.
Please note that there will be no access to the houses and it is suggested that visitors make use of toilet facilities at various garages and the Market Square Shopping Centre.
PAWS is enormously grateful to the individual garden owners and also the managers of the private estates for agreeing to open their properties to the public for the benefit of PAWS.
Please contact Marsja Hall-Green for information: 073 645 9476/044 533 4578.