National Open Gardens

In this edition we celebrate Spring days. There are many new and existing Open Gardens throughout the country planning to open their gates to the public. Some are featured below, but many more are listed on our website. New gardens are being added to the calendar each week.
You can focus on a specific area, or by searching by keyword, or by clicking on the map view.

We also have google directions – so there is no excuse for getting lost or distracted along the way!We also have good and bad news about the PSHB (polyphagous shot hole borer beetle). There have already been plenty of media articles about the beetle which bores into wood, transmitting a fungal pathogen in the process – the entire tree may die because of the fungal rot.

The good news is that signs are popping up at garden centres and information can be more readily found. The word is spreading which can only be a good thing. The problem needs constant highlighting – reminders to be vigilant with your trees. The bad news is in a report that was published by It lists which trees are prone/found to have PSHB and identifies the tree species being reproductive host trees.
More information about PSHB can be found on the FABI website

Spotlight :

Free SAN park entry.
Each year for one week only, SAN parks open their gates and allow free entry to South Africans.

The week grants free access to most of the 21 national parks for day visitors, especially people from the local communities. Free entry excludes Namaqua National Park and Boulders Penguin Colony and the Table Mountain Cableway in Table Mountain National Park.
More details can be found here

Arbor Week
This week also celebrates our trees and many nurseries encourage buying and planting of indigenous trees. 
The concept was first introduced to South Africa in 1982 by the then Minister of Environmental Affairs as an Arbor Day and now it runs as an Arbor Week.
Stodels have various deals e.g. if you buy compost, you get a small sapling for free and/or if you buy one sapling you get one free. See their website for more details.

Events coming up:

Petal Faire Spring Open Weekend – 7-8 September 2019
Enjoy a weekend of plant shopping to celebrate the start of spring- located in Pretoria.
Hermanus Wildflower Festival – 21-24 September 2019
This festival offers a massive range of activities and includes a unique a theme of ‘Fynbos 4 U’ 
Guided Walks at the Vineyard Hotel – Specific Wednesdays, September – December
Enjoy an interesting and informative guided walk through the vineyards led by their resident horticulturist. And afterwards tuck into some delicious tea and pastries.

Open Gardens coming up:
It’s that time of the year again when we start to fill our Spring calendars with exciting weekends away at idyllic open gardens. Below are just some of the many open gardens around the country. Please check our website for up to date details and a full list. Our calendars include events and festivals as well as the Open Gardens listed below.

Waterford Hall Open Gardens – 14 – 15 September 2019
View the exciting new additions to the garden since it was last open in 2015.
Braco Open Gardens – 21 – 24 September 2019
Created in 1905, this garden has lovely views of the Karkloof Natural Bush and a waterfall.
Benvie Open Gardens – 21 September – 6 October 2019
Come and explore the spectacle of Benvie’s annual Open Garden located in KwaZulu-Natal.

Western Cape
McGregor Magic Garden Festival – 21-23 September 2019
What better way to enjoy Heritage Weekend than in a beautiful garden in this small, historic town.
Water Oak Farm Open Garden – 5 October 2019
Explore this fantastic garden whilst enjoying the incredible views over the Constantia Valley.
Helderberg Hospice Open Gardens – 12-13 October 2019
Go on a tour of Somerset West’s 16 most beautiful gardens- all focusing on a theme of Eco, water-wise and indigenous plants.
Constantia Open Gardens – 18-19 October 2019
Again focusing on sending a message on water-wise and environmentally friendly gardening, the Constantia Open Gardens are back with much to offer.
Open Gardens Constantia Plant Sale – 18-19 October 2019
Enjoy an afternoon under the trees with an interesting available of plants, gardening aids and home-bakes available for sale.
Franschhoek Open Gardens – 25-27 October 2019
These 10 beautiful gardens across the historical Franschhoek Valley make an excellent excuse for a weekend trip.
Elgin Open Gardens – 26-27 October/ 2-3 November 2019
Explore a massive variety of spectacular gardens across the Elgin, Vyeboom and Bot River regions.
Hoekwil Open Gardens – 2-3 November 2019
Journey to this idyllic Hamlet outside of Wilderness for a weekend of beautiful gardens.
Rustenberg Manor Open Gardens – 1-3 November 2019
Seize the opportunity to visit this incredible private garden’s annual weekend of being open to the public.
Acara Open Gardens – 9 November 2019
Make a visit to the Acara Open garden for beautiful English country gardens and an incredible view of the Helderberg mountain.
Stellenberg Estate Open Gardens – 9-10 November 2019
Explore the magnificent and historical Stellenberg Estate in Cape Town and enjoy it’s beautiful garden and sculptures.

A Blooming Affair (Johannesburg) – 5 October 2019
A perfect family outing in a magnificent garden featuring a craft market, food stalls, and tea and ‘champagne’ gardens.
Michelles Garden (Johannesburg) 12-13 October 2019
This beautiful estate in the surrounds of Irene opens their gardens for a fantastic weekend of exploring.
Mulligatwny Farm Open Garden – 11-13 October 2019
Take a trip to these 16 magnificent hectares of gardens featuring a beautiful garden cathedral and a lovely late filled with lilies and irises.
Northward Gardens – 26-27 October 2019
Explore the incredible history of this Parktown home through its magnificent gardens.
WIZO SA garden day – 27 October 2019
Come and enjoy what have been deemed to be the 3 prettiest gardens in Johannesburg in the WIZO Garden Day