Plett Open Gardens

Plett Open Gardens

Photographs and text: Marsja Hall-Green

This popular event has become a firm feature on the annual Garden Route calendar. Garden lovers can  look forward every year to an enjoyable day outdoors, visiting  beautiful  gardens while supporting the Plett Animal Welfare Service (PAWS).

This year’s gardens attracted  many visitors from as far afield as George.   Rae Gilbert’s magnificent Bosky Dell Rose Garden once again featured as the “Anchor Garden” and, in addition to enjoying the glorious roses in their first flush of colour, visitors enjoyed 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 offered a variety of plants and delicious home-baked goodies for sale at bargain prices

Plett Open Gardens
Plett Open Gardens

De Bruyn Garden

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 Graham von Hoesslin Landscapes.

Rae Garden 

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.

Hawkes Garden

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

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.

Plett Open Gardens
Plett Open Gardens

Keep this event in mind for next year, it always takes place in October.