Range of indigenous gardens open to the public this weekend

2010-04-14 00:00

THE Rotary Anns of Pietermaritzburg East Rotary Club are for the fourth time organising an Open Indigenous Gardens weekend in Pietermaritzburg and Hilton. The gardens will be open this Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets will cost R30 per person to visit all six gardens, and will include clear directions to each venue. Children will be admitted free of charge, and tickets will be available at all gardens. Tea will be served at garden number five. Other interesting features will include a variety of retailers whose goods will be on display and for sale. They include Dr Tanza Crouch, who will be at 35 Montgomery Drive, where visitors will be able to purchase her beautiful porcelain items featuring the Beetles of Africa. A variety of indigenous plants provided by Granton Law of Val-Lea Vista Nursery, and Winston and Angela Carr of the Aloe Farm will also be on sale. Brian Tozer will once again be selling his metal sculptures, this time at Pelham Park. Proceeds from the sale of the tickets will be used to support the Rotary Anns chosen charities.

 

THE FOLLOWING GARDENS WILL BE OPEN

 

1 PELHAM PARK, JESMOND ROAD, PELHAM, PIETERMARITZBURG

This beautiful park is home to approximately 380 indigenous trees and other interesting plants. Established in 1995 to 1996 on lease from the municipality, a natural river has been encouraged, and it is now registered as a recognised wetland. In 2002 it was judged the best conservation project of its size.

Take exit 76 from the N3. Then pass through three traffic lights in Alan Paton Avenue. At the fourth traffic light turn left into King Edward Avenue. Pass through two traffic lights, King Edward Ave becomes Oribi Road (no sign board). At the third traffic light turn left into Jesmond Road. Proceed along Jesmond Road. Pelham Park is on your left. Go in at the top gate (no number).

 

2 61 JESMOND ROAD, PIETERMARITZBURG (MARY-ANN VAN DIJK)

This garden is virtually 100% indigenous with a wide variety of interesting plant material. The enthusiastic gardener has planted much from seed, and had the pleasure of watching her endeavours flourish.

 

3 240 WOODHOUSE ROAD, PIETERMARITZBURG (DAVID MOON)

This is a large well-established garden, which contains a wealth of indigenous material. Many unusual aloes and clivia are of special interest. An extensive water feature adds an element of serenity to the garden.

 

4 35 MONTGOMERY DRIVE, PIETERMARITZBURG, (BARRY LOVEGROVE)

Many rare varities of succulents and unique architectural design elements charaterise this Afro-Mexican garden, skilfully created by Barry Lovegrove, author of Living Deserts of Southern Africa.This garden will be open until approximately 8 pm to allow visitors the pleasure of seeing this garden specially lit.

 

5 52 HILLARY ROAD, HILTON (PATSY BROUARD). TEA VENUE

A very attractive mixture of exotics and interesting indigenous material characterise this garden. Very good use has been made of existing rocky outcrops to create interesting features.

 

6 3 THE CROFT, 30 ACUTT ROAD, HILTON (REG AND BEA GUSH)

The approach to the layout of this garden has been to simulate nature as closely as possible. To achieve this, weathered sandstone rocks, interesting tree stumps and Umgeni pebbles have been used. The inclusion of African metal sculptures and pots have added to the African theme.

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