Food gardens also on show

2016-10-18 06:00
 The public can visit fourteen gardens in Noordhoek this weekend.

The public can visit fourteen gardens in Noordhoek this weekend.

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The Noordhoek Open Gardens event will see 14 gardens being opened to the public on Saturday and Sunday.

The gardens are divided into various categories, which include large and medium gardens, indigenous gardens and food gardens, which is a new addition this year.

One of the gardens on show will be Dr Donovan Kirkwood’s garden at 13 Seascape Road, which combines his passion as an ecologist and botanist and a 25-year interest in sustainability and organic food gardening. In his garden water-wise, sustainability, ecological and permaculture principles are being implemented. The kitchen food garden is managed organically using ecological principles.

A selection of local plants, seed and organic fertilisers will be on sale.

Model gardenAnother garden on show is at Shady Oaks, one of Noordhoek’s oldest properties. It can be found in Noordhoek Main Road opposite the Common.

This well-established garden rambles over five acres of oak tree-flanked meadows bordered by two streams. There is plenty of shaded garden planted with clivias, ferns and plectranthus amongst others, and a working vegetable garden. This much-loved family property is the location for numerous film and photo shoots, bearing testament to the beauty of the grounds and gardens.

Suburban gardensIf you want to see what can be done with your own suburban garden, come gather some inspiration at 2 Keurboom Way.

Anca Wright’s corner stand of medium size with typical sunny north side and shady east side faces the usual challenges, which she has embraced. There is a fair amount of indigenous plants in the garden, with paths that lead visitors around to different nooks in the garden.

A small vegetable patch supplies her with most of her family’s basic vegetable and herb needs.

Stunning views of Chapman’s Peak can be enjoyed from the deck.

Alternatively, come see the garden of a working mother. Amy Goldblatt’s garden at 26 Beach Road is a place for relaxing after a day’s work, for children to play, dogs to explore and raptors to heal. The garden consists of a series of terraces, built around the cottage home on the slope of Chapman’s Peak mountain.

There is a picket-fenced vegetable garden on one level and a braai area with beautiful stone masonry on another. Some areas have been allowed to go wild and others are lovingly tendered with visions of England.

EntryEntrance costs R35 per garden or R100 per day (children under 18 get in free).

All proceeds will go to On the Verge, a local greening project that has been looking after Noordhoek’s verges and parks for the last seven years with community support.

They will choose a specific community-based project to do with some of the proceeds. Last year a mobile watering unit was bought, which helps to keep younger verges strong during the dry summer season.

V Gardens are open from 10:00 to 16:00 and will be clearly signposted. Maps and information brochures can be found at local nurseries or at www.noordhoektourism.co.za. or contact 021 789 0679.

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