Open gardens: Riot of colour and lush green lawns after Recent rains

2010-10-08 00:00

THE Witness Open Gardens continues this weekend with gardeners throughout the city, Hilton, Karkloof and into the midlands opening their gates.

Welcome rains have made an instant impact after a spell of hot weather, and visitors can expect to see shrubs in bloom and luscious green lawns.

The roses this year have been spectacular, and banks of azaleas — and in some of the cooler gardens, late blooming clivias — have added to the riot of colour.

Trees have been a highlight of the garden season with the Milestone Forest in Balgowan opening a new tree walk and the Benvie Garden in the Karkloof featuring trees 125 years old.

Both these gardens encourage visitors to bring along a picnic basket and enjoy the grounds.

Plants are on sale at several of the gardens, including Vic and Dawn Pellew’s, which offers a wide range of old-fashioned roses for sale.

Sue Tarr at Folly Hill will have her nursery and tea garden open.

Most of the gardens charge a nominal entry fee, which is donated to a charity of their choice.

For details, check the Witness Open Garden supplement.

There is also a complete listing of the gardens at the Witness website, or contact Gail at 082 445 2577.

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