Win with ‘The Witness’ Open Gardens

2012-10-18 00:00

THIS weekend, the open gardens move further into the Midlands, but the competition remains hot, with Berry’s Mowers and Pools offering a whopping R52 000 in prizes to be won in this year’s Open Gardens competition.

There are ten lawnmowers, trimmers and weed eaters to be won, so complete your entry form in today’s paper and drop it in the competition box at Berry’s Mowers and Pools, or at The Witness kiosk at Liberty Midlands Mall or The Witness offices.

All you have to do is tell us when Berry’s Mowers and Pools was established. The answer is on the entry form, which you can also get at the open gardens, Blackwoods Garden Centre and at Berry’s in Peter Kirchhoff Street.

In Hilton this weekend, the garden of Barbara and Scott Rogers in Groenekloof road is open after having had a break for a couple of years.

Sue and Mike Tarr have opened their beautiful garden once again, with views onto the Drakensberg and beautiful plantings among old trees. A new highlight of the garden is the jungle gym and play area for children.

Next door to the Tarr garden is the garden of artist Jocelyn Boyley, who will have her garden and her gallery open for the next two weekends. In Daisy Lane you will find the charming garden of one of Pietermaritzburg’s gardening doyens — Joan Pinnell. With roses cascading everywhere, the garden is a haze of spring colour and is a typical rambling English garden, totally charming and welcoming, with wild daisies sprouting through areas of the lawn.

Along the Hilton College Road, you will find Eva’s Field, the garden of James and Sue Bentley, with views into the Umgeni Valley and across to the Drakensberg and beautiful plantings.

This is the last weekend that Sonja and Locke Purdon will be opening their beautiful garden in Flamingo Drive.

Heading into the Midlands, just past Piggly Wiggly, is a new garden on The Witness Open Garden circuit, that of Sandra and Ashley Milanese, where you will enjoy mature indigenous and exotic trees and shrubs with meandering paths full of perennials and annuals, including rare and exotic delights. They will also have a tea garden.

Milestone Forest is open throughout Spring, and there is a tree walk established and run by the Balgowan conservancy.

A little further out, at Rosetta, is the beautiful garden of Revel and Rose Sivright. Spectacular views are a hallmark of this immaculate garden, with Dogwoods in full flower and beds packed with foxgloves, lupins and other annuals.

And then there is the garden of Veronica Ratsey on the Kamberg Road, full of well-established English trees, rhododendrons, and pink and white dogwoods. Plants will be on sale.

A complete list of gardens is available on The Witness Open Garden site on Facebook. Simply log on and go to the main photographic albums for the area you are intending to visit. Each garden carries a description and directions, or you can collect a supplement from any of the open gardeners, and from your nearest nursery.

For more information, contact Gail at 082 445 2577 during office hours or e-mail All of the gardens are open from 9 am to 5 pm and admission is generally by a donation to the charity of the gardener’s choice.

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