Open Gardens extravaganza for community benefit

2019-10-08 06:01
Beautiful gardens in Noordhoek will be on show for the upcoming Open Gardens show later this month.

Beautiful gardens in Noordhoek will be on show for the upcoming Open Gardens show later this month.

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Gardens across the country will show the best they have to offer during the annual Open Gardens celebration in October, and community projects in the Deep South will benefit from the local gardeners’ green fingers.

Noordhoek Open Gardens has been a fixture of the community for five years, with this year marking their sixth celebration of the beautiful gardens grown by residents.

“We focus on Noordhoek and surrounding areas and try and build the community by organising photographic competitions, garden shows and more through our various marketing platforms.

“There are 12 private gardens in Noordhoek which will be opened to the public for all to enjoy on October 19 and 20,” says Michele Bower of Noordhoek Tourism.

This year, the event will direct some of their proceeds towards a local community initiative by Kathy Fish, called On The Verge.

“On The Verge is a community gardening and greening project that I started almost 10 years ago. I started it just with my gardener and the desire to beautify the verges in Noordhoek,” Fish explains.

The non-profit initiative employs seven men who do the gardening and heavy lifting, and three women who oversee and organise the planting of each verge. Together, they have created 25 verge gardens and planted over 100 trees in Noordhoek.

“It’s hard work but its lots of fun, and we work in conjunction with the council so they support us and they know about all the projects we do,” says Fish.

She believes the work that is taken on by the initiative is valuable for the community. “Most people love it. We’ve received the most beautiful letter from the San Michel neighbourhood watch, and donation from them supporting us.

“It’s also lovely to know we’re supporting six guys – for some of them, this is their only job.”

Once again, Noordhoek Open Gardens will take place over two days, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October; a decision that was taken to allow visitors to enjoy the entire Noordhoek experience and attract people to Noordhoek.

Fish agrees, saying: “The verge gardens add to security and bring in tourism and add value to the area.”

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