With so many annual events having been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions these past few months, Capetonians will be glad to hear that Noordhoek Open Gardens will be happening this year.
Over the weekend from Saturday 17 to Sunday 18 October, a total of 16 gardens will be on show – from large and rambling, to small and cottagey, indigenous and exotic, shade and sun-loving, water-wise and food gardens.
Guided tours of the Chapman’s Peak Nature Sanctuary will run at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00 on both days, during which visitors will learn about eco-systems that once covered large parts of Noordhoek and are mapped as critical biodiversity areas by the City of Cape Town. The tours will be hosted by the Noordhoek Environmental Action Group.
In partnership with Noordhoek Tourism, the event is organised by On the Verge, a non-profit community greening and social responsibility project run by Noordhoek local Kathy Fish.
Proceeds from Noordhoek Open Gardens enable On the Verge to continue and expand its community work.
At this time last year, Fish told People’s Post that the initiative had seven employees who do the gardening; together they have contributed towards more than 100 trees and over 25 verge gardens being planted in the community
In the past year, they have beautified three more verges, bringing that number up to 28. On The Verge also helps with alien vegetation clearing and maintaining or extending various walking and horse riding paths.
“We have also revamped and maintained Noordhoek’s historic Village Lane Post Office garden and have planted trees in two play parks,” says Fish.
“In conjunction with the City of Cape Town environmental management department, we are now tackling public open spaces, opening up forgotten footpaths and greening some of these underutilised and forgotten spaces for the community and visitors to enjoy.”
During the open gardens event, visitors will have the chance to explore organic food gardens and boutique working vineyards. Visitors will be able to pick their own vegetables, enjoy wine tasting and buy plants and garden treasures at different gardens. Some gardeners, who are also artists and potters, will allow a peek into their studios. There will also be workshops on propagating clivias and pruning bonsais.
“We are extremely grateful for the support from our sponsors from the business community, private individuals and community groups. Many local residents and our two local nurseries have also been extremely enthusiastic and supportive,” says Fish.
Tickets will be available at the gardens for R25 for a single entry, R125 for a day pass and R200 for a weekend pass. Children under 18 enter for free and there will be pensioners’ discounts.