Décor & Gardening

A treat for garden lovers

A treat for garden lovers

It’s that time of year again when some of the highway’s most sought after gardens are open for public viewing at the Kloof Rotary Anns Open Gardens which runs over the weekend of 6 and 7 October. As in previous years, gardens range from acre plots to small and medium complex gardens and use of water storage tanks is evident. Highbury Centenary Hall will again serve as the venue where refreshments, crafts and plants are on sale.

Garden 1 (Wheelchair-friendly)

Wallington’s Residence, Gerald Naylor, 2 Sandra Place, Gillitts

This large garden has been developed over time, dividing it into various sections that all fit together made up of exotic and indigenous planting. Beginning with a white flowering garden and then on to the creation of deep mixed borders. Access paths have been created with the use of pavers and cobbles. A Cussonia treed area is enclosed using a low hedge of Duranta gold and has become a garden within a garden with a bench added for relaxation. A woodland effect and forest feel has also been created. The final section, completing the overall garden, is planted with vegetables and fruit.

Garden No. 1

Garden 2 (Wheelchair-friendly)

Jill Maytham, 12 Highbridge, 12 Hilltop Road, Hillcrest

The owner of this garden describes it as a blessed retreat with loads to please and colour galore. You can’t want more, although there’s a surprise here and there and ponds, rock pebbles and trees. Go and visit and you will no doubt be pleased.

Garden No. 2

Garden 3 (Wheelchair-friendly)

Geoff & Ann Maud, 7 Nqutu Park, 11 Nqutu Road, Hillcrest

Since it was on show two years ago, changes have been made to various sections of this plant collector’s dream garden. The most significant change has been the re-designing of the enclosed entrance courtyard, into a water-wise pebble garden, with rocks and large attractive succulent containers. In addition a couple of beds have been added. The garden has a large tumbling water feature, a variety of plantings and stony paths, meandering to secluded areas. Roses are aplenty. There is a sloping rockery with a variety of aloes, grasses and succulents. Being conscious of water saving, the garden owners have 7 000-litre capacity water tanks, cleverly screened with foliage.

Garden No. 3

Garden 4 (Wheelchair-friendly)

1 Sandley, 4 Coghill Ave, Kloof

Twelve years ago this garden was transformed from a formal garden with many different rooms, a small forest, a secluded fire pit and children’s play area. Trees are a feature of this garden. At the bottom of the garden is a large fountain and behind it you will discover a vegetable garden and citrus trees. The owners have used mainly water-wise plants, but not exclusively.

Garden No. 4

Garden 5

Hunter & Joyce Murphy, 13a Buckingham Road, Kloof

This is a textured, water conscious garden set on a slight slope and was started from scratch 35 years ago when boundary trees and shrubs were planted. In 2003 the tennis court was removed and this section of the garden was redesigned. The choice of plants is determined by texture and shape. Meandering paths connect the various areas. A man-made pond was constructed and is naturally filtered by plants and tilapia fish. Heron, Woolly-necked storks and Hammerkop are regular visitors to this area. This is a garden of friendship as many of the plants were received from fellow-gardeners over the years. A diversity of plants make for a happy array of textures and colours and you are sure to find a favourite amongst the succulents, tree ferns, cycads and foliage.

Garden No. 5

EVENT INFO

Tickets cost R60, children under 12 enter free. Tickets include entrance to all five gardens and refreshments, and are available at the entrance to each garden as well as Kloof Village Mall Super Spar and Watercrest Super Spar.

To arrive at the first garden from Durban on the M13, take Exit 26 marked Gillitts Old Main Road Hillcrest. If approaching from the direction of Pietermaritzburg on the M13, it is marked Exit 26 same signage and follow the signs to the gardens.

For more info contact Wendy Scorgie on 083 661 7337 or visit www.rotarykloof.org.za

 

 

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