Addresses and contact details are handed out when you buy your entry ticket on the day. The 2021 line-up included:

A LARGE SMALLHOLDING GARDEN  (Glenwood)

This is a large country-style garden with beautiful vistas, a vegetable garden, and a forest walk along a meandering path lined with Crinum moorei lilies. There are many English-style roses, combined with foxgloves and delphiniums, a large dam with koi fish, and beautiful mature trees – liquid ambers, plane trees, American swamp cypress, and many more. 

No toilet facility. No picnic area.

A PLANT COLLECTOR’S GARDEN  (Bergsig)

Fairview Historic Homestead was first registered in 1861. In those days it was a farm, but today the Homestead is in central George. Desmond is at the helm of an ever-evolving garden. The front garden is more formal in keeping with the geometric design of the Georgian home, but the flower beds to the eastern side of the house are informal. Desmond is a plant collector by heart, so it is all about variety in his garden.

Toilet facilities available. Picnic areas were also available – you could bring your own or buy something as there was the option of a light lunch, tea and cake. In 2021 there was a pop-up bookshop where secondhand books were on sale – at just R20 per book.

THE BONSAI GARDEN  (Bergsig)

Wessels created a garden to set off his Bonsai collection – even the children’s play area has been designed in such a way that it does not distract from the primary focus: the bonsai trees.

The private nursery is fenced off but is open to the public on the Open Day.

No toilet facility. No picnic area. Pre-bonsai trees will be on sale. 

A SECRET GARDEN  (Dormehlsdrift)

Be ready to have your breath taken away by this magnificent oasis in the middle of town. Tosca has had much success by bringing colour into her beautiful, shaded garden with flowering potted plants. See how Tosca has created a wonderful space of secret nooks where she has collected a wide variety of plants.

Toilet facility. No picnic area. 

A POTAGER GARDEN (Glen Barrie)

Tracey’s potager garden is home to a mix of fruit and indigenous trees and local and exotic flowering plants. A large organic vegetable garden and young fruit trees take up the space once extended to lawn.

Toilet facility. No picnic area. Young fruit trees for sale. 

FOUR SMALL RETIREMENT LIVING GARDENS (Heather Park)

These four gardens are within walking distance of each other so you can park your car and walk between them.

Joan has managed to create a quaint English country garden on a small scale.

Kanna’s 20-year-old garden has been carefully designed to balance low maintenance with high reward when it comes to colour and interest throughout the year.

Marietjie is a collector of beautiful plants which she grows in a corner garden, hidden behind a gate. Her young garden is a place where Marietjie ‘plays’ with her plants.

Sue’s home is surrounded by a narrow piece of land where she has established the most remarkable collection of flowering plants, all neatly displayed and maintained.

No toilet facility. No picnic area. 

A COMPACT ESTATE GARDEN (Heather Park)

In a comparatively small space, Graz’s garden delivers plenty of produce for her kitchen. As a highly organized gardener, Graz has made the most of the limited space by growing both laterally and vertically, using the western wall of her estate home to grow veggies neatly and efficiently. In season you will find cucumbers on trellises, amongst the standard fare that she adds to her Mediterranean dishes. The rest of the garden is lawned but provides a calm sitting space to reflect, and socialise.

No toilet facility. No picnic area. No dogs allowed.

A FARM GARDEN (Geelhoutboom)

Jill and Allan’s protea farm’s garden offers sweeping vistas over the Outeniqua Mountains. It has matured substantially since it was first included in George Open Gardens. Terraced garden paths meander alongside water features, including a koi pond, and a rockery. There is also a lovely walk, through the forest, leading down to the spring dam.

No toilet facility. No picnic area. No dogs allowed.

If you know of an interesting, beautiful, or unusual garden, and would like to nominate it for 2022 George Open Gardens, please drop an email to georgeopengardens@gmail.com