Gardens of the Golden City
Spring Gardens 2017
For 21 years Gardens of the Golden City has sourced and opened private gardens to garden lovers on behalf of various charities. The coming season, from August to November and from the end of January into March, will support Hospice, BirdLife SA and the SPCA along with the charities supported by Roedean School.
We look for gardens large and small, traditional and unconventional and unusual public spaces to touch the imagination of our viewers and give them fresh inspiration. We hope you enjoy our selection and would appreciate any suggestions from you our garden visitors.
Saturday 7 October
9am – 4pm
Roedean School (SA)
Princess of Wales Terrace
A BLOOMING AFFAIR- Garden and Craft Market Day
Roedean School has a truly magnificent garden of botanical interest, which ‘intertwines’ with the school’s 114-year history. The Herbert Baker buildings are complemented by beds filled with a great variety of plants, large and small, indigenous and exotic, with roses abounding. Visit The Anne Lorentz Peace Garden, which is an indigenous water garden at the start of the Roedean Kopje walk.
A BLOOMING AFFAIR is an annual event of one day only that can be enjoyed by all the family. It includes a craft market, food stalls, tea and ‘champagne’ gardens.
Entrance R50 per person
All profits go to Roedean Community Partners, details available on the website.
Contact - Moira 011 647 3200
10am - 5pm
9 Claire Crescent
This multi-level, treed, Northcliff garden has amazing views across the Johannesburg skyline. You will walk through “Sam’s Jungle”, under rose covered arches to peaceful shaded benches, up steps to lawns and flower beds and down steps to aloes and succulents, vegetables and herbs. The many cleverly designed “rooms” are a visual delight as are the views from the different levels.
This is not a wheelchair-friendly garden.
Entrance R30 – children under 12 free
Contact Barbara – 072 234 4120
206 Wilson Street
This amazing garden increases yearly in beauty and stature. Beautifully grown flowers and foliage fill the beds around the house and border the spacious lawns. Trees and shrubs make a fitting background for the large rose garden with a central fountain and roses play their part in other areas of the garden. Hydrangeas are planted thickly under a grove of white stinkwoods along with azaleas. Beyond is a parkland of lawns and trees with the little Fairland Spruit running through it.
Follow pointer boards to parking area.
Entrance R30 - children under 12 free
Contact Lynne – 082 689 0930
19 – 22 October (Thursday to Sunday)
10am – 5pm
Susan and Christopher Greig
25 Christopherson Rd
The much anticipated annual opening of Beechwood Gardens.
This beautiful three and a half acre garden, designed originally by the renowned landscaper of the 1940s, Joane Pim, retains the graciousness of the period while Susan and Christopher have spent 17 years adding to its glory. Cobbled pathways meander through the forest eventually leading to reflection pools where gunnera, irises and lotus display their beauty. Walk through the colonnades of wisteria and roses while appreciating the multiple annual and perennial beds and then view the splendid vegetable gardens.
Susan Greig will again present an alfresco lunch beneath the jacarandas – details to be announced.
Following the success of the market incorporated for the first time last year, Shari Dickinson has been invited to return and operate over the four days.
Map on website – www.beechwoodgardens.co.za.
Entrance R50 – children under 12 free
Contact Lynne 082 689 0930
10am - 5pm
High Cloud Rd
(25 minute drive from Johannesburg)
High Cloud will again welcome you to the annual open weekend. This extensive and park like estate in the peaceful surrounds of Irene covers 10 acres with 5 acres under planting. Paths lined with trees of many varieties guide one through annual and perennial beds, over humpbacked bridges which span the many ponds where swans glide regally and on towards the wonderfully whimsical follies. An impressively large pyramid rises to greet you and an Italianate tower spouts water from the centre of a pond.
Contact Lynne – 082 689 0930
10am - 5pm
79 Boeing Rd E
Behind high walls, Quondam Village is a pleasant surprise combining the neat and meticulous with a friendly and welcoming English village atmosphere. It provides a feast of eight small gardens in various styles that spill out onto the pavements or else are bordered with green palisade fences giving a full view of plants, grass, creepers, shrubs, hanging baskets, chimes, benches and garden ornaments.
Contact Pam - 083 496 4746
We are once again privileged to be able to share the private garden of WILLIAM KENTRIDGE with a limited number of visitors.
The 26/27th August will invite 30 people for each visit at 10am and 2pm on each day to join a guided tour led by landscaper Jane Henderson.
Pre- booking is essential with a payment of R100 per person.
All funds raised for this season will be directed to the following charities:
NPO: 000 708
PBO 95000 2687
BirdLife South Africa
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Unless otherwise specified, all of our gardens are open from 10am to 5pm.
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Call for new gardens
Times change and with it, we have lost many of our original gardens to relocation and development so now we find ourselves asking for your help.
Behind our huge walls and fortified fences, we know that there are gardening gems waiting to be discovered.
Do you or someone you know have one of these treasures?
As gardeners, we toil in our gardens and what better reward could we have than to be able to display our achievements by sharing with our very appreciative gardening visitors.
Please, to all you avid gardeners out there consider this an invitation to contact us at email@example.com and we will gladly visit you!