Protecting Nature. Inspiring Change.

2017 Event


Date:   The 2017 Indigenous Open Gardens are scheduled for the weekend of 25 / 26 March

Entry Fee: R60pp gives you access to all the gardens – children under 12 are free.

Tickets can be purchased at any of the gardens and at the Tea Garden. Cashless payment by ZAPPER is accepted at the gardens.

Your entry ticket also provides you with a free cup of tea/coffee and a slice of cake at the Tetley Tea Garden which is situated at Kloof Senior Primary, 1 Patrick Duncan Road, Kloof. Plenty of parking on the sports-field – access via Patrick Duncan Road.

Start: 09:00

Close: 16:00

Theme: Indigenous Colour



garden 1

33 Lyngarth Road Kloof

The home of Juliet and Anthony Stead. This is is an well established garden with an amazing range of species which will be of interest to botanists!

Access for people with walking difficulties: this is an easy garden with good and mostly flat access

Parking: plenty of street parking

Also at this Garden:  The authors of the Flora and Flora Trust will be at this garden and their books will be on sale. The duty roster (subject to change) is as follows:

Saturday morning Geoff Nichols
Saturday afternoon Elsa Pooley
Sunday morning Elsa Pooley
Sunday afternoon Richard Boon

The Botanical Society will also have a stand at this garden.

Garden 2

75A Emolweni Road, Kloof

The home of Shirley and Robin Phillips. This garden is a recent conversion from an exotic garden with a large percentage of invasive alien species (still present in some neighbouring gardens.) It has a mix of sunny and shady species which provide great interest.

Access for people with walking difficulties: This is rated as difficult as there are some steep sections and a steep driveway

Parking: Some street parking close by or on pavement.

Also a this garden:  Snake Country – Pat McKrill will be on hand to talk about reptiles and how to change your lifestyle to accept and live with them!

Garden 3

5 Mkongweni Road, Waterfall

The home of Lindi and Kevin Collett. This is a young garden for a young family and demonstrates what can be done in difficult terrain. It has an interesting range of species and large rockery.

Access for people with walking difficulties: Moderately difficult in some areas of the garden

Parking: Plenty of parking in a designated area.

Also at this garden: The Lepidopterists Society of Africa

Garden 4

9 Polela Road, Hillcrest

The home of Nonjabulo and Thami Hlongwa. Designed by Miles Steenhuizen this is a relatively young garden which has been converted from exotic to indigenous. It is designed to meet family needs with interesting features such as a traditional fire pit.

Access for people with walking difficulties: This garden has very easy and flat access

Parking: Plenty of verge parking.

Also at this garden: The School of Garden Design

Garden 5

14 Neville Road, Gillitts

The home of Carryn and Donovan Payne. This is an established garden originally designed by Phil Page but significantly altered recently by Donovan to accommodate his young family. The garden is in a stunning natural setting with a stream flowing through it.

Access for people with walking difficulties: There is a steep driveway after which the area flattens out and paths are easily walked.

Parking: Plenty of verge parking.

Also at this Garden: The Endangered Amphibian Programme (Dr Jeanne Tarrant) and KZN Reptile and Amphibian Conservation (Nick Evans)

Tea garden

Our Tea Garden is sponsored by TETLEY TEA

Sit down and relax with your free cup of tea/coffee and a slice of cake at our tea garden

Also at the Tetley Tea Garden:

Kloof Conservancy Information Table

Conservation KZN and eThekwini Conservancies Forum display

Children’s Art Competition – display in hall

Tuck shop – wors rolls and chicken burger

Specialist Craft and Gift Stall

Woza-Moya – craft shop from the Hillcrest Aids Centre

Indigenous Plant sales by:

Gods Green Gifts Nursery

Hillcrest Aids Centre Nursery

Grasslands Nursery


Garden Craft by:

Calson Mangena – Bead and wire crafts

Simbarashe Takavada – wire crafts

Lazarus Kukakunesu – metal crafts



Children’s’ Competition

We will be running a competition for children where they will need to identify a key feature at each garden – completed forms will be put into a lucky draw for some great prizes. Details to follow.


We have a raffle running during the garden show which has some great prizes offered by our members. Tickets can be purchased at the gardens for R10 – the draw will take place during the week following the show.

Prizes include:

A weekend at Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Hilltop camp in Hluhluwe, a mid-week break for 2 / 4 people at Old Kilgobbin Farm in the midlands, gardening books, framing vouchers, garden crafts, mosaic bird-bath, nursery vouchers, embroidered handtowels, a large porcelain bowl by Tanza Crouch of Ento Ceramics, a set of coffee mugs by Tanza Crouch of Ento Ceramics and more!


Please read these terms as displayed at the entry of each garden. If you are not happy with them you are entitled to return your ticket for a refund, provided you have not entered any of the properties.

These terms exempt Kloof Conservancy and the owner/occupier of any liability for any loss or damage howsoever caused.

Please note that all gardens have rough paths, cobblestones, gravel, rocks over which you can walk – all these are potential tripping hazards. Some gardens have steep sections and the trails are very rough as one would expect in a forest environment. We have tried our best to make these paths walkable but if you have a walking disability then you may need to reconsider using some of the more challenging sections.

In all cases you enter the gardens and walk the paths at your own risk.


Some simple guidelines to help you enjoy the gardens:

  • Wear sensible shoes – many gardens have cobblestone paving or gravel or slopes!
  • Many of the gardens have interesting/unusual trees so bring along a tree book
  • Take a pair of binoculars if you are interested in birds – most of the gardens on show are bird havens
  • Plan your comfort breaks – the gardens do not provide toilet facilities but these are available at the Tetley Tea Garden.
  • March can be very hot and humid – wear sunscreen and a hat – cooldrinks will be for sale at most gardens
  • The gardens are “open” but the homes are not – please respect the owners privacy and do not wander through private spaces
  • Please do not bring any animals into any of the gardens


Kloof Village Mall SuperSpar


Tetley Tea Garden –


South Africa’s Horticultural Directory –

Life is a Garden: