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Indigenous Open Gardens


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Kloof Conservancy’s Indigenous Open Gardens Show is its flagship project and main annual fundraising fixture. Over the years, it has been instrumental in contributing to the protection of KwaZulu-Natal’s biodiversity by educating the broader public about our floral diversity and the merits of indigenous gardening, and by raising significant sums of money for local conservation projects, including for the removal of invasive alien plants in Krantzkloof Nature Reserve.

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The Indigenous Open Gardens show is Kloof Conservancy’s main fundraiser and has been taking place since 1999. Over these years we have raised funds for Krantzkloof Nature Reserve and more recently funds have been used on our numerous environmental projects in Kloof and our immediate surrounds. The show has “inspired” many home owners to convert to indigenous gardening with the stunning range of gardens that have been featured over the years and this year’s event will no doubt continue this trend!

The Upper Highway is situated within the Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Biodiversity Hotspot and is well known for the wealth of flora and fauna that is found in the area. The protection of this flora and fauna through indigenous gardens has been the theme of all our Indigenous Garden events.


Some simple guidelines to help you enjoy the gardens:

  • Wear sensible shoes – there are areas with cobblestone paving or gravel or slopes!
  • The are many interesting/unusual trees to see so bring along a tree book
  • Take a pair of binoculars if you are interested in birds – gardens create habitats which are ideal for birds.
  • Plan your comfort breaks – there are toilet facilities at the Tea Garden but none at the gardens.
  • June can be very hot and you are going to be in the sun for much of the day – wear sunscreen and a hat – cool-drinks will be on sale at some of the gardens
  • The gardens are “open” but the homes are not – please do respect the owners privacy and do not wander through private spaces
  • Please do not bring any animals (NO PETS) to the gardens
  • We have plant specialists at each garden – do feel free to engage with them as they are more than willing to share their knowledge

2018 Event

Click HERE for details of the 2018 Indigenous Open Gardens