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    Indigenous Open Gardens

    The Gardens

    Garden No 1

    Garden 1

    Garden 1 – Sue and Dave Mercer, 32A Margaret Crescent, Forest Hills

    This garden was previously on show in 2018 when it was at an “young age”. The inspiration from that show prompted Sue to improve her garden and off course it is now much moire established and settled. The garden overlooks the Nkutu section of Krantzkloof Nature Reserve adding an extra element of attraction.

    This garden is relatively flat and easy to walk around.

    Also at this garden – details to follow

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    Garden No 2

    Garden 2

    Garden No 2Dawn and John Booth, 40 Margaret Crescent, Forest Hills

    Dawn is the inspiration for this garden and for a number of years was tempted by the idea of putting it on show but she always felt it was never quite ready. In the past 18 months he has worked tirelessly to enhance what was a good “base” to develop an amazing indigenous garden bordering the Nkutu section of Krantzkloof Nature Reserve. Dawn describes this as a “homemade” garden, designed by herself as a functional garden which not only contains an incredibly rich (and endangered) patch of KZN Sandstone Sourveld grassland but also includes a productive vegetable garden and wise use of water and composting. This is a “must see” for all those gardeners that are keen do “do their own thing” unbound by any rigorous landscaping conventions.

    This garden is relatively flat and easy to walk around.

    Also at this garden – details to follow

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    Broadmead Estate and Conservation Area

    Broadmead Estate and Conservancy Area, 40 Haygarth Road, Klood 

    Broadmead Estate developer, Chris Harburn was born and raised in Kloof and has an inherent passion for the environment. When he conceptualised the estate on a large family owned property, he was particularly sensitive to ensure the riverine forest on the property would be rehabilitated to as close as possible to its original indigenous condition. We will have two gardens (see below) on show at the estate and Chris has agreed to also open the conservation area to visitors. The area was heavily infested with alien invasive plants and over the past few years Chris has invested to gradually remove the invaders and allow the indigenous forest to re-establish itself. We would like to encourage visitors to take a walk through the conservation area and enjoy a picnic lunch next to the small dam.

    The Conservation area has rough paths and some steep sections and is not suitable for visitors with walking difficulties.

    Also at Broadmead:

    • Plant sales
    • Food for sale

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    Garden No 3

    Garden 3 – Dom and Edgar Tennant, 2 Broadmead

    This is a relatively new garden but under the guidance of landscaper Jenny Dean it has a distinctive character and as usual with Jenny’s gardens plenty of colour and a wide range of indigenous species

    This garden is relatively flat and easy to walk around.

    Also at this garden – details to follow

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    Garden No 4

    Garden 4 – Maxine and Andy Harris, 14 Broadmead

    Landscaped to blend beautifully with the architecturally interesting home and proximity to the conservation area this is an indigenous garden to enjoy. The garden envelops the home providing interesting and divers perspectives and indigenous plant layouts. 

    This garden has a short incline at the entrance but after that it is relatively flat and easy to walk around.

    Also at this garden – details to follow

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    Garden No 5

    Garden 5 – Kerry and Colyn Townsend, 5 Park Avenue, Hillcrest

    Kerry is no stranger to the Indigenous Open Gardens having previously had a garden on show but this is a new home and a new garden and its going on show for the very first time. This garden is a work of passion and hard work where Kerry has brought all her landscaping skills into play and created beautiful features and meandering paths.
    The garden borders on Springside Nature Reserve and funds raised at this garden will be allocated to the Mend-the-Molweni project which is addressing sewerage problems in the Hillcrest CBD as well as the consequent pollution of the Molweni River which has its source in the reserve. 

    This garden is has numerous paths with a few stairs but is relatively easy to walk around

    Also at this garden – details to follow

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    Garden No 6

    Garden 6

    Garden No 6 – The home of Tanya Visser and Izolda van der Merwe, The Potting Shed, 6 Controversy Drive, Assagay

    This garden has now become a regular feature of our show and we continue to put it on show becasue Tanya’s passion for gardening is a powerful inspiration for all who visit it. As always Tanya puts all her passion into the show and her garden will always have new features and plants to admire and inspire.

    This garden is relatively easy to walk around but it does have some stairs in places.

    Also at this garden – details to follow

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    Indigenous Open Gardens

    The Gardens