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    We received an overwhelming response of disappointment at the cancellation of the 2019 Kloof Conservancy Indigenous Open Gardens Show and whilst it was too late to organise a full show a “no-frills” pop-up gardens event was held in its place.


    Saturday and Sunday, 22 and 23 June 2019

    10 am to 4 pm


    Four gardens in and around the upper highway area. Scroll down for details of each garden.

    Follow the suggested route on Google Maps.

    How much?

    R 20.00 per garden

    Children under 12 free.

    Payment can be made by Zapper.

    All funds raised go towards environmental conservation and community upliftment through Kloof Conservancy.

    Two of our gardens were to have participated in the 2019 Kloof Conservancy Indigenous Open Gardens Show while the other two were on display at last year’s show and are on show again so that there can be some event for garden enthusiasts this year.

    To avoid causing confusion with our regular open gardens show this event was branded as “no-frills” as part of our Back to Nature initiative. As we could not confidently predict visitor numbers, we kept our expenses to the bare minimum.

    The Gardens

    Garden 1

    34 Alexander Drive, Winston Park

    The home of Sharon and Derek Rabie.

    • This Garden is wheelchair friendly
    • Flora and Fauna Publications Trust will be present with their excellent books. Renowned author Elsa Pooley will be at the garden on Sunday morning.
    • Botanical Society of South Africa – Coastal Branch
    • Snake Country – Pat McKrill will have reptiles on display and will gladly engage in discussions on how to live in harmony with reptiles.
    • An art exhibition”Shades of Trees” will be held under the shade of some of the most beautiful trees
    • Craftsmen Simbarashe Takavada and Calsen Mangena will have their wire and bead crafts for sale
    • Garden utilising the low water consumption of plants like aloes, this one is worth visiting if you’re looking for inspiration.
    • Tea and eats table to refresh visitors will be available and aloes will be on sale too.

    Garden 2

    6 Controversy Road, Assagay

    The home of Izolda van der Merwe and Tanya Visser.

    • Pop-up shop with gardening tools, watering cans and other products on sale.
    • Coffee and drinks for sale.

    Most South African garden enthusiasts know Tanya Visser from the Home Channel’s popular show, The Gardener.

    Her beautiful Assagay home will be one of the highlights of the Pop-up Gardens Event. The many varieties and different display options for succulents, which Tanya’s home demonstrates, will certainly inspire many people to try something new in their own gardens.

    This garden includes a relatively high percentage of non-indigenous species but has been included as a Pop-up Garden as this is a reality in many gardens and we welcome the discussion and debate this will generate on the value of indigenous species!

    Garden 3

    4 David Road, West Riding

    The home of Michelle and Miles Steenhuisen.

    • Aloes and succulents grown by Miles will be on sale.
    • BirdLife Port Natal will provide information on making your garden friendly for birds.
    • Talk on succulents at 12:00 on Saturday and 13:00 on Sunday.
    • The garden illustrates various phases of development and landscaper Miles Steenhuisen will be on hand to explain how he has designed and shaped the garden
    • The School of Garden Design will be at this garden with information on their gardening programmes

    Garden 4

    13 Valley Drive, Forest Hills

    The home of Helen Terblanche.

    This award winning garden was on display in 2018 but is too good to miss so we gladly feature it again this year.

    The garden is set on the edge of a stunning riverine forest and is designed to blend seamlessly into the natural surrounds.

    • There will be butterfly experts on site from LEPSOC to chat to visitors about developing your garden to attract butterflies.
    • Art on display by local artists:Cheryl Antonizi, Val Sperryn, Felicity Jackson, Ann Avenant and Cheryl Sociatti.

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