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The Gardens

Garden No1

32 Jan Smuts Avenue, Winston Park (Haley & Gavin Hough)

Mix and match!
An estate large enough to host habitats of all types. Although presently in a transition phase between ornamental exotics and indigenous species, the garden’s plants were ideally selected to suit each section, creating a flourishing mosaic and stunning example of what is possible in the micro-environments of each garden type.

Parking: Parking not easy and is on Jan Smuts Avenue which is a very busy road so do take care. Best park on the left hand side heading towards Winston Park

Accessibility: This is a fairly flat garden except for those that would like to do the forest/grassland walk.

Also at this garden:

  • Artefacts by wire craftsman Calsen Mangena
  • Nature Facts Treasure Hunt

Garden No2

34 Alexander Drive, Winston Park (Derek & Sharron Rabie)

Aloe, Aloe, Aloe!
Calling all Aloe enthusiasts! With a count of 65 species and growing, this property boasts a variety of Aloe species like no other and also showcases what is possible with foresight, creativity and a substantial amount of elbow grease. Lawns were converted to indigenous grasslands with wooden walkways, and shaded and infertile alien invaded areas transformed into sun-drenched indigenous havens. An impressive pool-side rockery and water feature was created from scratch; and is now naturally and cleverly filtered by a variety of indigenous plant species.

Parking: Plenty of verge parking available

Accessibility: This garden has been designed for people with difficulty in mobility – it is wheelchair friendly. There are a number of ponds at this garden so parents need to keep an eye on their children.

Also at this Garden:

  • Dr Jeanne Tarrant – EWT – Threatened Amphibian Programme – Jeanne will have information on frogs
  • Nick Evans – KwaZulu-Natal Amphibian & Reptile Conservation – Nick will have some of his reptiles on display and will be on hand to answer questions.
  • The KZN Bat Group – with live bats!
  • The home owner Derek Rabie is a aloe grower and will have aloes for sale
  • Nature Facts Treasure Hunt

Garden No 3

The duBoirs Boutique Lodge, Wedding & Conference Venue, 198 Inanda Road, Crestholme (Palesa Dube)

The Tea Garden






This year’s venue emphasises the “garden” in “tea garden”. A vast property bordered by the Nkutu river that has been undergoing huge structural and flora transformations since 2009. This hidden gem celebrates the beauty of its indigenous surrounds and boasts a waterfall, walkways throughout, riverside picnic grounds and polished lawns, all visible from the deck of the venue’s spacious reception hall – where this year’s tea and cake will be served.

Parking: Plenty of parking available near the hall where the tea/coffee will be served

Accessibility: Easy access to the tea/coffee serving area. Access to the garden is via stairs or a roughly paved road – vehicle access will be allowed via the road for any visitors with mobility difficulties  – once down the garden is very flat and easy to move about

Also at this Garden:

  • Kloof Conservancy Information Table including information on Invasive Alien Plants
  • Garden artefacts by metal craftsman Lazarus Kukakunesu
  • Garden artefacts by wire craftsman Simbarashe Takavada
  • Garden and other artefacts by wire craftsman Ronnie Mthombeni
  • Soaps by Lulu Boo 100% Handmade Naturals
  • Indigenous plant sales from Grasslands Nursery
  • Indigenous plant sales from Gods Green Gift Nursery
  • Art on display and for purchase from the Highway Arts Group
  • Display and information on cake decorating from The School of Contemporary Cake Design
  • Reusable packaging by Eco Living
  • Wors Rolls and Chicken Burgers at our traditional Tuck Shop!
  • Nature Facts Treasure Hunt
  • Music by local string trio: Churchill3 (on Sunday 10:00 to 12:00)

Garden No 4

32 Umgeni View, Crestholme (Christine and Vincent Dench)

A Garden with a View

A garden to be treasured for the view over the Umngeni Valley! This small garden has transformed from an exotic to mostly indigenous garden over many years during which it has been the home of Christine and Vincent Dench. Christine is a passionate gardener and former chairperson of the Crestholme Conservancy during which time she encouraged home owners to plant indigenous and also developed the welcoming garden at the entrance to Crestholme. Today her garden is attracts many bird and butterfly species who have the adjacent valley as their extended home.

Parking: This is a dead end and there is some limited parking on the verge

Accessibility: This is a small garden and there is easy access to most of the garden. The deck at the pool will be closed as there is no handrail so please do not enter the closed area.

Also at this garden:

  • artefacts made with imported glass beads and on-site demonstrations from Grace Glass
  • Nature Facts Treasure Hunt

Garden No 5

13 Valley Drive, Forest Hills (Helen Terblanche)

A 33-year journey from exotic to indigenous
Helen, a founder of the Indigenous Open Garden Show and certainly one of the pioneer indigenous gardeners of our area, began her garden transformation in 1985. Her award winning garden began as a collection of aesthetic exotics and any indigenous species she could lay her hands on due to the lack of indigenous plant nurseries and species awareness at the time. Over three decades later, her garden is now in an advanced stage of transformation, with more than 95% of species being indigenous. Helen’s journey from exotic to indigenous is shared by many an avid gardener and really highlights how spoilt-for-choice we are these days with all nurseries offering an array of indigenous options.

Parking: Limited parking on the verge – there is difficult curb to climb over take care.

Accessibility: There is a long gentle inclined driveway to get to the garden. Once there access to most of the garden is reasonably easy.

Also at this garden:

  • a short walk to the Nkutu River through a riverine forest – it is steep and requires modest fitness
  • Nature Facts Treasure Hunt
  • The Flora and Fauna Publications Trust will have books on sale and some of the authors will also be present. A roster is shown below:
    Saturday am Saturday pm Sunday am Sunday pm
    Elsa Pooley Elsa Pooley Geoff Nichols Richard Boon

Elsa Pooley well-known gardening and plant author will be holding “Gardening Tip’s” at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 15:00 at Garden No4 on Saturday 16 June.

Garden No 6

34B Margaret Crescent, Forest Hills (Dave & Sue Mercer)

Indigenous made easy
Dave and Sue Mercer, an always on-the-go couple have impressively created and maintained their slice of paradise in their limited free time. Their stunning and butterfly-attracting (over 110 species and counting) plant diversity is initially thanks to their closest friends and family – who bought the newlywed couple indigenous plants off their unconventional gift registry at a local nursery. Eleven years later, they have even restored a grassland in the lower part of their property that now seamlessly flows into the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve beyond, with a backdrop of jaw-dropping valley views to boot.

Parking: Plenty of parking on the verge

Accessibility: There is a fairly steep (going down) driveway at this garden which may be difficult for older persons. Once at the garden access is easy

Also at this garden:

  • well known reptile enthusiast and author Pat McKrill will have some snakes on display and will be on hand to answer your questions on reptiles.
  • Primates Africa – information and advice on vervet monkeys
  • Nature Facts Treasure Hunt

Garden No 7

9 Watsonia Place, Forest Hills (Helen & Tim McClurg)

The forest with a view
This garden shares two borders with the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve and will be of great interest to long-term Indigenous Open Gardens show attendees, having been previously featured in the 2008 show. Since then, the garden has progressed in its “indigenous” transformation with flourishing outcrop displays and well-established trees rising from perfectly manicured (and very inviting) lawns. This garden is the perfect example of indigenous habitat expansion balanced with all the aesthetic appeals of a well-trained garden.

Parking: This is a dead end with limited parking. There is plenty of verge parking on Bridle road and a short pleasant walk to the garden.

Accessibility: This is a very flat garden with easy access throughout

Also at this garden:

  • The Botanical Society of South Africa – Coastal Branch
  • Assagay Coffee
  • Nature Facts Treasure Hunt


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