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EVENTS | October & November

Published on September 22nd 2020
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It's finally that time of year again - Open Garden season. Remember to mark these events on your calendar!

Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden (By Apt only!)

When | Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Time | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where | Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden, Blaauwklippen Road, Stellenbosch
For more information or to book your spot contact Dylan Lewis at 0218800054 or visit their website at
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Plantae Orchids Open Day

The first open day since the lockdown started in March! There will be an interesting range on our bargain table, some other specials for the day as well as some plants which cannot be sent via courier due to their size. More information to follow soon.
When | 3 October
Where | Plantae, Kleinfontein, Brits
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Cape Orchid Society

Spring pop-up hosted by Tokara Delicatessen. There will be daily demonstrations at 11 am and 2 pm and orchids and art will be for sale.
When | 3 & 4 October, 2020
Time | 9am - 5pm
Where | Tokara Delicatessen, R310 Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch.
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FREE entry.
For more information contact Bev on 083 252 4659 or visit

Garden Day!

Join us in your garden on Sunday 11 October for Garden Day 2020!
Most of the year we plant, water, weed and mulch – work. Garden Day, however, is the time to reap the rewards of your labour. No matter how big or small your garden is – whether you have rolling lawns, a simple window box display or a stunning indoor jungle – Garden Day is all about downing tools and celebrating the fruits of your labour.
To learn more about garden day ad ideas on how to celebrate on the 11th of October, dig into the article below.
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Everyone's getting ready to celebrate Garden Day!


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Helderberg Hospice Open Gardens

There will be 11 gardens in and around the Helderberg will be open to the public. There is a lovely variety of gardens for you to appreciate and enjoy. Strict Covid-19 protocols will be observed so remember to wear your masks at all times. All monies raised go to funding our specialised service of care to all in the Helderberg basin facing the challenge of a life-threatening illness.
Tickets can be purchased from Helderberg Hospice, 21 Old Stellenbosch Rd, Somerset West between 9h00 – 16h00 from Friday 9 October to Sunday 11 October.
For security purposes, the addresses of the private open gardens, as well as the accompanying map, will only be available from Friday, 9 October 2020.
When | 10 to 11 October 2020
Where | Helderberg
Time | 9h00 to 16h00
Cost | R90 gives you access to all 11 gardens.
For more information, visit or call Celestine on 021 852 4608.
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Barrydale Open Garden

Barrydale in Bloom aka "The Bloom" invites you to join their Annual Open Garden Safari, 10-11 October 2020.
With COVID19 Lockdowns all over the country, they anticipate holding the Bloom 2020 with Covid19 safety measures in place to secure visitors and gardeners alike. If lockdown regulations permit, it continue in full Bloom! If restrictions are still in place, a blended option will be considered, with possibilities for online showcasing and meetings.
For more information keep an eye on Barrydale Open Garden website.
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Johnman Garden Spring Open Day

When | 17 October 2020
Where | 8 Herte Street, Stellenbosch
Time | 9h30 - 13h00
Cost | R50
Tea, coffee and cake available! COVID regulations apply.
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Noordhoek Open Gardens

Noordhoek Open Gardens runs over two days, allowing visitors and gardening enthusiasts time to meander through sixteen gardens. Enjoy the local hospitality and take home a garden treasure or two.
When | 17 to 18 October 2020
Where | Noordhoek
Time | 10h00 to 16h00
Cost |
  • R 25 single entry
  • R125 day pass
  • R200 weekend pass
  • Children under 18 free
  • Pensioners' discount
For ticket info call | + 27 72 574 6608
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Avondale Wine Estate (Paarl) Open Gardens

Date | 24 to 25 October 2020
Time | 10:00 am - 4:00 am
Where | Avondale Wine Estate, Lustigan Road, Klein Drakenstein, Southern Paarl
Cost | R25
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Plantae Open Day

Plantae Orchids invites you to their Open Day on 31 October! There is a huge selection of orchids available in flower plus those sought-after species and hybrids for the collectors. Don't forget about their range of rare and unusual plants which will also be available at the open day. As usual, the bargain corner will be filled with lots of plants at much-reduced prices.
DATE | 31 October 2020
TIME | 9am to 1pm
WHERE | Plantae Orchids. Find directions here.
Please note, there are some potholes in the road as you exit Brits en-route to the nursery. Also, be aware of the newly-installed traffic calming humps next to the school before the turn-off to the nursery.
If you cannot make this Open Day, please diarise our next one which will be on 5 December!

Plantae Orchids

Plantae Orchids is a specialist nursery dedicated to the growing of orchids and rare & unusual plants. We offer a wide variety of orchid species and orchid hybrids with an emphasis on angraecoids, cattleyas, dendrobiums, oncidiinae phalaenopsis and vandas. Orchid plants can be purchased either at the nursery, at the various shows we attend countrywide or via mail order within South Africa. Our inventory features also exotic plants such as tillandsias and other bromeliads, carnivorous plants, hoyas, ornamental gingers as well as some rare trees and shrubs. We are able to present informative lectures and workshops. An informative monthly newsletter is circulated via e-mail with topical information on orchid growing and notices of shows and open days taking place in that month. You can subscribe to our newsletter by providing us with your details in the space allocated below to the right. The orchid and rare plant nursery is open by appointment as well as on the special open days listed. It would be a shame for you to drive out to the nursery and find we are away on delivery or attending a show. Please phone before you visit if it is not one of the open days listed on the website. Come and enjoy the peace and quiet of the bushveld on one of our open days. You would be able to view a wide range of orchids and other plants, our growing facilities and a variety of exotic cage birds. The garden keeps on expanding and here you would be able to see orchids and other epiphytes growing and flowering in the trees combined with a range of indigenous and exotic plants along the pathways. Wonderful scenery, a wide range of indigenous birds and trees will add to the magic of the visit!

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Rustenberg Manor House Open Garden

The private Rustenberg Manor House gardens will once again be open to the public.
The Rustenberg Private Garden is only open once a year to visitors, and it is an event not to be missed! The Schoongezicht garden near the wine tasting centre is open all year round, seven days a week and open from 9 am until 4.30pm.
Refreshments will be available for purchase under the oaks and many of the plants you will see in the garden are available for purchase from our Longbarn Nursery.
When | 30 October to 1 November 2020
Where | Rustenberg Wines, Rustenberg Road, Off Lelie Street Ida’s Valley, 7600
Time | 9h00 to 16h30
Cost | R50 per person. Tickets available at the gate. Children under 10 enter free
For more information visit Rustenberg Wines.
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Keurbos Spring Open Garden

When | 31 October to 1 November 2020
Where | Keurbos Nursery, Elgin, Western Cape, South Africa
Time | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cost | R30
For more information contact Jessie Walton at 0834583790 or visit
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Old Nectar Open Garden

Old Nectar, the creation of late South African gardening doyenne Una van der Spuy, is set in a tranquil valley in the Jonkershoek Mountains on the edge of Stellenbosch. Una spent a remarkable 71 years creating what is believed to be the only privately owned garden in South Africa with national heritage status, declared in 1967. Old Nectar’s famous gardens in Stellenbosch are spectacular for the variety of trees, the abundance of colours, and other gorgeous features such as the round rose garden, the pergola walk, the indigenous garden and many more.
When | 31October to 1 November 2020
Time | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where | Old Nectar, Jonkershoek road, Stellenbosch
Cost | R50 per person. Children under 18 enter free. Tickets available at the gate.
For more information contact Peter van der Spuy at 0823429867 or 021 866 1133.
Coffee and snacks available for purchase, but you are more than welcome to also bring your own picnic basket and relax and unwind under the trees.
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Duckitt LAST Open House

Entrance is free and plants and flowers are for sale in the pack-shed. The greenhouse with the most spectacular display of flowers at that time is also opened to the public.
Free tea and coffee and also our famous 'Presby' pancakes for sale in the pack- shed.
When | 7 November
Time | 09:00 - 12:00
Where | Duckitt Nurseries, R315, Darling
Contact | +27 22 492 2606

South Coast Collectors of Exotic plants & orchids

Buyers and Sellers converge at Stephward Estate on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th November 2020. Open to Public to buy plants, Teas, Breakfasts, Lunches & Cash Bar available.
When | 6 to 7 November 2020
Where | Stephward Estate, 1B Meriel Rd 4270 Uvongo Beach, South Africa
Time | 6 Nov - 8am; 7 Nov - 11 am
For more information visit
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Elgin Open Gardens

This year 7 gardens will open in the Elgin district over two weekends to benefit local charities. These are Auldearn, Fresh Woods, Lavenham, Houw Hoek Outspan, Keurbos and Sonop, The Stone Kitchen and Wildekrans Country House. They range from large established country gardens to very young, recently planted gardens on farms and smallholdings, all in a setting of great natural beauty an hour’s drive from Cape Town.
  • First weekend | 31 October - 1 November 2020
  • Second weekend | 7 November - 8 November 2020
Where | Numerous gardens in Elgin
Time | 09h30 - 17h00
Cost | Varies between gardens
For more information contact Barbara Knox-Shaw at 021 8440154 / 078 021 2101 or visit their website at
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Hoekwil Open Gardens

Four diverse and beautiful gardens will be open to visiting on 7 and 8 November.
Date | 7 and 8 November 2020
Time | 09:00 - 16:00
Where | Hoekwil Post Office - Info Kiosk, Kerk Street, Hoekwil
Cost | R50 for both days.
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Acara Open Garden

When | 14 November 2020
Time | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where | Acara Guest Cottages, 1.2km down Winery Road, near Raithby, Stellenbosch
Cost | R40 per person
Tea and coffee with muffins will be served. Plants for sale.
For more information visit Acara Open Gardens.
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Salem Biblical Gardens

When | The garden is open throughout the year.
Time | Tuesdays to Sundays 08:00 – 18:00
Where | Salem Biblical Garden, Rheebokskloof Road, Paarl, Western Cape
For more information visit Salem Biblical Garden.
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