Open Gardens 2017- Participating Gardens

Noordhoek cordially invites the public to take a stroll through some of our beautiful and inspiring gardens on Saturday the 21st and Sunday the 22nd of October.

On this spectacular weekend, there will be four categories of gardens on show: medium, large, indigenous and food.

Take a scroll through the page to see participating gardens.

Medium Gardens:

Tone & Claire Alexander:

ON SHOW Sunday 22nd October

Designed around a formal theme and inspired by Tone's love for travel and his recent trip to Australia to meet world famous landscape designer Paul Bangay. 

The garden is made up of box hedging, hedging and various Superballs. It is a lesson in restraint and discipline and a culmination of Tone's 25 years of landscape design. 

Anca & Ollie Wright:

ON SHOW Saturday 21st October

A corner stand of medium size with typical sunny north side and shady east side challenges. There's a fair amount of indigenous plants in the garden, with paths that lead you around to different nooks.

A small patch supplies is with most of our basic vegetables and herbs. Wonderful views from the deck and unwinding spot. 


Large Gardens

Kathy & Gavin Fish- 'The House at Pooh Corner':

ON SHOW Saturday 21st October

A once dense silver leaf poplar forest has been transformed over 20 years into a beautiful, semi-shaded garden with over 70 different species of trees. Paths meander along the river and through the forest. 

There's a formal veggie garden and a magnificent Bonsai garden. Their very own wonderful '100 Acre Wood'


Heather & Phillippa Dresner- 'Shady Oaks':

ON SHOW Sunday 22nd October

Originally the old caravan park and one of Noordhoek's oldest properties, this well established garden rambles over five acres of oak tree flanked meadows bordered by two streams, plenty of shaded garden planted with clivias, ferns and plectranthus amongst others, and a working vegetable garden.

Isabella & Timothy Spies:

ON SHOW Sunday 22nd October

A tranquil, rambling and mostly indigenous garden, featuring over 90 different species of trees, with ponds and relaxing benches. 

Overlooking the mountains and sea, other features include a zen garden, organic veggie beds, sculptures and other surprises , as well as an abundance of colourful flowering shrubs. 

Samantha & Andrew Hart:

ON SHOW Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd October

A large garden which is four worlds in one- a succulent, water-wise desert section flowing onto rolling lawns, which lead to a landscaped dam with a bridge to an island. 

The path around the dam takes you to a tropical rainforest area which leads to the clivia breeding and Bonsai section. Take a peep in the arts and crafts studio. 

Michelle & Andrew Procter:

ON SHOW Saturday 21st October

A family garden in progress, with a vision that lends into the mountains and the sea that surrounds it. With two areas trnasformed to connect the nature and a few more areas to work on. 

Come and enjoy this beautiful garden and learn lessons from an English gardener turned Capetonian.

Indigenous Gardens

Nola & Gianni Viotti:

ON SHOW Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd October

An intense experience on a slope that provides plenty of variety and endless joy. In an article in the South African Home and Garden magazine of 2009, Marianne Alexander says, "With her artistic flair, Nola Muller Viotti has used organic materials to create an indigenous garden that's alive with colour all year round".

Antje & Bernard Madden:

ON SHOW Saturday 21st October

A young, mainly indigenous garden on the slopes overlooking Dassenberg koppies, the vlei, the beach ad Chapman's Peak, has spectacular views. 

With a fish pond, chicken corner, vegetable patch, beehive and masses of fynbos, succulents, vygies and other Cape-friendly plants. Regular sightings of raptors. 

Alison & Richard Farraday- 'Leopardstone Hill':

ON SHOW Sunday 22nd October

An indigenous garden on a sloping hillside with ocean and mountain views. Featuring intriguing paths through a water-wise vegetable garden, a succulent display towards the wetland pool and pond, in which both humans and frogs cool off. 

Featuring many local tree, aloe and pincushion species. A fun and creative space!

Natalie & Andrew van der Heever- 'Evergreen':

ON SHOW Saturday 21st October

Backing onto Dassenberg Koppie, the garden slopes up towards the house along a myriad of paths in a profusion of indigenous colour. 

If you are lucky, you will spot one of the resident Salcata or Cape Leopard Tortoises. The terraced lawns and pool enjoy magnificent views of the Noordhoek Valley and beach in the distance.

Sally Brimble- 'Senzeni':

ON SHOW Sunday 22nd October

Prior to 2010, the land used to be a farm land where moles roamed freely, and nothing else. There was only one tree on the property! Today, the garden is totally indigenous. 

We use borehole and rain water. There's a large vegetable garden, and worm farm, plus an all natural pool which works in harmony with a wetland. 

Food Gardens

The Clacks- 'Metro Organics':

ON SHOW Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd October

The Metro Organics urban farm situated on the corner of Sleepy Hallow Lane and Pepper Lane is on roughly 2400m2 of land, and is being transformed into a functional yet beautiful organic food garden. 

It is run by the Clack family who are passionate about growing both the organic consciousness and organic veggies. 

Angela & Justin Gomes- 'Jardim':

ON SHOW Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd October

Jardim, meaning garden in Portuguese, is the Gomes' family farm. A year ago the family embarked on an organic veggie adventure that now sees Jardim supplying organic vegetables to the community. 

If you make your way down on a Saturday, you'll get to pick your own veggies and enjoy spending time in our garden. 

Chapman's Peak Nature Sanctuary

Guided walks with Dr Donovan Kirkwood

ON SHOW Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd October

The Noordhoek vValley still has small remnants of a natural wonderland of Strandveld, coastal forest, lowland and mountains. As we enter the third year of drought, our habitats and plants have a lot to teach us about resiliently beautiful, extremely low water gardening that also supports local conservation and wildlife.

Ecologist Dr Donovan Kirkwood will be taking tours of the "Chapman's peak Nature Sanctuary", an endangered Cape Flats Dune Strandveld and coastal forest remnant next to the Red Herring complex off Beach Road, sharing the special plants that grow there and the lessons fo the ecosystem have for gardeners. 

We have partnered with a specialist grower to have local plants and will have recommended plant lists.