Noordhoek Open Gardens 2021 Saturday 16th Oct – Sunday 17th Oct 10h00 – 16h00
Spring has sprung and Noordhoek gardens are in full bloom!
This means it’s time for the 7th annual Noordhoek Open Gardens, being held over two days on the weekend of 16-17 October 2021.
This year, a total of 18 gardens are on show – from large and rambling, to small and cottagey, indigenous and exotic, shade and sun loving, water-wise and food gardens – making for a wonderful day or weekend outing!
Visitors will be able to explore properties with indigenous palettes, eco- gardens, organic food gardens, woodlands, a Zen garden and wetlands pool, as well as small cottage-style gardens – all set against Noordhoek’s breath- taking sea and mountain views.
The Noordhoek Environmental Action Group will offer tours of the Chapman’s Peak Nature Sanctuary, where visitors will learn about eco-systems that once covered large parts of Noordhoek and are mapped as critical biodiversity areas by the City of Cape Town. Guided tours will run at 11h00 and
15h00 on both days.
There will be workshop and demonstrations on propagating clivias and pruning bonsais. Visitors will be able to pick their own vegetables, enjoy wine
tasting, and buy plants and garden treasures at different gardens. Some gardeners, who are also artists and potters, will allow a peek into their studios.
In line with the times, visitors will be asked to adhere to COVID-19 regulations by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.
Partnered by Noordhoek Tourism, the event is organised by On the Verge, a non-profit community greening and social responsibility project. Proceeds from Noordhoek Open Gardens enables On the Verge to continue and expand this community work.
On The Verge was formed 11 years ago to preserve the natural beauty of Noordhoek, while providing jobs for unemployed members of neighbouring Masiphumelele. The project currently employs eight gardeners, who can be seen every Wednesday digging, weeding or planting somewhere along the roadsides. To date, On The Verge has planted more than 120 trees and beautified 30 verges. It helps with alien vegetation clearing and maintaining/extending various walking and horse riding paths.
“We have also revamped and maintained Noordhoek’s historic Village Lane Post-Office garden and have planted trees in two play parks,” says On The Verge founder, Kathy Fish. “In conjunction with the City of Cape Town
Environmental Management Department, we are now tackling public open spaces, opening up forgotten footpaths and greening some of these underutilised and forgotten spaces for the community and visitors to enjoy.”
“We are extremely grateful for the support from our sponsors, from the business community, private individuals and community groups. Many local residents and our two local nurseries have also been extremely enthusiastic and supportive,” she says.
Note to editors:
Tickets will be available at the gardens for R25 single entry, R125 for a day pass and R200m for a weekend pass. Children under 18 enter for free and there will be pensioners’ discounts.
Tickets: 072 574 6608
Noordhoek Open Gardens: Kathy Fish 082 3965295 Facebook page: www.facebook.com/noordhoek.ontheverge Instagram: #noordhoekopengardens