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Open Gardens 2019 – Open Wildlife Gardens – KZN

March 24, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm


The KZN Inland branch of the Botanical Society (BotSoc) is holding their annual Open Wildlife Gardens in March 2019. BotSoc promotes ‘wildlife’ or ‘ecological’ gardening to encourage the use of indigenous plants to create mini ecosystems in our spaces or gardens. They promote an awareness of our local flora and fauna so that it becomes natural to accept birds or insects as an essential part of the life cycle of plants, whether it be pollination or decomposition. Their aim is for visitors to be inspired to take home some good ideas to use in their own spaces. Four gardens will be open for viewing over just one weekend. Funds raised are used towards environmental education for underprivileged school kids.

Times: 09:30 – 16:00

Entry: R50. Tickets are available at each garden venue and cover access to all the gardens.

Enquiries: Mary Thrash 0317851781, 07216141612, mary@ sharpmetal.co.za

Gardens featured:

Gael Whiteley, 5 Dalkeith Road, Ashburton

Gael’s garden is almost completely indigenous and contains species well adapted to the dry Ashburton area. It has been on the Open Garden circuit before and has some well-established trees.

Directions: Take the N3 out of Pietermaritzburg and take the Ashburton off-ramp. Turn north on Pope Ellis Drive, then take the first right into Dalkeith Road. All the gardens are well signposted.


Mary Thrash, SMP, Umlaas Road

Mary has rehabilitated much of her garden from an infestation of cat’s claw creeper. The eco-pool is well established and incorporates good ideas on how to maintain it. There is a wide range of indigenous plants available on the market.

Directions: From the N3 take the Lion Park off-ramp, turn left (north), drive 1km and then turn right. Drive for 2km and turn right under the freeway. Turn left immediately after the tunnel.


Barbara Boast and her son Mark, 1km from Garden No. 2

This garden has been designed by Rob Gates of Gate’s Way. It has beautiful sweeping lawns and stunning views of the Valley of 1000 Hills and Table Mountain.

Directions: From the Thrash garden turn right. After Rainbow chickens turn left just before the bridge. Follow the signs.


Alison Young, Ingomankulu, Tala Valley, Umbumbulu Road.

Alison maintains this garden herself with very little extra help, so it is designed for a minimum of maintenance. There are ideas for compost heaps, a vegetable garden, an eco-pool and rockeries. Refreshments will be available at this venue.

Directions: From Garden 3, proceed under the bridge to Umlaas Road. Turn left onto Richmond Road and then right onto the Umbumbulu Road. Follow this for 6km. Turn right onto the Ingomankulu Road and drive to the end of the tar (5km).


March 24, 2019
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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