⁕ Helderberg Hospice Open Gardens 2023

Friday 20 – Sunday 22 October 2023

Beautiful gardens, all with their own character, will be open to view in the Helderberg area. Tickets are available on Webtickets and Pick n Pay stores. Come to the Helderberg Hospice first to get maps and enjoy our garden as your first stop, then continue to the other gardens on show.

Info below is from 2022:

The Helderberg Hospice Open Gardens boasts approximately 15 gardens in and around the Helderberg (Somerset West, Western Cape) that will be open to the public in October 2022 to benefit Helderberg Hospice. Many of the gardens will be offering tea and eats, or you can make a stop at our recommended tea and lunch stops. There is food for the soul in all the gardens; come and relish the beauty of the gardens that grow in the shadow of the Helderberg, drink in the views and be revived by the peace of a place shared by others who care, not only for their plants, but also for the patients of Helderberg Hospice.

Times: 09:00 – 16:00

Entrance: Tickets for each weekend will be on sale via Quicket (online), from Helderberg Hospice at 21 Old Stellenbosch Rd, Somerset West, and from the Helderberg Hospice Shops in Somerset West and Strand. R gives you access to all the gardens open per weekend.

Enquiries: www.helderberghospice.org.za, or call Celestine on 021 852 4608 or 076 062 5855

Snyman Garden

This highly creative home and garden is a visual feast at every turn. Stunning views with beautiful vistas add to the delightful experience. Spend some time exploring the nooks and crannies, and soak in the character of this artistic haven. The owner specialises in growing irises, so don’t miss these!

Cannon Garden

A beautiful old tree adorned with air plants and bird feeders invites you to a lovely thatched lapa, which overlooks a perfectly manicured lawn framed by lush, colourful borders. Don’t miss the interesting cacti and succulent courtyard.

Oliver Garden

An appealing hanging garden adds interest at the entrance of this lovely garden. Unusual garden thrones invite you to sit a while and admire the view of splendid trees, tranquil views and beautifully grouped pots with interesting décor.

McEwan Garden

This Oriental garden exudes peace and tranquillity. The beautiful koi pond, thoughtfully placed buddhas and immaculate bonsai trees are a tribute to the owners’ son, Robert, who succumbed to Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2017. The garden continues to be instrumental in the family’s healing process since Robert’s passing.

Yorke-Hart Garden

Sea shells, water features and the lush profusion of plants give you the sense of being on holiday somewhere fun and exotic. Lively colour, hand-made tiles and many creative touches add to the vibrancy. The fairy gardens are a beautiful new addition, each of which has a different inspiration and name.

Rimmel Garden

Closer to nature you will not find. Nestled in the mountains and magnificent in its rustic unpretentious, this garden repurposes weathered wood and mountain stone into unusual features. Indigenous with many impressive trees, the views and scenery are spectacular.

Walter’s Garden (Van Heerden)

This interesting garden is lovingly tended to by the proud gardener. The lush lawn, tranquil koi pond and beautifully grouped collections of plants, driftwood, topiaries and natural rock are framed by dense foliage and majestic forestry.

Spence Garden

Perched on a hill with views across False Bay, this stunning garden is a feast for the senses. Discover the many different spaces, which include a huge variety of plants interspersed creatively with statues. Do stop to buy fresh farm grown vegetables from the little farm stall near the parking area. Please note there are steps in the garden – it is not wheelchair friendly.

Oosthuizen Garden

This is a very natural, shady garden, much of which is undeveloped. From the bountiful verge to every lush corner, you will find a huge variety of interesting indigenous plants. Pathways meander throughout, leading to water features, secluded seating areas, a granite pond, bird feeders, statues and gorgeous vistas. The highlight is the magnificent crown pine tree, which originates from the French Huguenots.

McDonald Garden

Symmetry and balance are key features of this small garden. Striking topiaries, pots and statues create charming focal features. Perfectly manicured and neat, this garden demonstrates beautifully the depth and appeal that can be achieved  in a small space.

Helderberg Hospice Garden

Our lovely garden includes many special memorials in remembrance of loved ones. Come and enjoy a tour, relax with some tea and treats, and browse our interesting tables – there will be plants and gardening books for sale and lots more.