Noordhoek Open Gardens 2016

Welcome to our Noordhoek Open Gardens event being held from 22-23 October 2016.

Please see below for the map of the locations taking part in the event.  For more regular updates, please follow us on Facebook

Here is a comprehensive list of all the gardens taking part: 

Donovan Kirkwood  13 Seascape Road  (On show 22 & 23 Oct)

Dr Donovan Kirkwood's garden integrates his passion as an ecologist & botanist and a 25 year interest in sustainability and organic food gardening. This is a garden in progress, where water-wise, sustainability, ecological and permaculture principles are being implemented. The kitchen food garden is managed organically using ecological principles. A selection of local, plants, seed, and organic fertilisers will be on sale.

Heather and Philippa Dresner  SHADY OAKS, Main Road Noordhoek

(On show 22 & 23 Oct)

Shady Oaks is one of Noordhoek’s oldest properties. Originally the old caravan park, it now houses the homestead and 2 cottages. This well established garden rambles over 5 acres of oak tree flanked meadows bordered by 2 streams, plenty of shaded garden planted with Clivias, ferns and plectranthus amongst others, and a working vegetable garden. This much loved family property is the location for numerous film and photo shoots, bearing testament to the gorgeous grounds and gardens.  We look forward to welcoming you to Shady Oaks. 

2 Sally Brimble   SENZENI , Dassenheuwel Lane.

(On show 23 Oct)

This garden was planted at the end of 2010.  The land was previously farm land, where monster moles roamed freely, and nothing else!!! There was one tree on the property.

The garden today is totally indigenous. We use borehole and rain water. There is a large vegetable garden, and worm farm, plus a totally natural pool which works in harmony with a wet land. Chickens range freely and produce 3 to 7 eggs per day.

Kathy & Gavin Fish   THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER, Village Lane

(On show  23 Oct)

An inherited Silver leaf poplar forest has been transformed over 20 years into a beautiful semi-shade garden with over 70 different species of trees. Paths meander along the river and through the forest, to secluded spots, a formal veggie garden with scarecrows and a magnificent Bonsai garden.  Accents of pottery and sculpture add to the magic of the garden. Our own wonderful ‘100 Acre Wood’.

Andrew & Samantha Hart  3 Potomac Place

(On show 22 & 23 Oct)

Our garden is a mixture of indigenous and exotics. Gardening here has its challenges and rewards. The SOUTH EASTER being the most character building element there is. We have designed the property with rolling lawns down to a small dam and island. From this oasis there is a walkway through a small tropical forest area up to the nursery. Andrew has been breeding Clivias, Amaryllises and trees for a number of years. Andrew and Sean have a collection of young bonsai trees.

Anca and Ollie Wright  2 Keurboom Way (corner of Keurboom & Oak Ave)  (On show 22 Oct)

A corner stand of medium size with typical sunny north side and shady east side challenges. There is a fair amount of indigenous plants in the garden, with paths that lead you around to different nooks in the garden. A small vegetable patch supplies us with most of our basic veggies and herbs. Stunning view of Chapman’s Peak are enjoyed from the deck, - our unwinding spot for the day

Nola and Gianni Viotti  48 Haven Drive  (On show 23 Oct)

Our garden is 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’’. A visitor may also peep in and view the paintings in Nola’s gallery/studio, talk gardening or just gaze out over the valley and absorb the natural essence of being in touch with nature.

Bernard and Antje Madden  6 Old Cape Farm Road, Noordhoek   (On show 22 & 23 Oct)

Our young, mainly indigenous garden lies on the slopes overlooking Dassenberg koppies, the vlei, the beach and Chapmans Peak, and has spectacular views. With a fish pond, chicken corner, vegetable patch, bee hive and masses of fynbos, succulents, vygies and other Cape friendly plants, we spend most of our free time outdoors on the stoep. Regular sightings of raptors complete our bird-friendly garden.

Tone Alexander  9 Willoughby Drive  (On show 22 & 23 Oct)

The garden at 9 Willoughby drive has been designed around a formal theme, inspired by Tones 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. Colour is limited to black, white, grey and green. This garden is a lesson in restraint and discipline and a culmination of Tone’s 25 years of landscape design.

 Christine and Jock Kannemeyer  10 Teal close

(On show 22 & 23 Oct)

2ha of indigenous garden, laid out like a mini-Kirstenbosch with paths through different sections of the garden, a levelled sizeable lawn and 14m pool. This Family home and garden includes a hedged play-area, as well as a herb garden. Apart from the rock/ cactus-garden -section, the look and colour of this garden changes constantly, as different types of indigenous bulbs come up. Every season holds a little surprise… from pink March lilies popping up exactly every 1st of March, to spurts of white and pink Watsonia’s, Arum lilies, day-lilies, and loads more. This magnificent garden only 7 years old, developed on very sandy and clay soil, is a testament to hard work and a great love for gardening.

Angela and Justin Gomes  JARDIM GARDENS  3 Rosalyn Rd  (On show 22 Oct)

Jardim, meaning garden in Portuguese, is the Gomes family farm located at 3 Rosalyn Rd, Noordhoek. A year ago the family embarked on an organic veggie adventure that now sees Jardim supplying organic veggies to the community. If you make your way down on a Saturday, you’ll get to harvest veggies with Ithai, the resident green-fingered magician.

Amy and Gavin Goldblatt   26 beach road (use entrance in millstone close) (On show 22 Oct)

Mine is the garden of a overworked working mom. It's a place for relaxing after a day’s work, for children to play, dogs to explore, and raptors to heal. The garden consists of a series of terraces, built around our cottage home on the slope of Chapman’s Peak Mountain. A picket fenced veggie garden on one level and a braai area with beautiful stone masonry on another, and yet another where some areas gone wild and others are lovingly tendered with visions of England. 

Nikki and Shaun Van Reenen   7 Pepper Street(corner of Pepper & Nassau Rd.)

(on show 23 Oct)

Wanting our children to grow up knowing what real veggies were, we embarked on what is now a large working veggie garden, not manicured, and sometimes not pretty (depending on your version of pretty), but highly productive. Despite the persistent South Easter, we grow and sell a wide variety of veggies, from heirloom seeds, all organically grown, using permaculture principles and a closed loop system.

Natalie and Andrew van der Heever  EVERGREEN 10 Sword Dancer Close  (on show 22 Oct)

 Backing onto Dassenberg Koppie, our garden slopes upwards towards the house along a myriad of paths in a profusion of indigenous colour . If you are lucky, you will spot one of our resident Sulcata or Cape Leopard Tortoises. Terraced lawns and pool enjoy magnificent views across the Noordhoek Valley and beach in the distance. The sunsets are rivalled only by the beauty of the garden.