visit the gardens of the Garden Route
So often guest will arrive at Fairview Historic Homestead and exclaim how lovely it is to finally see one of the gardens of the garden route. We then explain to them that the Garden Route actually refers to nature’s garden – the fynbos and indigenous forests, so abundant in our part of the country.
It does not matter where our annual holidays are – there will always be at least one garden on the ‘must see’ list ; often the whole trip is planned around ‘open gardens’. We therefor understand that there is a demand for local Garden Route gardeners to open their gardens to visitors – how could it be that George is known as the heart of the Garden Route, yet it lacks gardens open for viewing? We realised that we needed to set a platform for the gardens as a tourist attraction in full right – and that is pretty much how the concept of the new website www.gardenroutegardens.co.za came about!
In 2014, from middle September to middle November, it will be Open Garden time in the Garden Route – so if gardening is your passion then that would be the time to plan a 2 to 3 week trip to the Garden Route.
For a list of private gardens that are open to the public by appointment see http://www.gardenroutegardens.co.za/private-gardens/ . Slightly further afield, but well worth a day trip is The Rose Pavillion – at Bosky Dell, Rae Gilbert created a most spectacular rose garden. More than 5000 roses – and counting… . Large section with heritage roses. See www.rosepavilion.co.za
Many visitors are not aware of our own local Garden Route Botanical garden and Southern Cape Herbarium at the top of Caledon Street. And then there is Nature’s Garden – I have books available with hikes for our guests. Look at this album, which I named Paradise in Eden . An alternative to hiking is a Power Van trip to ‘Topping” – travel in the Outeniqua Mountains, experience the forest and four passes, waterfalls and six tunnels, fynbos and proteas, bird and animal life and the panoramic picnic area.