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Sithanda Nursery, Elgin Valley

Sithanda NurseryRemember, I took some photos of the nursery that we popped into when we took our trip through Elgin. It was on the N2 rest stop next to Pelegrine’s Farm Stall. It was small and quaint and I liked the garden decorations so much I had to show you. They had very nice Rhododendrons (spelling?) and I captured a butterfly on one of the flowers. So, if anyone was taking a trip to Elgin or Grabouw, let us know if you spend time in this nursery. We had no more room in our car boot.

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Contact details:

Sithanda Plants Nursery, Elgin Valley

Tel: 021 848-9146

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The Gardens at Wildekrans Country Estate

Two weeks ago Barbie and I took a drive to Elgin in the Cape Overberg to visit a few specialist nurseries which are located there. The Elgin Valley, one of the Cape’s most beautiful fruit growing areas, is literally an hour’s drive from Cape Town and one of the Western Cape’s better kept secrets in that it is yet to be inundated with crowds over weekends and holidays. The drive from Cape Town to the Elgin Valley remains one of the most beautiful in the country. The N2 heads up Sir Lowry’s Pass where, on a clear day, views over False Bay are simply spectacular. You then descend into the Elgin Valley over the mountain – hence the term ‘overberg’.

We set off on a Tuesday morning and after visiting Heaven Scent Nursery and Duncan’s Roses we decided that rather than rushing back to Cape Town we should spend the night as we had one more nursery we wanted to visit. We stayed the night at Wildekrans Country Estate. When I booked the accommodation I had no idea that Wildekrans has a spectacular garden which is part of the annual “Elgin Open Gardens“. We spent a good hour exploring the garden which is an absolute delight, even in Autumn which is not really prime “garden viewing” time. The owners have created a very special and sometimes quirky garden here, which was an absolute pleasure to explore and I am planning a return trip in Spring to see it in its spring glory. Barbie took lots of great photographs which I want to share here on the blog (also see the Flickr gallery below for more photos).

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[one_half_last]Looking towards the Rose GardenWildekrans Country Estate[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Looking towards the converted barnWildekrans Country Estate[/one_half]

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[one_half_last]Grasses at the streamWildekrans Country Estate[/one_half_last]

We had a lovely stay at the Guest House. The service was fantastic, the rooms were simply gorgeous, beautifully decorated, very comfortable and I wish I could have stayed a bit longer. Next time I want to escape the rat race I’ll book into Wildekrans for a couple of days!!

Photo Gallery at Flickr:

Contact Details for Wildrekrans Country Estate:
Wildekrans Country House, N2, Houw Hoek, Cape Overberg, Western Cape.
Contact: Alison Green, Tel: +27 (0)28 284-9827

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Fairholme Nursery in Elgin

On Tuesday morning Barbie and I set off on a little road trip to go “plant hunting”. We were looking for slightly less common plants, specifically ornamental and unusual grasses which Barbie plans to make a feature of in her garden. Two weeks ago when I attended the Rare Plant Fair in Stellenbosch I bought a beautiful grass from Fairholme Nursery who were in attendance. The grass is Panicum Virgatum “Shenandoah”, and after looking around locally and not finding it, we learnt that Fairholme Nursery specialises in perennials, grasses and lavenders. So off we set to go and find Fairholme Nursery in Elgin.

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So first off I have to mention that if you plan to go there, you will need to call them first and get proper directions! They are not easy to find, there is no signage and no big board welcoming you to Fairholme, in fact they are tucked away off any major route and unless you know exactly where they are, you will not find them. The reason is that they are in fact not a mainstream nursery but a wholesale nursery. They only sell to landscapers and retail nurseries, not to two newbie-gardening-idiots who decide to trek all the way to Elgin on a whim and come knocking at their doors. But in typical friendly country-style we were warmly greeted and an exception made as we had come all the way from Cape Town, but not before being told that “next time” we need to buy a minimum of 30 plants if we want to visit (or visit on the annual “Open Day” in October, when the general public are able to visit the nursery).

No problem, Barbie had a “grass shopping list” not quite a mile long but she managed to find all the grasses on her list and we left with about 20 good size plants and what promises to become a beautiful grass garden! How we got them all into the car I don’t quite know, but we managed and all the beautiful grasses are now sitting on Barbie’s front porch, waiting to be planted. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

A bit of feedback on Fairholme Nursery – It is huge! And really impressive! And the plants are beautiful! Their selection of grasses was fantastic, we were in “grass heaven” here. Attached to the nursery is the owners home which boasts a hugely impressive garden. (their garden is part of the Elgin Open Gardens Festival held annually). It is a large and many-faceted garden with a magnificent view, terraces, pergola walkway, woodland garden, grass garden and rose garden. I took a few photographs of the garden which you can see in the photo gallery below, but as we were in fact intruding on this day, I was hesitant to take too many. We will have to go back in October during the Elgin Open Gardens Festival and take more photographs to share with you of this simply magnificent garden.

Contact Details & Address:

Owners: Duncan & Liz Henderson
Address: 2 km from N2 along Viljoenshoop Road in Elgin / Grabouw, Cape Overberg, Western Cape.
Telephone: +27 (0)21 848-9738 or +27 (0)82 550-8703.

Photo Gallery on Flickr:

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Ferndale Nurseries – a review

Ferndale NurseriesI went to Ferndale Nurseries (yes again!) this afternoon and this time I remembered to take my camera (not the fancy, good one, just a little point and click – I didn’t want to look like a tourist). I always enjoy going to Ferndale – even when they are busy as they were today, the service is great and the selection is superb.

I had no particular agenda today other than perhaps buying a few annuals to plant in a very shady spot out back, so I spent the better part of an hour walking around and clicking away. I arrived an hour before closing time so there weren’t many annuals left to choose from, but I managed to purchase a few.

I bought some more Alyssum to fill blank spaces in the front, Impatiens to replace the ones that got trampled and a first for me … 2 trays of Begonias. I’ve never grown these before and am not even sure I like them a lot, but the tray says they will do well in partial shade so I have a home for them! The ones I bought have light green foliage with white flowers. I also picked up a Sweet Basil to plant with my thriving Tomato plant … and a “Peppermint Plant” that I couldn’t resist because it smelt wonderful and a few other little things. I’ll post the photographs of my latest acquisitions tomorrow … its a good thing I have a big enough garden or what would I spend my money on 🙂

Ferndale Nurseries lies in the crook of Brommersvlei Road in the heart of Constantia. It’s been around for 75 years and the nursery is crammed with a litany of plants, herbs and even vegetable seedlings.

Ferndale Nurseries have been the nursery “behind all of the gardens” in the Constantia Valley for 65 years providing the backing for a green and beautiful valley. Ferndale with its 7 acre nursery offers gardeners a wide range of superior quality plants, water features, garden irrigation and excellent advice from friendly staff. A kids play area with a duck pond and an aviary makes garden shopping enjoyable for the whole family.

For Families with kids, there are also ducks, fish, rabbits, an enviable aviary and a play area that includes a sand pit, swings, slides and a jungle gym – most of these you will find in the lower reaches of the nursery alongside a pond where a host of noisy ducks and geese hang out, waiting for feeding time. There’s plenty of shade,  benches for moms and dads, and a pretty little lavender maze. There’s just no tea room…

[one_half]This is where the catch me, everytime …Great displays[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Incredible ediblesIncredible Edibles[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Lovely RosesLovely Roses[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Beautiful ornamental grassesBeautiful grasses[/one_half_last]

Ferndale Nurseries Photo Gallery: View the slide show:

Or click here to see them on Flickr: Ferndale Nurseries on