It’s time to stop and smell the roses … and we know just where we’ll find the prettiest – at the annual Gold Reef Rose Society Rose Show. The show signals the first weekend of October and we just can’t wait to see this year’s exhibition. Two accredited rose judges will weigh in on the flowers, so go along and learn a thing or two. Morningside Shopping Centre. October 4 and 5. Free. Details: [email protected]
Garden lovers, support a good cause while treating yourselves at the Johannesburg Garden Club’s open garden. Explore the magnificent grounds of Westcliff’s first house at 34 Pallinghurst Road, never before seen by the public. There’ll be a tea garden as well as a classy champagne and smoked salmon bar. October 5 and 6, from 10am to 4pm. R50 for adults, free for kids under 12. All proceeds go to Johannesburg Child Welfare.
Picture sipping fine bubbly as you relax in a really pretty garden. We’d forgive you if you’re picturing the Cape … but we guarantee this is even better! Constantia meets Joburg (yay!) at the fabulous Steenberg Garden Party. Expect a day of delicious wines from Steenberg Vineyards, one of the jewels of the Constantia Wine Route – it’s just too good to miss. You’ll explore magical gardens and snack from the harvest table to the sounds of live music. The Kitchen | L’antico Giardino in Lanseria. October 5 from noon to 5pm. R600. Details: webtickets.co.za
A whopping 130 species of waterlilies. A garden cathedral. And SO much more to explore at the Mulligatawny Farm Open Garden. It really is glorious, and for two days it will be open to the public to explore (yay!). Look forward to viewing thousands of roses, irises, crab apples and a large collection of bamboo varieties along with wetlands, a flowering meadow, sculptures and wonderful bird life. Totally worth the drive! Mulligatawny Farm S6, Skeerpoort, near the Cradle of Humankind. October 12 and 13. R100 to R200. Details: webtickets.co.za
Surely there’s no better way to celebrate the warmer weather than by dressing up and stepping out to explore a pretty garden. And the Garden of St Christopher Spring Open Garden gives us a terrific excuse to do just that! It’s a great one to pencil into your diary – and all proceeds go to the SA Guide-Dogs Association. Garden of St Christopher, Hyde Park. October 20 from 10am to 4pm. R150 includes Prosecco, a wrap and coffee or ice cream. Details: gardenofstchristopher.com