Each year, the Harcourts Hilton Open Midlands Gardens committee arranges something different for visitors to enjoy and this year, their theme is Majestic Trees of the Midlands as well as focusing on small gardens once again.
The nearly 50 KZN Midlands gardens are listed in the recently published Open Gardens of South Africa magazine on sale at retailers throughout the country. Andrew Line, principal of Harcourts Hilton, and the main sponsor of the event, draws inspiration from the Harcourts Hilton Open Midlands Gardens. Line expressed his admiration for the gardeners and confirmed that he “takes pleasure and pride in being involved in this annual event”.
With so many beautiful gardens on display over the Open Midlands Gardens season, it is easy to forget that this event is also a significant fundraiser for a number of charities. Unless specified otherwise, the entrance fee represents a donation. Each of the gardeners chooses the charity that they are supporting. So when you are out and about, please give some thought to these amazing gardeners and the charities that they care about. Any additional donations would be greatly appreciated!
The 2018 Harcourts Hilton Open Midlands Gardens raised R68 750 for more than 20 local charities. Andrew Line emphasised once again the importance of this aspect of the event and is hopeful that the monies raised will be even greater in the 2019 season.
The first garden on show is this weekend, 14 – 15 September, at Waterford Hall in the Karkloof. Visit the Facebook page, https://facebook.com/openmidlandsgardens for more information or pop into Harcourts Hilton to pick up a free Open Gardens of South Africa magazine.
Purchase your season ticket for R60 per person to be able to walk in and enjoy every garden (except for Benvie and Endebeni Forest) or pay as you go at R10 per person per garden, the exception being the Woodgrove Gardens where an R20 entrance fee goes to PADCA and there are five gardens on display. The gardens are open between 9 am and 5 pm each day unless otherwise specified. The tickets are on sale from the gardens as well as Harcourts Hilton, so call them on 033 343 3345.
News supplied by Harcourts Hilton.