Your Invitation to be a Part of Harcourts Hilton Open Midlands Gardens 2020

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“Planning has begun to devise a very different plan for the forthcoming Open Gardens Season. The theme we have chosen is NEW, LITTLE AND OLD. This gives us wonderful scope to include a wide spectrum of gardens but structured in such a way that a specific route will be followed for some of them, thus bringing cohesion and ease of access for visitors. In these frugal days of high travelling expenses, the Committee will choose four areas in which the gardens will be concentrated. These areas will be revealed as the master plan falls into place”, commented Jackie Kalley, convenor of the Harcourts Hilton Open Midlands Gardens.

By NEW, they are describing exciting gardens that follow modern gardening practice and that will stimulate all the senses providing a new perspective on gardening trends. These gardens will, perhaps, demonstrate the use of grasses in garden design; the amazing shapes and sizes of succulents or water-wise gardens; geometric symmetry or visionary.

The theme of LITTLE has been extensively explored over the previous couple of seasons as they feel it is important to show you how small gardens can be just as stunning as their larger counterparts and where clever use of space and plants becomes paramount. Ideas galore for those who want to downsize or downscale.

OLD is a theme pertinent to the Natal Midlands. It is the legacy of the past, and one that has helped to shape our present, in the form of Victorian and Edwardian homes – both mansions and smaller homes make up the tapestry of the built environment in which we live. Many of these houses and gardens have not been available for public viewing over the years and this is an opportunity to showcase their architectural beauty and how they are located in their space – many of their gardens are in the form of parkland with glorious and ancient trees while others have utilized the landscape to its best advantage. But there are tiny gardens too, often gardened in the Cottage Style that suits them so well. Many of these treasures of the past are neglected, derelict or have even been demolished. There are however owners with vision who have preserved some of these buildings and gardens – many of them unique to the Midlands and we hope to bring you a selection of them to enjoy and appreciate; we drive past many of them, little knowing anything about them!

If you have a shy friend who has a beautiful garden, perhaps you can encourage them to get in touch. You can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Jackie on 082 924 5892