After one of the worst droughts the Cape has experienced in a century, Andrew and Sandy Ovenstone are, once again, opening the gates of their magnificent garden, and allowing visitors to explore their internationally acclaimed four-acre plot that dates back to the 1700s on 10 and 11 November 2018.
WATER-WISE GARDENING TIPS
Despite the drought, the team at Stellenberg were able to keep their beautiful garden looking perennially lovely due to less digging, more composting, clever watering techniques (once a week and for short periods, especially in cooler weather), allowing the lawn to grow to between 5cm and 8cm, after being cut, to help lock in moisture.
OLD-WORLD CHARM WITH MODERN PLANTINGS
One of the most unique things about Stellenberg Gardens is the coming-together of vintage and contemporary designs and planting patterns. The gardensare divided into 12 areas that include the White Garden, the Walled Garden, the Pool Garden, the Stream Garden, each with its own unique characteristics, but all equally stunning.
While most visitors associate Stellenberg with its historical architecture and beautiful gardens, which reveal subtle changes from year to year, there are other hidden treasures to discover. Various sculptural installations are unobtrusively displayed in different parts of the garden representing different states of being. “Wings”, for example evokes the lightness of being; silent strength is conveyed in “Owl”, while sense of humour is portrayed in “Dancing Hare”.
This open day is in aid of St Joseph’s Home for Chronically ill Children, located in Montana.
Insider tip: If you’d like to visit the gardens at another time (or you can’t make it on the Open Days), please contact email@example.com directly.
Please note: No pets or picnic baskets allowed.
Location Stellenberg Gardens, 30 Oak Avenue, Kenilworth, Cape Town