McGregor Open Gardens - October 2010 – Water-Wise and Indigenous


The first weekend in October is the time for McGregor’s annual Open Gardens, with a theme this year of water-wise and indigenous gardens. Ten gardeners within the village and one local wine estate opened their gardens to the public, with nothing more than a voluntary donation to charity being asked in return.

McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Ann and David Bedford 1 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Ann and David Bedford 2 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Ann and David Bedford 3 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Ann and David Bedford 4 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Ann and David Bedford 5 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Ann and David Bedford 6 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Annie Norgarb 1 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Annie Norgarb 2 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Annie Norgarb 3 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Annie Norgarb 4 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Danie Soldaat 1 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Danie Soldaat 2 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Danie Soldaat 3 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Danie Soldaat 4 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Danie Soldaat 5 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Danie Soldaat 6 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Debbie and Jimmy Hall-Reace 1 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Debbie and Jimmy Hall-Reace 2 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Debbie and Jimmy Hall-Reace 3 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Debbie and Jimmy Hall-Reace 4 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Fabian Small sculptures 1 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Fabian Small sculptures 2 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Kingsriver Wine Estate 1 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Kingsriver Wine Estate 2 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Kingsriver Wine Estate 3 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Kingsriver Wine Estate 4 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Roger Bedford and Seamus Wilson 1 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Roger Bedford and Seamus Wilson 2 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Roger Bedford and Seamus Wilson 3 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Roger Bedford and Seamus Wilson 4 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Ulrica Thein 1 McGregor Open Gardens 2010 Ulrica Thein 2

The gardens themselves ranged from formal to rambling, from the acre to the hard-won ground in an informal settlement. This gallery is not exhaustive, so if you have any images you would like to contribute we would be very glad to show them.

The water-wise theme is particularly topical, given the drought we are having, and also something we should always consider when designing a garden for an arid area such as the Klein Karoo. How much of our water does your garden use? What’s the environmental cost of a lawn? What would it need if it primarily contained indigenous plants - after all, they evolved to survive here without our help!

We have a number of experienced water-wise gardeners in McGregor who would be only too happy to offer advice.  A list of contact numbers will be coming soon........


Then my Lord He said unto me:
Do you like my garden so pure?
You may live in this garden if you keep the waters clean:
And I’ll return in the cool of the day.
[Jean Ritchie/trad]