Run away from your daily routine, come to Bedford for three days of fresh air and inspiration.
The annual Bedford Garden Festival (20-23 October 2017) – now in its 13th year – is an Eastern Cape Midlands country lifestyle adventure that attracts visitors from all over South Africa.
For three days gardeners and nature-loving families will explore our country roads, discovering 10 of our magnificent farm gardens and making new friends.
In Bedford there are more open gardens, plant nurseries, two market hubs, lots of shopping, live music and the warm hospitality and scrumptious food we are known for.
Extras include a breakfast with media personality and garden guru Tanya Visser, history talks/walks, visits to a nationally renowned butterfly collection at Huntly Glen Farm, golf and a Sunday midday garden concert featuring light classics played by a strong quartet (at Cavers farm with lunch, on Sunday 22 October).
New for 2017 is an additional day (23 October) when most of the attractions in and around Bedford (including Maasström farm garden) will be open. PLUS two days of Cook’s Garden workshops at Albertvale farm with Kim (23 and 24 October).
Download the various garden route maps (Navigation on the right) or collect a printed brochure when you arrive. Then follow suggested itineraries or create your own for a day out exploring the country roads and our exciting mountains and farm gardens.
"We can't stop talking about our time in Bedford and we will all be back for your next event. We will spread the word about our fabulous weekend and maybe Bedford will have to consider building a second hotel!" Marilyn Petzer
"(Norwood) is wonderful ... my favourite by far. The whole farmyard feel just made me feel so warm inside. Thank you for all the inspiration you have given me." Kelly Bodill
"my friends from Hermanus and St Francis were blown over! They couldn't believe we have such beauty, hospitality and warmth just two hours away (from PE)." Rene de Reuck
"...a wonderful garden show as ever. We visited the township gardens and loved the gardeners... they are so proud." Jane Tucker
"I fell in love with the white gardens at Cavers." Nicolette Simon
"wonderful hospitality ... we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.. had such a great time at all the events we attended." Julie Velosa, Neutrog SA