A DAY IN THE VALLEY

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Start your day by wandering around Glen Gregor garden – the quintessential secret peaceful spot right up against the mountain forest. The setting is pure magic. Then pop in at the historic Mill Cricket ground with its old stone mill and massive oaks. 

Make your way to Donkerhoek with its sensitively restored mid-1800s farmhouse and courtyard garden bursting with handsome edibles plants. It’s always time for tea/coffee and delicious homemade scones with farm butter, jam and cream on the massive veranda.

After Donkerhoek, plan to go back up the valley to Cavers in time for a (late?) lunch, served al fresco in one of SA’s great gardens. Of the many garden ‘rooms’ each with its own mood, the white garden is the most insistently glamorous. Imagine the magic at night when the fragrance of stocks, jasmine and nicotiana drifts over the lawn. The traditional Sunday 'Classics at Cavers' Concert this year will be held from 11.30 onwards. (Details to follow)

As a final treat for the day, head for Norwood - open from 15:00 for sundowners and sosaties as the shadows lengthen. 

Farm Gardens are open 8h00 to 17h00 during the Bedford Garden Festival 20 to 22 October 2017


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    Approached down a curving avenue of ancient oaks, this peaceful oasis with huge trees, sweeping lawns and a riot of roses frames a blue-chip guesthouse and a gracious family home. Windows in the various garden ‘rooms’ invite...
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    A feast of vegetables in old-fashioned beds spill down the hillside into the courtyard of this restored historic house
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  • More InfoGarden Festival OnlyUpdated: September 2016
    An interesting selection of teas, superb coffee blended and ground in situ, with fresh home-baked scones (stone-ground flour is used), with farm cream and jams from the kitchen. Cash only.
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    9:00 Saturday 21 October 2017 (Details to be announced.) The braai fires will be lit and the pub open throughout. Free entry, all welcome.
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      Constitution Street. A stylish contemporary garden with striking kard landscape features creating visual emphasis.
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      Market Square, Adelaide. Breakfast daily. Friday and Saturday à la carte meals from 12:00 to 14:30 and 18:45 to 21:00. Popular pub open on Friday from 12:00 to 14:30 and 17:00 till late, Saturday from Midday till late. NB the...
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      Nestling comfortably at the top-end of the Cowie Valley, surrounded by natural forest and mountains, is the farmhouse "Glen Gregor".
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      Situated in Church Str, Adelaide, The Stoep offers a breakfast, lunch, tea and coffee menu all year round. There will be a 3 course dinner being served on Saturday night, 21 October 2017 during the Garden Festival at a cost of...
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      Light meals from 9:00 to 16:00 on Sunday 22 Oct 2017 in this exquisite garden. Freshly prepared batches of delicious crumpets and roosterbrood served with tender steak strips and special sauces. Tea, coffee and wine available....
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    • More InfoGarden Festival OnlyUpdated: 2 months ago
      The now traditional Classics at Cavers Concert will be held on Sunday 22 October at Cavers farm garden from 11.30 onwards. (Details to follow)
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    • More InfoGarden Festival OnlyUpdated: 10 months ago
      Farm Visit. Details to be announced. Donation to the farm children's education fund.