Port Elizabeth friends Judy Scanes and Edith Buchanan organised a spring tour for charity around seven Walmer gardens today.
Scanes and Buchanan asked home-owners to open their properties for an entry fee, which each owner will donate to a charity of their choice. Despite the strong wind, the turn-out was good with at least 300 tickets sold.
Show gardens included a family friendly mid-avenues garden with glorious roses, two townhouse gardens – one more formal and the other more family-friendly – the garden attached to Smartstone in Villiers Road and two well-established gardens on large plots in upper Walmer.
After the outdoor exploration, guests ended the tour at Gardenview Guest House with tea and muffins.
Charities included Khayalethu Youth Centre and Oliver House, St Vincent de Paul Society and St Bernadette’s Church, Jerusalem Ministries, Isithembiso Baby Home, Hospice and Huis Genot Old Age Home.
The My HeraldLIVE picture gallery shows the home of Magda Oosthuizen, tended by Magda and her gardener Johnson Apollis. Although Magda had originally only intended to open the courtyard to the public, due to demand she gave access to the large and lush garden behind the home as well.