Bedford Garden Festival

19/10/2018 - 21/10/2018

Bedford, South Africa
Bedford, Eastern Cape,
South Africa

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Catherine Knox

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The Garden Festival is a touring adventure. Collect a brochure at one of our welcome gazebos and discover stunning scenery on quiet country roads, visiting open gardens en route. Meet the gardeners and pick their brains – local know-how is based on generations of experience.

Choose from masses of home-grown plants and gardening necessities, meander through the craft stalls at The Country Market and stock up on locally-produced pantry-fillers.

Use our suggested Itineries to jumpstart your own trip – then expect surprises behind every bush.

Bedford’s flagship gardens are all situated on farms. For 2018, ten are opening, many of them historic: Eildon, Belmont, Glen Ross, Skelmkloof, De Klerksdal, Albertvale, Maasström, Cavers, Glen Gregor, Donkerhoek.

Lunches will be available in the gardens at Eildon (cheese and wine lunches), Skelmkloof (traditional vetkoek with kerrie mince etc), Lynedoch (there is no garden but they will serve traditional vetkoek with mince, cheese and/or jam), De Klerksdal (light lunch), Albertvale (wagyu and/or halloumi burgers with garden salads), Cavers (pulled pork or lamb on roosterbrood with coleslaw). Tea/coffee and home-made lemon cordial are on tap at many farms and the cream scones at Donkerhoek are legendary. Norwood farm will once again present sundowners and sosaties to round off the day’s excitement.

Extras include visits to a nationally renowned butterfly collection at Huntly Glen Farm and a Sunday midday garden concert at Cavers farm with lunch on Sunday 21 October 2018.

New for 2018 are three additional ‘Thrive’ days at Albertvale farm – two days before the festival begins and another day after the end of the festival (17, 18 and 22 October 2018). The programme includes daily yoga sessions, an all-day ceramics workshop and a day of cooking workshops.