Franschhoek Open Gardens Festival 2018 cancelled
It is with great regret, and after much thought, and discussion with local gardeners, that we , as the organising committee have taken the big decision not to run the Open Gardens festival this year (2018). We have always been very aware of the huge commitment which having a garden on show is to the garden owners, and we have relied upon their generosity. This year, following upon such a severe period of drought, it does not seem realistic to ask owners to make this commitment. Also, with what is likely to be, necessarily, a lengthy period of ongoing water restrictions, we must all continue to help water conservation in our valley. It does not seem appropriate to hold an Open Gardens festival in these circumstances, and this is key to our decision to cancel this year’s festival. On a more positive note, we already have several completely new gardens whose owners are keen to show them in 2019, when, weather permitting, we will revert to the annual pattern of the festival. Our main regret in taking the decision to cancel is that we will not this year be able to add to the building fund of Fleur de Lis, where the first phase of additional accommodation is nearing completion, paid for largely by the proceeds of the Open Gardens festival. Many thanks to all our garden owners, supporters, and sponsors – we will still need you all next year.