Events in Open Gardens of the Golden City (Johannesburg)


For 21 years Gardens of the Golden City has sourced and opened private gardens to garden lovers on behalf of various charities.  The coming season, from August to November and from the end of January into March, will support Hospice, BirdLife SA and the SPCA along with the charities supported by Roedean School.


We look for gardens large and small, traditional and unconventional and unusual public spaces to touch the imagination of our viewers and give them fresh inspiration.  We hope you enjoy our selection and would appreciate any suggestions from you our garden visitors.

Once again we thank our gardeners who put in tremendous effort to ensure their gardens are looking their best and happily share their gardens with you.

Gardens of the Golden City was the brainchild of Denise Voysey and Esther Townsend, of the Randburg Horticultural Society, with the encouragement of Peggy Morgan, all are past chairladies.

Starting on a very small scale in 1997, garden clubs in and around Johannesburg were invited to join in by finding gardens in their areas which would be appreciated by the garden loving public. Since then Gardens of the Golden City has gone from strength to strength and over the years has become a keenly anticipated event in Johannesburg.

Our wonderful gardens, both very large and very small give great pleasure and inspiration to our visitors. The garden owners, the very special people to whom we feel especially indebted are the real heroes of our entire endeavour. With their generosity and kindness of spirit in sharing their gardens, talking with the visitors about their achievements, planning, planting ,cultivation; plus a hundred and one other questions, all have benefitted from a happy day in the garden.

Our aim is to raise funds for various charities, each one before being selected is interviewed and debated by our committee, and over the years we have donated to many well deserving associations, too many to nominate here but specified on our website.

This is an entirely voluntary organisation. All time and expenses in selecting the gardens are performed on a voluntary basis by members of the committee of Gardens of the Golden City.

We thank our sponsors, our supporters in the media but most of all our garden visitors.

All funds raised for this season will be directed to the following charities:

Sandton SPCA
Hospice Wits
NPO 000 708
PBO 95000 2687
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BirdLife South Africa
NPO: 001-298

ROEDEAN SCHOOL SA has formed extensive social responsibility partnerships and community projects are an integral part of their educational ethos.
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Aloe Ridge Open Garden

in Open Gardens of the Golden City (Johannesburg)

Aloe RIdge is an indigenous garden with over 600 aloes all at various stages of flowering. It also has over 300 indigenous tree species.

303C Olievenhout Avenue, Northriding
Johannesburg, Gauteng
South Africa

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When Daily From 25/05/2019 to 26/05/2019