South Africa Garden Tour 2014
Wednesday October 8th to Thursday October 23rd, 2014
 

 

October 15th Durban

Today we visit the Makaranga Gardens. Makaranga is set in a tranquil private botanical garden located in the subtropical village of Kloof within the Valley of a Thousand Hills. 30 Acres of indigenous and exotic botanical gardens, 18 ponds, meandering streams and a waterfall await your discovery and offer you their joy and healing. Experience the largest collection of Zimbabwean stone art in Southern Africa as well as hand selected Italian sculptures. An enchanted garden… http://www.houseandleisure.co.za/enchanted-garden/  Time to wander the gardens on your own and everyone totally loved it here. We also enjoyed lunch overlooking the gardens.

Nabygelegen Gardens was our next visit and Lida was there to meet us and show us around. Rather formal in look and full of roses. The huge hedging takes good care of the noise that comes from the highway directly behind them. It was a lovely visit and she was a very gracious host.

We finish our day with a visit to the Tatham Art Gallery - The Gallery owes its origins to Mrs Ada Susan Tatham who collected donations early in 1903 and purchased works in Britain later that same year. After an initial exhibition the collection was first housed in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall. In 1923 the collection was greatly enhanced through the donations of Lieutenant Colonel R.H. Whitwell. Let it be known that the gift shop was excellent as many of my past tour guests can attest to. http://www.tatham.org.za/about.html  Just as I suspected from our previous visit here there were many items bought in the gift shop…

An Interview with the Director of the Gallery http://www.houseandleisure.co.za/brendan-bell/
 

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