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


October 10th Friday Johannesburg to Hazyview

This morning we visited Beechwood Garden for a private guided tour. This classic Johannesburg garden was laid out in 1945 by legendary landscape architect, Joane Pym and features magnificent trees including a colossal Water Oak believed to be one of the largest trees in Johannesburg. Christopher and Susan Greig acquired the 3.5 acre garden some 12 years ago and have worked extensively on redesigning and landscaping this botanical sanctuary. The homestead was designed by Steffen Ahrends for the late Rudy Frankel of Tiger Oats in a romantic Flemish country style with a cedar shingle roof. The Greigs have created a rainforest, a water garden comprising six ponds and a bog, a colonnade, a formal rose garden, a lotus garden and a sunken vegetable garden. It was simply outstanding and enjoying snacks and drinks afterwards gave us all the opportunity to relax and enjoy this garden a bit longer.

Then a short stop at Nizamiye Turkish Mosque to admire the roses. Just a few years ago, a wide swathe of grassy, empty land lined the Old Pretoria Road in Midrand, Johannesburg. Today, the four tall minarets that pierce the Highveld sky proclaim the imposing presence of the first Ottoman-style mosque in the southern hemisphere. Here is some background 
Here is an article on the Roses

Then we are on our way to Hazyview. Our drive will take us 4-5 hours but the scenery will take your mind off that…we overnight at Casterbridge Hollow Boutique Hotel.

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