Beautiful indigenous gardens will be open to the public at the annual Kloof Conservancy Indigenous Garden show that takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm, coinciding with Earth Day on April 22.

Included in the six gardens is that of Helen Terblanche, winner of the 2011 Garden of the Year award and one that has sweeping lawns interspersed with landscaped beds, surrounded by natural grasslands and forest areas.

Another award-winning garden on show is that of Viv Francis and Pandora Lewis who were placed second in the 2011 Medium-sized Garden competition.

It has breathtaking views of Krantzkloof Gorge and is a good example showing that indigenous can be vibrant and colourful.

Tricia and Peter Hoffmann’s garden was recently featured on The Gardener show on television. Its “bushveld” atmosphere attracts birds and other creatures and it incorporates pathways, a stream, a formal knot garden (a design in a square frame) and vegetable garden with sundial.

Other gardens on show are those of Marilyn and Rob Payne, Staffan Darnolf and Kerry and Colyn Townsend.

The tea garden will be hosted at Forest View Primary School. Craft stalls will focus on recycled and up-cycled products and green technology and a selection of indigenous plants will be on sale from nurseries.

There will be musicians, art displays, book promotions and guest speakers. The wide variety of gardens will cater for many tastes.

There will be competitions for kids – win a Free Karkloof Canopy Tour and much more. See for details.

Adults will be able to win one of two prizes of a weekend for two at Amazulu African Palace and other prizes.

All funds raised will go to projects aimed at preserving nature for future generations.

Tickets are R40 at each of the gardens on the day or in advance at Richden’s, Waterfall or Kloof Spars.

Children under 12 enter free. For addresses of the gardens, see or contact Katy at 072 731 8600. – Lifestyle Reporter