Over 30 private and community gardens are open to visitors this Heritage weekend at the inaugural McGregor Magic Garden Festival.
The festival features expert talks and guided tours, workshops, hidden gardens, home-grown produce, garden markets, wildflowers in bloom, and music and entertainment.
Interesting facts about McGregor
– The village was planned & irrigated to produce fruit for Cape Town, but the Ox-trail through the Riviersondered Mountains was never completed and is now a hiking trail.
– The village uses a Lei water system, which was historically provided for fruit irrigation, with ‘sluits’ still used to pump water to homes today.
– The underlying rock is some of the oldest on the planet with Table Mountain Sandstone emerging at The Krans fault, breaking through younger Bokkeveld Shales.
– The valley was the biggest Apricot growing area of the country.
– The low lying valley between the Riviersonderend & Langeberg of the Cape fold mountains was an ancient sea and trilobites, an extinct group of marine invertebrates, have been found in gardens.
There are 175 different bird species identified in nearby Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve. These include the Fish Eagle and orange collared Sunbird, only found in the mountainous region.
Healing herbalists serve the village, just as the San who lived here. The same indigenous flora previously supported Stone Age man who left tools of 260k years.
There is a garden with spiritual centres to all faith. Temenos is named after a sanctuary in Greece.
Venue: Various places in McGregor
Time: Saturday & Sunday 10am to 7pm | Monday 10am to 1pm
Cost: R30 to R275 | Brochure R120