Never-seen-before gardens to be opened

The gardens at Mulligatawny Farm, the weekend retreat of interior designer Michael Hogan, situated in Skeerpoort near the Cradle of Humankind, will be open to the public on the 1st and 2nd of October 2016, for the first and only time, in aid of St George’s Turning Point Foundation.

This spectacular 16-hectare garden, although only just over a decade in the making, has been lovingly designed and conceptualised by Michael, drawing inspiration from European landscapes and Monet’s water gardens at Giverney.

The garden exudes whimsy and romance, and the highlights include over 130 varieties of waterlilies, thousands of roses, irises, crab apples and a large collection of bamboo varities. There is an orchard of heritage fruit trees, a potager with hand-painted tiles depicting exotic birds, a folly and a grotto. A newly created Garden Cathedral is sure to be a major attraction. Other highlights include sculptures, murals and benches throughout the garden and exceptional bird life at every turn.

Refreshments will be on sale and there will be a delightful, well- stocked farm stall.  Vistors will also be able to order and buy a wide selection of plants.

All proceeds will go to the Turning Point Foundation, which was established to assist young people who have been brought up in registered children’s homes to make the transition to independent living, and ultimately to becomeing contributing members of society.

Date: 1 & 2 October 2016. Times: 09h00-17h00. Cost: R100

Venue: Farm S 86, Skeerpoort, Cradle of Humankind ( 25°49'03.7"S 27°46'09.3”E)

To Book: www.webtickets.co.za or at the gate. For more info: www.turningpointfoundation.org.za