Swellendam Garden Expo


Save the date. Visit our open gardens in historic Swellendam, nestled at the foot of the Langeberg mountains just off the N2, to experience this unique Garden Expo featuring a gardeners’ market, scarecrow competition ,events and talks and excellent accommodation and eateries.

Swellendam Garden Club is hosting the Expo to showcase our magnificent and diverse gardens and to raise funds for the SPCA.



Friday 4 November
Opening Function 18h00, cocktail party and auction
Saturday 5 November
Open Gardens, Events and Gardener’s Market 09h00 -17h00
Sunday 6 November
Open Gardens, Events and Gardener’s Market 09h00 -15h00


View our brochure HERE

View our lovely gardens HERE


Event Schedule




Town Hall, Voortrek Street
Mayor Francois du Rand will officially open the Expo to our
visitors, honoured guests and valued sponsors. Olivedale
wines and delicious snacks accompany the Charity Auction
of Scarecrows, book treasures and other surprises with a
garden photo exhibition.



Swellendam’s Heritage Roses (R30.00)

11h00-12h00 by Carol Ann Podd
Aan de Eike Guest House - Swellengrebel Street

Wherever gardens were created, the Queen of Flowers, the
Rose was there. Planted to complement Cape Dutch buildings,
hear Carol tell how Gwen Fagan and Roses became part
of Swellendam’s history.

Garden Design (R30.00)

12h30-13h30 by PATRICIA MANICOM
Aan de Eike Guest House - Swellengrebel Street

Save time and gardening disappointment. Our experienced
local garden designer will guide you in simple techniques to
boost practicality, sustainability and impact, all within your

Conducted Tour of Unity Garden (Donation)

14h00-15h00 by Bruce Flyinghorse & Andrew Mclachlan
83 Cooper Street, Swellendam

Bruce and Andrew’s vision is uniting people to create food security for all.
Join them on this informative tour and see nutritious,organic food crops
grown in a communal area.



The Pleasure of Cooking with Herbs (R30.00)

11h00-12h00 by Margie Werdmuller
Aan de Eike Guest House - Swellengrebel Street

A true herb expert and grower, Margie shares creative uses
for herbs to add delectable flavour to every course of the
meal as well as snacks, salads, drinks and baking

Herbs, Flowers and Citrus in Aromatherapy (R30.00)

13h00-14h00 by Michell Parker
Aan de Eike Guest House - Swellengrebel Street

Michell demonstrates essential oils, those blessings of the plant
kingdom and your own garden. Experience their aromas and
timeless benefits in perfumery, health and around the home.

Rieldancing Fun (Donation)

14h30-15h30 by Barrydale Rieldans Troupe
Drostdy Museum threshing field

Rieldans is a high powered traditional dance form making a comeback
in the Overberg and Karoo. Watch the dust fly as our super-energetic
youngsters from Barrydale strut their stuff!

Gardeners Market

Come and browse our garden- themed market at the Drostdy Museum Schuur, where there is ample parking. Shop for a wide variety of garden goodies including indoor and outdoor plants and succulents plus unusual planters and garden ornaments. Find gardening books, tools, hats, aprons and so much more. Round off your visit with a delicious cuppa or a glass of wine while you watch local botanical artist Geoff Visser at work!

Accommodation - Special offers for Garden Expo visitors - Subject to Availability (use code “GardenExpo2022”) (use code “Garden Expo SWD”)

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Spar Swellendam, Olivedale Wines, Wimpy Swellendam, Swellenbrew, Oakhurst Animal Clinic, Swellendam Camera Club, Cathy Van Eeden, Carol Podd, David Schlapobersky, Bokmakiri Books, Aan De Leisure Group, De Kloof Heritage Estate, A Hilltop Country Retreat and The View