Open gardens for hospice

The Milton Garden

Gardens in and around the Helderberg will be open to the public, on Saturday September 8 and Sunday September 9, from 9am to 4pm, to benefit Helderberg Hospice.

Entry costs R80 and tickets, which give access to a variety of gardens including the hospice’s Garden of Remembrance, must be bought from Helderberg Hospice, 21 Old Stellenbosch Road, Somerset West, on Friday September 7, Saturday September 8 and Sunday September 9, from 9am to 4pm.

Tea and treats will be available, as well as a number of tables selling plants, garden books and other merchandise.

The focus this year is on water-wise indigenous gardens, and the gardens will feature an array of innovative ways in which garden owners are coping with the drought.

Those visiting at least 10 gardens at the weekend will receive a Benbel Home and Garden voucher worth R80, and also stand a chance to win a R500 gift voucher.

Several of the gardens will be offering tea and eats, or make a stop at one of the recommended tea and lunch stops.

It is an opportunity to take in the beauty of the gardens that grow in the shadow of the Helderberg, and be revived by the peace of a place shared by others who care, not only for their plants, but also for the patients of Helderberg Hospice.

Contact Cheryl or Celestine on 021 852 4608, or email or, or visit www.helderberg

Help hospice on Mandela Day

Mandela Day is all about inspiration. Everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better. Just like Nelson Mandela, Helderberg Hospice believes that people matter. They matter until the very last moment of their lives, and hospice will do all it can, not only to help patients pass peacefully, but to live until they breathe their last breath. The community can help as well by dedicating 67 minutes to hospice in any of the following ways:

The following items are on the hospice wish list for its in-patient unit:

Linen savers

Disposable gloves

Feeding cups

Sheep skin

Boxed milk

Epizone E cream

Adult nappies

Ensure dietary supplement

The following items are on the hospice wish list for its garden:

Weeding of the lawn

Weeding of the rose garden

Additional parking area at Remembrance Garden

Water-friendly displays in memory of a loved one. For example, using a terracotta pot, pebbles/rocks and succulents, placing the memorial plaque on the terracotta pot, or on a stake as part of the display

Placing a memorial plaque on metal/rustic ornaments

A small, rustic pergola/gazebo for the middle area, with place for one or two people to sit

Garden furniture such as one-seater benches and small tables

Donation of plants

Paving and pathways

For more information contact Cheryl or Celestine on 021 852 4608.