Flourishing Franschhoek flowers

As Franschhoek’s gorgeous gardens burst into full bloom during the start of the warmer season, it is once again time to grab your loved ones and head to the Open Gardens Festival sponsored by RE/MAX Prestige Country Properties to celebrate summer.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to enjoy walking around the lovely tended gardens not normally open to the public. Due to the event’s remarkable success over the past years, this year it will be held over three days starting from 26 October - 28 October 2012.

Hosted by the Lions Ladies of Franschhoek, all proceeds from the festival will go to the Lions Club of Franschhoek in aid of Fleur de Lis Home for the Aged, which serves the entire community of Franschhoek. The proceeds will be used to build much needed additional accommodation wings for the home.

Peter Hager, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Prestige Country Properties, says: “We are really proud to be associated with this remarkable event that showcases what the area has to offer. There are ten truly spectacular gardens on display, ranging from small to medium-sized gardens in the village to farm gardens, indigenous gardens, and out-of-town gardens. Each year different gardens are selected to ensure a variety of residents are able to put their garden on show. This event provides a unique opportunity to see the gardens, enjoy the festivities and at the same time give back to this beautiful community.”

Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that it is important for businesses in a community to be a part of that community and make a positive difference to the people living in the area.

Hager notes that Open Gardens is an event not to be missed and there will be an array of festivities provided by Franschhoek for visitors to indulge in, such as a tea and bubbly garden, live music, a fresh goods market and the hugely successful annual plant sale. A variety of plants will be on sale and there will also be various workshops for visitors.  “It is worth making a weekend of it and staying in one of Franschhoek’s hospitable Bed and Breakfasts and dine at any of the famous restaurants in the area.” Hager says that guesthouses and B&B’s are offering special Open Garden weekend rates to ensure that visitors from other parts of the country can attend and enjoy what Franschhoek has to offer.

The cost is R100 for a weekend pass, with discounted rates available for groups of ten or more people. Tickets are available on all days in the centre of town outside the Town Hall. “Each visitor will receive a RE/MAX goodie bag when they purchase their tickets, as our way of saying thank you for supporting the event. We want to make sure that everyone enjoys the weekend and is well taken care of,” says Hager.

The opening times for the event will be Friday, 26 October – 12h00 to 17h00 and Saturday, Sunday 27 and 28 October – 09h00 to 17h00.

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