The Gardens at Applegarth
Members of the Royal Horticultural Society
Applegarth Gardens and Nursery exemplify the beauty and serenity of Hogsback. The Gardens are approximately 4 ha in extent, and the owners justifiably take great pride in them. They personally take visitors on a comprehensive tour, pointing out the many different plants and trees - both indigenous and exotic.
The combinations of climate and soil types of Hogsback are rare in South Africa and lend themselves to the propagation of many exotic plants.
Plants and trees from many different temperate parts of the world flourish here, ranging from the giant Sequoia sempervirens (Giant Redwood) of northern California to the smallest varieties of Rhododendrons from the high, windswept slopes of the Himalayas.
The south-west facing slopes of Applegarth are ideal for the successful culture of Rhododendrons. These slopes dry slowly, moss grows readily, and this is the ideal medium for the germination of Rhododendron seed.
From October to June a variety of mushrooms can be seen at Applegarth. These include three varieties of the Boletus mushroom, namely edulis (Cep), the Poplar (Leccinum duriusculum) and the Chestnut Bolete (Gyroporus castaneus). Three varieties of the Amanita mushroom also grow prolifically including the strikingly red fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) with its spots of white.
All tours of the Gardens are guided by
one of the owners.
Group tours (e.g. tourist groups, Garden Clubs, etc.) are particularly welcome.
Like all gardens, the optimum time to
view the Gardens is early morning
or late afternoon, i.e. in the cool of the day.
The very rich bird life is also best seen at these times.
Visits to Applegarth Gardens and Nursery
are by arrangement.
Please contact the owners.