Nutwoods Park, situated in central Hogsback, boasts one of the oldest and most beautiful gardens on the mountain. The garden was laid out and planted by Mrs. Wylie in 1932, but even then the Hazel Nut arches, thus Nutwoods Drive, several oaks and fruit trees were already mature. The garden comprises over three hectares of lush lawns, towering trees, flowering shrubs and bedding flowers, a formal rose garden and several water features.
As you wander along the paths you will discover a beautiful wisteria pergola, a joy to behold. In spring the pergola is dripping with a very special hybrid of blue and purple flowers. This will lead you on to a Cape Dutch style water feature hidden in a fern glade, a lovely Japanese pond embracing symbolic rocks representing mountains with clipped azalea bushes and standardised wisteria, protected by hydrangea hedges and lorded over by a huge gnarled pine tree.
This leads to the formal rose garden which sports a dome covered in white banksia roses, where many weddings take place in spring.
Although the property was always known as "Nutwoods", because of its beauty, grandeur and style "Park" was added when we moved in 9 years ago.
When Mrs. Wylie laid out the gardens, the grounds were open grassland with very few trees and full views of the Hogsback mountains which are right in front of us. Over the years the view has more or less vanished but in it's place we have the glorious garden with it's ever changing colours and displays.
In winter we get snow that adds another dimension.
Nutwoods Park is open to the public throughout the year for a nominal charge but booking is essential.
We receive a large number of local as well as international garden lovers throughout the year, but especially in spring, for the viewing of the spectacular display of flowering azaleas and rhododendrons.
Autumn is also a season of note attracting more and more visitors each year to view the glory of scarlet and gold leaves.
Viewing is by appointment only and you will receive a guided tour by one of the owners sharing the knowledge they have of the garden, it's history and the spectacular trees, shrubs etc.
Tour R20.00 per head.
If you wish to partake of a cream tea this is also possible but needs prior booking. The cost for tea is R55.00 per head.
An off shoot of the magnificent garden is the nursery where trees, shrubs, roses and flowering plants that grow in the garden are on sale at very reasonable prices.
Plants on sale include acer japonica, quercus, parotia persica, zandadecia, day lillies, kolkwitcia, chinese elm, aqualegia, agapantha, hydrangea, berberis and many more.
Please phone 045 962 1043 for viewing.
Please note the gates are closed to keep cows out. Please close them.