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Open garden 2019: All you need to know

We thought it would be useful to put all the must-know information on one page as we get closer to the open garden on 12 & 13 October.

Precautions and warnings

Please take note that you enter the property at your own risk—neither St George’s Turning Point Foundation nor the owners of Mulligatawny Farm take any responsibility for any loss or injury suffered. In that regard, we want to point out that there are very many ponds, streams, lakes, fountains and other areas of open water—children must be supervised by responsible adults at all times. As this is a farm, there is the possibility of snakes and stinging insects. Again, care must be taken and children supervised properly.

We will have a First Aid station onsite manned by a qualified person, with ambulance backup.

The indigenous section of the garden contains a large number of beehives. Care should thus be taken not to disturb the bees, and anybody with an allergy to bees should carry the appropriate antihistamine with them.

Please note that the garden involves lots of walking as it is 16 hectares. Much of it is wheelchair-friendly, but there are many banks, small bridges, slopes and flights of steps. You will need to be agile and energetic!

In early October, it is already hot. Please make sure that you bring a hat and plenty of sunblock.

No swimming, no music, no fires, no picnics (food and drink will be on sale).

Please do not litter, bins will be provided.

Directions

Lots of people get lost coming to Mulligatawny Farm, but if you follow these easy directions, you won’t have a problem. PRINT THEM OUT!

Make your way to Lanseria via Malibongwe Drive or Beyers Naude Drive.

Beyers Naude is usually the better bet: ignore the turnoff to Lanseria and continue to the end of the road where there is a circle, and turn right. You will come out just north of Lanseria-turn left heading for Broederstroom and Brits.

(If you do come via Malibongwe, head north, and 17 km after Lanseria, you will come to a T-junction at Broederstroom.)

Turn left at the Broderstroom T-junction and drive for 3.9 km. Turn left onto the R3 at the sign “Hartbeeshoek/ Cradle of Mankind”. Continue for approximately 9.2 km, and then turn right onto a gravel road at the sign that says “Skeerpoort/ Krugersdorp”. Proceed slowly down the gravel road for approximately 2.5km—Mulligatawny Farm (S86) is on the right, but continue on for about 600m to the parking area, which will have security. There is a shuttle to bring you back to the gate and ticket sales will be just inside the gate.

The GPS coordinates are: 25°49’03.7″S 27°46’09.3″E

Admission

Tickets are R200 per person, R100 for children and students, R150 for pensioners. Groups of four or more will pay a discounted price of R150 per person. We do have credit card facilities.

No charge for babes in arms and toddlers!

No dogs allowed, sorry.

What’s on offer?

To get the most out of your day at Mulligatawny Farm, visit the reception desk near the ticket office. We will have a large-scale map that you can photograph on your cell, and give you a quick overview of the various parts of the garden.

Besides the beautiful gardens, which abound in benches and seats from which to enjoy the view, we will again have a large marquee down at the lake where there will be wine and bubbles (Appellations SA), artisanal gin (Primal Spirits Distillery) as well as coffee, sparkling water and cold drinks on sale. Delectables Catering and Events will be providing food: a harvest table in the marquee, a gourmet burger stand as well as an ice-cream stand.

There is plenty of seating in the marquee, and spectacular views as you sip your drink and eat your food.

Plants will be on sale at the entrance. Participating nurseries are Colourful Splendour, Plantae (orchids and rare plants), and Hadeco (bulbs and garden accessories).

What to bring

  • Hat
  • Sunblock
  • Walking shoes
  • Binoculars, if you’re a birdwatcher
  • Walking stick, if needed—the terrain is uneven
  • Camera—you’ll definitely want to take photos

Have lots of fun, and thanks for supporting our work helping young people obtain skills that will enable them to earn a living.

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