We are giving you an early “heads-up” about Margaret Roberts’ Open Day on Saturday, 5th of November from 8.30am – 4.30pm. This is a definite must for those looking for some unique Christmas gifts and a wonderful day at the Margaret Roberts Herbal Centre, which is normally only open every Wednesday. You can browse through their new products and plants, feast in their renowned Country Kitchen, and get some wonderful ideas for your garden! Their new Angel exhibition – “Angels are all around us” will also open that day! Don’t miss this!
About the Herbal Centre
Situated on the northern slopes of the great Magaliesberg mountain in the Brits-Hartebeespoort Dam area in a little area called De Wildt, North West Province, the Herbal Centre is a unique and beautiful place created to teach people all about herbs. It is comprised of several buildings housing lecture rooms, studios, shop, cookery demonstration kitchen, tea garden, drying sheds and workshops, and even a permanent fairy exhibition.
The pottery studio produces the ceramics which are for sale in the fascinating shop, and all the items are made on the premises – silk-screened pillows and sachets, bath vinegars and salts and oils, pot-pourris and a fabulous gourmet selection of preserves, oils and spices, books and videos and an exciting range of teas, cosmetics, beauty care and toiletries — everything made from the herbs grown in the gardens.
The gardens are the pivot on which all else turns: Culinary, Aromatic, Indigenous Healing Plants and International Healing Plants, are laid out in traditional style, including a series of smaller gardens like Homeopathic, Bird and Butterfly, Herbs for Animals, Compost Makers, Pot-Pourri Herbs, etc. A tiny non-denominational chapel is there to offer the visitor a quiet place for reflection and prayer, and an eleven circuit labyrinth (copied from the 11th century Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth in France), is one of the first labyrinths open to the public in South Africa for “the walking of the sacred mile”. The Herbal Centre gardens hold the Lavender collection for South Africa, and the Rosemary, Thyme and Oreganum collections, and the Herbal Centre is included in South Africa’s Top 10 public gardens.