Managed by Amanda Jarvis: cell number  072 629 0508
Weekend open:

5 & 6 November 2016
Coffee/tea available at the coffee shop as well as a collection box.

Michaelhouse, a proudly South African School with over one hundred years of history, nestles in the Balgowan valley flanked by green hills and mist belt grassland. This legacy of history and beauty is reflected in the Gardens. They have evolved over generations of ideas and fashions, and complement the historical red brick buildings which include the formality and structure of the Herbert Baker Chapel.

From the blousy white icebergs at the front of school; the standard roses under planted with foxgloves and delphiniums at the Old Main Gates; to the iconic 80 year old topiary privets in the Main Quad; the buildings and gardens work together to create a harmonious whole. But we cannot forget that this is a school…and a home to over 500 boys at that, so as well as being elegant it has to be robust and resilient.

The landscaping is formally divided by the quadrangles which are the architectural footprint of the school; each quad
garden having its own unique identity and beauty. Wander through terraced front of school gardens; the formal Main Quad which will lead you through to the indigenous aloed Pennington Quad; make your way across Usher Quad with its spectacular Erythrina crista-galli tree that could be blazing with red flowers and sunbirds.
Perhaps you will lose yourself in the contemplative rose garden with its fragrant, crimson Michaelhouse rose. Feast your eyes with the spectacular view as you look over the Old Main Gates and railway line onto a quintessential Kwazulu Natal Midlands vista. The Gardens are ably maintained and cared for by capable, dedicated gardeners, supervised by the Head Gardener, Elton.


Take the N3 west (to Johannesburg). Take exit 107 “Howick North / Tweedie”. At the top of the off ramp, turn left. At the T-junction turn right onto the R103 signposted “Lions River, Balgowan, Nottingham Road”. Travel approximately 18km on the R103. At the Michaelhouse sign, turn left over the railway bridge.

Charity supported:

Khazimula Children’s home.