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Heritage Weekend: The Gardens of Villa Arcadia

Sat Sep 9, 14:20 - Sat Sep 9, 16:20

Holy Family College


As befits a woman of her standing, Lady Florence Phillip laid out extensive gardens across her vast estate. Sadly, most of them were gobbled up by the M1 highway that was built from 1962 to 1972. But the gardens of Villa Arcadia are still lovely. 

When restoring the property, Hollard consulted with renowned landscape architect Patrick Watson to create special natural spaces, with trails that lead up the ridge behind the house. These secluded pathways offer excellent exterior views of the grand Villa designed by Sir Herbert Baker, revealing how the glorious Highveld sunlight impacts on the architecture. 

So, come and enjoy a pleasant walk up the kopje while the trees are in flower. You’ll be impressed by Hollard’s commitment to our heritage – and you see two outdoor works from their art collection!

Led by Ed Coogan and Arj van Zwieten. The bus will drop you at the start and collect you at the end. This is a fairly strenuous walking tour of 2 kilometers with many uphills. Wear good walking shoes and bring sunblock, a hat and water. Please note: this tour does not go into the house itself.


Heritage Weekend: The Gardens of Villa Arcadia
Holy Family College
40 Oxford Rd, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2193
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