The 5 hectare heritage garden is graced by beautiful old trees, many of them planted by Joseph Baynes and his wife Sarah. One of the clauses in the will left by Joseph Baynes is to "beautify the Estate" and the garden is a special place where much care is taken to follow his wishes.
Joseph Baynes was a friend of the manager of the Botanical Gardens in Durban so he often received plants and trees from exotic places.
The garden has a black stinkwood tree which is one of the few in KZN that produces seeds every year. These are collected and given to Silverglen nursery to propogate.
The garden has many beautiful Camelias, some planted by Sarah Baynes, and these produce a splendid display in the early spring.
The Baynesfield Estate Country Fairs are held four times a year in the garden. The garden is a spectacular backdrop to these events.
The Garden is a wonderful setting for picnics, weddings, birthday parties or social gatherings.
Baynesfield Estate boasts an idyllic wedding venue in the original garden of Joseph Baynes's house, which is a national monument. The beautiful garden has huge shady trees and a picturesque bandstand which can be used for a service. A two bed roomed cottage nestled in the garden is also available for hire. Wonderful photographic opportunities abound with nearby vintage tractors and machinery, ancient buildings and of course the beautiful garden itself. It is essential to hire an adequate marquee as there are no buildings that can be used for a reception.
You are welcome to contact the curator of the Baynesfield Museum to arrange a visit to view the venue.