5 Best Gardens in Stellenbosch
The turning of the season is a beautiful time of year to explore all the beauty that gardens in Stellenbosch have to offer. Some of our old favourites are featured below.
“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale. - Lauren DeStefano”
The Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden
This secret garden of wonders, filled with 60 beautifully intricate sculptures by artist Dylan Lewis, is as awe-inspiring as it is evocative.
Along four kilometres of paths, one is led on a journey through a landscape which morphs from hills of heather to serene poplar groves.The artist has carefully used the sculptures to explore the notion of the untamed wilderness within the human psyche.
Visits are by appointment only. R100 admission fee for adults.
Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens
Situated across the road from Bonne Esperance is the oldest university botanical garden in South Africa.
The garden’s main purpose is research and education and it provides a home to various indigenous and some exotic plant species.
After exploring the garden feel free to relax under a red-flowering gum at the Katjiepiering restaurant which is set in the centre of this green oasis.
R10 admission fee.
Old Nectar Garden
The Old Nectar garden is the creation of the late Una van der Spuy and boasts national heritage status.
Van der Spuy spent over 70 years creating this labour of love and it is a masterpiece of colour, texture and form. The garden boasts a hillside of oak trees along with Redwood, Elm, Copper Beech, Chorisia, Poplar, Magnolia, Cape chestnut and Maple amongst others. The ornamental dam has unrivalled views of the imposing 1500-metre high Jonkershoek Mountains.
R120 admission fee for adults.
Rustenberg Estate is home to the Cape Dutch homestead of Schoongezicht, which dates back to 1814. The Schoongezicht garden, which is made up of 4 distinct areas accessed by pathways, is a formal English garden. Roses, foxgloves, salvias, agapanthus, sedum, anemones and day lillies add colour and scent.
The majestic Simonsberg mountain backdrop makes this garden a magical place to potter while surrounded by vineyards and green pastures.
Don't forget to stop by the Rustenberg wine tasting room after your walk.
Bonne Esperance Gardens
Our beautifully landscaped garden is often the backdrop for wedding photographs and has even been featured in a local lifestyle magazine. We also have a rose bush that is over 100 years old and still blooms for us every season!
Take a quiet moment in the early morning and sit outside on the veranda with a steaming cup of coffee to experience first-hand the beauty of our delightful garden.
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