Garden Week Stellenbosch
Nature’s splendour is a gift that cultivates perception and gratitude. That said, gardening is not a rational act, which is likely why it is easier to appreciate the works of others. As we move from winter to spring, we are celebrating all the gardens that are opened to the public – some for a restricted time only. We share a collection of must-see gardens that will reward the senses and deliver much-needed serenity to your soul.
Aspidistra and Bonne Esperance Open Garden
Situated around Bonne Esperance Guest house, an elegant Victorian Villa dating back to 1907, the Aspidistra and Bonne Esperance Garden is a sublime mixture of loose plantings and structured elegance.
The Garden is essentially English in style with a strong focus on heritage plants that includes a Magnolia tree, Pride of India and an buxus border intertwined with indigenous plants. It also boasts the oldest rose bush in Stellenbosch as confirmed by the granddaughter of the original owner, Mr Triblehorn. The garden features an impressive azalea hedge, and also includes many old-fashioned roses. Willie Schmidt, the Pasella garden guru, is the curator and he has planted and nurtured the garden with his characteristic flair.
Visitors can sit on the wrap around veranda and enjoy coffee and cake whilst overlooking the lovely garden. We invite you to be transported back into history with a visit to our heritage garden.
Stellenbosch, founded in 1679 on the banks of the Eerste River in the heart of the Cape Winelands, is alive with history and culture. Today, you will find several historical and architectural references all within a short walking distance from each other where Garden Week will feature several installations to be carried out by landscapers and local botanical artists. Make time to wander the streets of Stellenbosch and to drink in the vibrant atmosphere.
Land Art Exhibition
Garden Week coincides with the Poetic Land Art Exhibition hosted by Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust (SOST). Eight acclaimed land artists will create outdoor installations at sites in and around the town. Each artist has selected a poem as inspiration for their artwork. Visitors can enjoy this unique exhibition in a safe, outdoor setting during one of the most beautiful seasons from 1 – 10 October 2021.
Spring in South Africa is the perfect time to visit Stellenbosch and its gorgeous open gardens. From its natural splendour, to perfectly manicured gardens, and the national treasures of botanical gardens in between. Stellenbosch plays host to a variety of gardens that can be experienced in many different ways.
Garden Week Stellenbosch is giving visitors a glimpse into the famed gardening scene and are opening several private gardens. These range from the large established farm and urban gardens, to ultra-designed landscapes and cute urban self-seeding gardens, all set in breath-taking surroundings.
Stellenbosch is an outdoors and adventure lover’s paradise. From e-bike wine farm tours to a wine hike, an education veld hike with a nature guide a Hop-on-Hop-off wine tour paired with botanical elements, we have you covered with a wide range of adventurous things to do to set the tone for your day.
Food & Drink
Stellenbosch is the heartland of South African wine and home to leading chefs and restaurateurs too. This reputation will be showcased in festival-inspired dishes to feature on menus as well as a series of garden-and-wine dining events.
Workshops, Talks & Tours
Garden Week Stellenbosch offers an extensive programme of talks, workshops and special tours. presented by acclaimed specialists. Workshops are presented at the Stellenbosch University Botanical Gardens, Rupert Museum; Blaauwklippen Wine Farm off the R44; Jordan Wines; Spier Estate and Babylonstoren to name a few.
Rama Microshooter School Project
The Stellenbosch Garden Week School project in partnership with Rama and New Life Microgreens invited primary schools in the Stellenbosch District to participate in the school project activation.