Thursday 2 April 2015

6 beautiful gardens to visit in Cape Town

You probably only know the obvious gardens everyone talks about in Cape Town (Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, the Company’s Garden) and if you aren't a resident in Cape Town these are the obvious gardens at which to start, but lots of us want to know and explore the Mother City’s other hidden gardens.

All of these gardens are beautiful and filled with amazing plants, flowers and trees. So, if you’re planning on spending the Easter weekend in Cape Town this year, make sure to visit these unknown gardens…

pArderne Gardens – Claremont
This is a wonderful, cool space for you and your family to have a picnic or take a stroll. Although, on weekends it is used for wedding photographs, but during the week it remains uncrowded. Filled with shady glades, Japanese style ponds, lawns and huge trees, it is truly a magical place to be.

pGroot Schuur Estate – Rondebosch
Groot Schuur Estate was originally the house of Cecil John Rhodes, it was restored by Herbert Baker and today it is an incredible museum open to the public by appointment. This beautiful place is definitely worth a visit, especially for the veranda that looks out onto the gardens that slope upwards towards devils peak. There is also a huge rose garden bordered by plumbago and other flowers.

pTokai Arboretum – Constantiaberg
This is basically a national monument filled with an amazing collection of mature alien trees, cypresses, pines, giant redwoods and many other exotics. There is also a clearing for a tea garden where you can have a lovely afternoon tea, muffin and coffee in hand.

pRust en Vrede – Durbanville
The beautiful old manor house here is now the site of a combination coffee shop/art studio and what many don’t know is that there is a 1.5 hectare garden there! The coffee shop overlooks the beautiful garden and you are welcome to stroll around and enjoy the natural beauty.

pDurbanville Rose Garden – Durbanville
Head here during the spring and summer and it will be the perfect picture of sweet-smelling roses and buds! This is a gorgeous rose garden with over 500 blooming varietals and 4500 rose bushes. You can top the days outing with a great cup of tea at the clubhouse, but only if you make it there on Sunday afternoons between October and May.

pBabylonstoren – Paarl
Okay, so it’s not really in Cape Town, but it’s worth a mention! This gorgeous fruit and vegetable garden, set against the Drakenstein mountainside is something you should see at least once. Its garden takes its inspiration from the original Company’s Garden in Cape Town, but the accent here is definitely French and the over 300 varieties of fruit, vegetables and herbs with ducks and hens is just absolute heaven.

You've probably explored other gardens in Cape Town, but if you have never visited these yet – make sure you do!

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Written By: Christine Romans 

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