After a long winter, spring is finally in the air. The Visit Stellenbosch team is full of joy with our very first, much-anticipated Garden Week event quickly approaching. There’s just so much to look forward to!
Taking place from 1 to 10 October (happily over-lapping with the school holidays), Garden Week will celebrate the best of Stellenbosch’s diverse natural beauty through talks, walks, tours, art, wine, and food. The festival, inspired by the world-famous Girona Flower Festival in Spain, will kick off with a fragrant flower parade, as well as including exciting collaborations with local businesses.
Along with the magnificent sights and smells that are sure to fill the town’s streets, visitors to Stellenbosch can also bank on taking advantage of a variety of Garden Week themed special offers and promotional rates, making it easy to save big this spring.
Book now! Garden Week is live. On the website, simply go to the event you’d like to attend and click on the BOOK NOW button.
Get the details…
We’ve created a dedicated Garden Week Page on our website to help all those keen on taking part in the festival to plan their itinerary. The webpage provides all the details that you need to know regarding the events, adventures, and activities taking place.
Historical Route: Click here for info about the various floral installations to be carried out by renowned landscapers and local botanical artists at Stellenbosch’s most notable historical sites – all within walking distance of one another. Walking along the Historical Route will be a great way to appreciate the beautiful designs, enjoy a relaxing stroll, and savour the warm, springtime sunshine on your skin.
Land Art Exhibitions: You’re in luck! Not only does it over-lap with the October school holidays, but Garden Week also 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, with each installation having been inspired by a famous poem.
Open Gardens: Regardless of the season, Stellenbosch is well known for its expansive, lush gardens, making for the perfect picnics and leisurely afternoon walks. From the Babylonstoren Garden to the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden, this micro-page highlights the best open gardens to visit for the duration of Garden Week – and beyond!
Private Gardens: Garden Week is also unlocking the door to a treasure trove of private gardens, most of which are usually hidden away from the curious eyes of the public. You’ll have the chance to explore the beauty of Jonkershoekweg, Zeven Rivieren Homestead, the small urban garden at 44 Rowan Road in Mostertsdrift, and more.
Adventure: What’s spring without plenty of adrenalin-inducing adventures in the great outdoors? Garden Week will host a broad selection of adventurous activities, all at special discounted rates so that visitors can do more, see more, and experience more. Gear up for a guided vineyard hike, an e-bike tour through Boschendal, a garden adventure hunt at Longridge Wine Estate, a porcupine vineyard walk through Waterford Wine Estate, and a vineyard tour at Jordan.
Workshops, Talks, and Walks: Learn more about gardening, flower arranging, specific species of plants and flowers, medicinal plants, moss gardening, growing microgreens, starting a food garden, and lots more during Garden Week. We’ve got some incredible educational workshops, talks, and walks planned for you to enjoy from as little as R20 per person. There are even a few talks, walks, and workshops exclusive to the children, such as the Learn to Grow Kids’ Workshop at Spier Wine Farm and the Babylonstoren Bee Walk for Kids. Adults are welcome too, of course!
Food and Drink: This one’s for the foodies and the wine connoisseurs. Leading up to the festival, you can anticipate festival-inspired dishes appearing on your favourite restaurant’s menus, as well as a series of garden-and-wine dining events. A few top picks include floral afternoon tea at Lanzerac’s Manor Kitchen; the Sunday harvest lunch buffet at Spier; Jan’s Botanical Banquet at Blaauwklippen; and cocktails in the garden at Johannesdal 1207.
Rama Microshooter School Project: This educational initiative has been organised in partnership with Rama and New Life Microgreens. We invited primary schools in the Stellenbosch District to participate in the school project activation where we supplied 20 Primary School learners from Grade 2-4 in the Greater Stellenbosch area with Microshooter grow kits to grow microgreens in Rama margarine tubs. Each learner also received a Rama nutritional educational leaflet.
Now’s the time to gear up for Garden Week and relish in the natural wonders of Stellenbosch in all of their glory.
The Visit Stellenbosch team looks forward to celebrating spring alongside you in a fresh and inspiring new way!