Tour Rose Gardens of the
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
What to expect?
During 4 days of romancing the finer things in life, you’ll explore private and public rose gardens and lunch at some of the best restaurants around.
transport, entry fees, lunch, guides, refreshments and happy surprises
Day 1 - Thursday 1st of November
9h00 - 9h40
The Manor house garden is set on the high slopes of the Simonberg - the relatively new formal garden boasts a wide range of ornamental plants inter-planted with an extensive variety of roses. The large garden is framed by spectacular mountain views.
Private Garden of Coreen Krige
10h20 - 11h50
Coreen and Niel Krige have created a country garden on their family estate in Jonkershoek in a hidden valley with a spectacular mountain backdrop. The rose gardens are arranged by colour. Climbing roses tumble over archways in the garden and there are vases of freshly picked roses throughout the house. ‘I’m mad about roses,’ says Coreen. ‘It’s lovely to have flowers for nine months of the year.’ Some of her favourite species include Hot Point Spire, Golden Monica and Crème Caramel, ‘which has long stems – exceptional for a climber,’ she says. As a surprise birthday gift Niel recently had a rose named after her, and there is now a bed planted with Coreen Krige blooms.
Lanzerac + lunch
12h00 - 14h30
The Estate boasts dramatic mountain ranges, endless rows of lush vineyards and hectares of landscaped gardens shaded by giant Oak trees. The rose garden is new addition, with a French fragrant feel.
Rustenberg + tea
15h00 - 16h30
The Rustenberg Estate stands on an impressive 880 hectares against the iconic Simonsberg Mountain in Stellenbosch. When standing in the high vineyards of the Estate, the entire vista of Stellenbosch is revealed, with a glimpse of Table Mountain in the distance. Rustenberg was awarded National Heritage Site status in December 2004. Befitting to its history Rustenburg also boasts a well maintained Heritage Rose garden and we have been invited by Mrs Rozanne Barlow to view the private rose garden, known to few.
Day 2 - Friday 2nd of November
8h00 - 11h00
Karen Roos, a former editor for Elle Decoration South Africa and owner of the garden, dreamt of reinterpreting the storied Company’s Garden of the Dutch East India Co. The result is a wonderland chessboard garden in the heart of of the farm divided into 15 sections that compromise fruit, vegetables, berries, bees for pollinating, indegious plants, fragrant lawns, a prickly pear mage, ducks and chickens, and more. A secluded path runs along the stream the thousands of clivias flower in spring.
But alas, we want to see roses! And yes, the roses play a focal point in this world renowned garden, stretching over impressive pergolas. And there is more, little known to most, a small, but quaint picking rose garden for hotel guests only. And you guessed it - we'll be seeing just that.
Val de Vie
11h10 - 12h00
Val de Vie is South Africa’s top luxury living estate. Roses have effectively been used to as a status symbol in the gardens and a provision of color for residents. The roses have been planted in masses in the traffic circles. Anja has been instrumental in the new development phase, were we have changed from pastels to vibrant bursts of colors.
Rose Gin Experience & Lunch
14h00 - 14h30
One of the Rupert’s Estates, boasting beautiful fynbos and of course a mass of the ‘Hanneli Rupert’ rose. Further along they have created a formal rose garden, leading to the fine art museum.
14h45 - 15h30
Leeu Estates encompasses an exclusive boutique hotel, winery and wellness spa set among vineyards, gardens and fynbos in the scenic Franschhoek valley, framed by the Dassenberg Mountains. The gardens were designed by Francheska Watson, well known garden designer. The rose garden is of particular delight - color coded climbers espaliered in almost a kilometer long rose garden - a rather novel concept.
Day 3 Saturday 3 November
Helshoogte - indeed roses bloom best in Hell's heights.
Private Florist-Farmer OKASIE
9h00 - 10h00
OKASIE are the top floral designers for the Cape, catering to events of Veuve Cliquot and the likes. Chris soon realized that garden roses in floral design simply are authentic and fragrant. Thus they have set up their operation as ‘farmer florists’ - growing their own melange of garden roses for production on their beautiful small holding in Pniel. (The house is also fun to see)
Private Garden of Mary Ross
11h10 - 12h00
A spectacular garden of Mrs Mary Ross on the famed Hellshoogte Rd. This garden, with color illusions compliments the view out into the mountains. The secret rose gem of the Cape.
Private Garden at Tokara
12h30 - 15h30
The Private rose garden of Tokara Wine Estate is of sheer amazement, every turn leading into a new scene. The roses are particularly beautiful in size and collection. From fragrant novelties to climbing Heritage roses - this is unknown gem and seldom open for visitors. Of course we pulled all the strings to get you in here.
16h00 - 16h20
A Relais and Chateaux Property whose gardens were designed by famed Keith Kirsten. We will drive in and out, as the show stopper are walls and walls of established ‘Crepescule’.
Day 6 Tuesday 30.10.
Day 4 Sunday 4 November
Somerset and Stellenbosch, we've left for last....
10h15 - 12h30
When in the Winelands visiting Vergelegen Estate is a must-do. Established in 1700 by Willem Adriaan van der Stel it is one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa. The rose garden located at the edge of a camphor tree forest is particularly special. From miniature roses, Panarosas™, climbing roses to Antico Moderno™ Roses – a feast for all your senses.
The David Austin Rose garden will have matured and be ready to bloom its heart out.
Lunch at Vergelegen
13h30 - 14h30
The world renowned rose nursery in South Africa, boasting over 800 varieties. The main farm is in Pretoria, Gauteng, with Ludwig’s Roses Winelands being the flagship specialist rose garden centre in the Cape. You’ll be bedazzled with the myriad of blooms, floral arrangements and surprise rose treats.
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