Gardens in the wine valley
Two of our biggest wine farms, Babylonstoren and Boschendal boast the best gardens in the valley and they are open to visitors through out the year.
In addition, in October each year, Franschhoek residents open up their spectacular private gardens to visitors during the Open Gardens Festival. More details below.
Babylonstoren not only opens its amazing fruit and vegetable garden to visitors, but also offers a number of interesting and creative workshops throughout the year. More details below.
Boschendal is one of our largest vineyards and boasts a number of activities on the farm. Details below.
Relax and recharge in spectacular surroundings
Stunning 3.5 hectare food garden
Babylonstoren is well known for its amazing fruit and vegetable garden. It is surely one of the largest in the country. Set within 3,5 hectares (8 acres) of cultivated fruit and vegetables, the big garden at Babylonstoren is at the heart of the farm. LEARN MORE
It was inspired by the historic Company’s Garden in Cape Town, which supplied sailing ships of the Dutch East India Company with fresh vegetables and fruit during the days when the Cape was a halfway station between Europe and Asia. But we also link back to the mythological hanging gardens of Babylon. Those were thought to have been created by Nebuchadnezzar in the sixth century BC, for his wife who longed for the mountains and valleys of her youth.
Daily Garden Tour 1 hour 30 minutes
Our daily garden tour starts at the Farm Shop at 10h00. Remember to wear comfortable shoes, bring a hat in summer, and wellies plus the umbrella provided in your room in winter.
Special Collections Tour
Come on the daily guided walk from Monday to Friday at 11h30, to discover our special collections. Depending on the time of year, guests will be taken to see the succulent collection, the cycads next to the stream or for a walk through the Healing Garden.
Entrance fees are payable at the gate.
Weekends and public holidays: R20 per adult | R10 per child under 12
Weekdays: R10 for all
5 Hour workshops on various skills
Babylonstoren offers wonderful workshops throughout the year from making cheese to the Secret life of Bees! These 5 hour workshops book up quickly so it's best to get in early. LEARN MORE
The following are comping up soon:
28 Aug - Breadmaking
04 Sep - Soapmaking
05 Sep - Soapmaking
11 Sep - All About Asparagus
18 Sep - Cilivia Encounters
25 Sep - Seasonal Vegetables
02 Oct - The Secret Life of Bees
03 Oct - The Secret Life of Bees
30 Oct - Healing Herbs
06 Nov - Fragrant Herbs
27 Nov - Building Structured Gardens
28 Nov - Building Structured Gardens
04 Dec - Indigenous succulents
R700.00 per person.
LEEU COLLECTION GARDEN & ART TOURS
Art in the garden
Take a guided tour of the gardens interspersed with strategically placed artworks at Leeu Estates, a five-star getaway ensconced in landscaped gardens, manicured vineyards and indigenous fynbos in the Franschhoek valley.LEARN MORE
ART MEETS NATURE
The informative tours provide an opportunity to connect with art and nature in serene and meditative spaces with exceptional views. Analjit Singh, the Leeu Collection’s founder, personally curated the collection at Leeu Estates, which features predominantly life-sized bronze sculptures by Angus Taylor, Deborah Bell, Dylan Lewis and Otto du Plessis, among other well-known mainly South African artists. Relax afterwards over a traditional afternoon tea or tea with scones and homemade jam. Bookings can be made for group sizes from two to 10 guests.
OPEN GARDENS FESTIVAL
25 - 27 October 2019
Franschhoek is in full bloom, and gardening fanatics and nature lovers alike are flocking into the valley for their share in this year’s yield.LEARN MORE
Variety is the main attraction of the Franschhoek Open Garden festival. We offer gardens that range from small village gardens to beautiful large farm gardens. Every year we try to bring you new and exciting gardens. This year we have ten gardens on show; four new gardens, two that have only been on once before and 4 favourites that have been on the show before.
Other attractions include the ‘Garden in a Pot’ competition and teas and wine tasting in some of the gardens.
Dates …25th, 26th and 27th October 2019.
Tickets are R200 per person to see all the gardens for the whole weekend and they will be available at La Motte Wine Estate and the NG Church Hall in the Main street in Franschhoek.
GARDEN DAY AT BOSCHENDAL
20 October 2019
Celebrate Garden Day with us at beautiful Boshendal!LEARN MORE
With various ways to interact, learn, eat and play on our 11 acres of organically grown gardens, this will be a fun day out for the whole family. A number of experts from across SA will be joining us in the garden explaining practices such as seed saving, pruning, composting and general plant care. Learn how to create flower crowns and Christmas garlands, mix your own botanical infused cocktails and taste our delicious farm-fresh produce.
Kids will be entertained by our Tree House team with raised bed learning, bird feeder design and scavenger hunts.
Entry to the garden is free, collect your map from the welcome station which will detail the location of all the activities.