Entry R50 per person / children under 12 free. 3 indigenous gardens on view. 40, Protea Way, Bergsig, Durbanville (ticket sales) 12. Plein St, Durbanville, HBD Guest House, entry via Plein St Gate. No tea room. 8 Acres of garden with large rose garden, orchid glass house, formal vegetable garden and much more. In line with Level 2 regulations strict health protocols, will be in place: –Temperature screening will be done upon entry – The wearing of masks in public is mandatory: no mask, no entry – Visitors will be expected to wear masks at all times – Picnicking and gathering in social groups are not allowed – Physical distancing measures will be strictly enforced.
Old Nectar Gardens
Set among the magnificent sandstone mountains ranges of the Jonkershoek valley, 7km from the centre of Stellenbosch, the Old Nectar gardens are the creation of Una van der Spuy, the doyen of South African gardening. Una created these gardens during the 71 years that Old Nectar was her home; from 1941 to her death in 2012, aged 100. The gardens at Old Nectar extend over two hectares, comprising of a collection of individual garden areas, each with its own character; the Front garden, the Rose garden, the Pergola garden, Kennie’s Bench garden, the Waterfall garden, the Millstone terrace and the newly developed Indigenous garden and Woodland terrace garden. These gardens are set among 200-year oak trees.
- Noteworthy to all visitors are the variety of trees in the Old Nectar gardens; other than the oak trees, every tree in these gardens was planted by Una over a period of more than 70 years; they include redwood, elm, copper beech, chorisia, Lombardy poplar, liquidambar, magnolia, Cape chestnut, maple, flowering peach, flowering plum and prunus trees.
Rustenberg Wines Gardens
The Schoongezicht garden is situated near the winery and is open to the public. Set against a backdrop of vineyards and pastures it features a 200 year old pergola, lily and fish pond and Chartres style labyrinth. The Rustenberg Manor House garden is a large farm garden with mature trees and unusual plants, surrounding the estate’s spectacular Cape Dutch buildings. The garden is made up of a series of ‘garden rooms’ each with a different theme, but essentially old English in style. The garden features an impressive double herbaceous border, which also includes many old-fashioned roses.
- The Schoongezicht garden features a Chartres style labyrinth, 200 year old pergola and ornamental lily pond.
- The Rustenberg Manor House garden features many mature specimen trees, a large pond, various individual ‘garden rooms’ and a large collection of unusual plants.