NEW FESTIVAL OF GARDENS IN STELLENBOSCH
Stellenbosch in the Western Cape will be hosting a week-long festival of gardens from 30 September to 10 October. Inspired by the famous flower festival of Girona, Spain, the inaugural garden week will encompass horticultural tours, landscape art, a flower parade, nature walks and the opening of private gardens to the public.
The event is an initiative of Visit Stellenbosch, a marketing organisation comprising the region’s tourism stakeholders with the objective of growing the tourism economy in the area. It also represents the collaboration of numerous local businesses, including restaurants, wine routes, the Stellenbosch Municipality and Outdoor Sculpture Trust, Remgro and Garden Day SA.
Garden Week takes place in the run-up to National Garden Day on 17 October and will also feature several installations to be carried out by landscapers and local botanical artists. These works will serve to highlight the town’s well-preserved history and among them will be a giant centre piece – a plant labyrinth at The Braak, the town’s main square.
Some of the region’s splendid public gardens will be open to visitors, including the historic Old Nectar estate, the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden, Spier Wine Farm and Delaire Graff Estate. The owners of some 20 private gardens will also participate, giving visitors a glimpse of usually inaccessible spaces.