If you ever feel that you need a vibrant burst of colour in your life, a drive up to Chart Farm, a slice of rural charm situated right alongside the bustling Wynberg Park, is an almost guaranteed solution – if in flower season that is.
Purchased in 1934 by the Garlick family, the Chart Farm covers about 18 hectares of land (a hectare or two was lost to the construction of the M3 highway), with about 12 hectares of that arable and being used to cultivate grapes, chestnuts, lemons, and… compost – but it is of course the rose growing operation for which Chart Farm is most famous among Capetonians for.
Home also to Ludwigs Rose’s, Chart Farm grows a huge number of rose varietals in their rose garden, all of which can be ready picked for special orders but which are in fact much more fun to be picked out using your own hands and the secateurs and buckets supplied down at the farm stall out in front.
(Okay, so maybe I’m making this out to be a little more fun than what it actually is – but both the girls were SUPER excited to be walking among the roses bushes, selecting the flowers that were to be daintily removed with as minimal pricking as possible for their mom, and then making sure they made it safely back to the pay point.)
As previously mentioned, down at the entrance to Chart Farm is their small little farm stall, which offers fresh farm produce (in season), including items like lemons, limes, grapes, figs, chestnuts and cherries, as well as a selection of preserves and of course already cut roses (just in case you don’t have the time to meander among the flower beds).
Then there is The View @ Chart Farm, a perfectly situated coffee shop that serves delicious home-made cakes, breakfasts and light lunches, all whilst offering the most magnificent view over what is a very lush greenbelt area.
Seriously, it is a ridiculously picturesque spot.
All in all, it is impossible not to recommend Chart Farm as an outing with your mother (unless she is SERIOUSLY adverse to pretty roses), and as you might expect, Chantelle is very much itching for us to schedule a return visit so that she can see this gorgeous little find with her own eyes!
Tip: There is of course a thing as seasons for flowers, so the best time to come is late spring, with the roses generally being available from October all the way through to June.