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Picking Roses at Chart Farm in Wynberg (2017-11-04) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 13 JUL 2018

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.

Related Link: Chart Farm | The View at Chart Farm | Wynberg | Cape Town

Flower Gazing at the Durbanville Rose Garden (2017-02-12) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 10 MAR 2017

First opened in 1979, the award-winning Durbanville Rose Garden stands as one of only three trial rose gardens in the Southern Hemisphere. Jointly cared for by the Friends of the Rose Garden society and the Durbanville Municipality, this lovely garden stands at 3.5 hectares big, with around 4,500 bushes representing about 500 rose varietals!

Situated along one of the main arteries into Durbanville, the R302, it is impossible to miss this colourful, open patch of green land with its distinctive white entrance building standing proudly out front and center.

The rose garden itself is partly planted on land from the original Old Eversdal Estate, donated to the town by the Schabort family. Notably the Schabort family burial ground and memorial are in fact situated in the rose garden as well, a slightly somber addition to this otherwise brightly coloured affair.

Entry to the garden is free, with the occasional Sunday afternoon tea being served in the clubhouse from October through to May (often hosted by different groups and societies).

Naturally, picking of the roses is strictly prohibited!

Although the surrounding Durbanville vineyards have slowly given way to housing and other commercial developments over the years, this particular patch of green has become quite popular with the locals, and you will often find full-on wedding shoots happening in among the roses come just about every other weekend!

Funnily enough, I lived most of my life in the Northern Suburbs without once ever stopping to stroll about these fragrant pathways, a mistake that I at long last rectified by making the drive through and dropping in with the girls one quiet Sunday morning in the middle of February.

Beautiful flowers, a well cared for garden, fantastic views of the mountains in the distance, and of course a tranquil atmosphere makes this a particularly charming and slightly unexpected little stop in the middle of Durbanville suburbia.

Especially if you are into your roses!

Also, a map to the rose garden, just in case you don’t know where Durbanville actually is:

Related Link: Durbanville Rose Garden | Facebook (Unofficial)