Babylonstoren Garden Tour
The Babylonstoren garden is at the heart of the Babylonstoren farm. The design was inspired by the historic Company’s Garden in Cape Town, which for centuries supplied ships sailing between Europe and Asia with vegetables and fruit. It also makes a playful nod to the mythological Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Those were (possibly erroneously) 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.
The garden includes vegetable patches, orchards of fruit and nuts, fragrant indigenous plants, ducks and chickens, bees for pollinating, a prickly pear maze to wander through and a palette of trees of historical or botanical significance. It features more than 300 varieties of trees alone, and thousands of plant species. There’s a Healing Garden, a splendid Succulent House, the Kitchen Garden planted with a variety of seasonal vegetables as well as the Spice House, which tells the story of the spice trade with the East. A collection of some 7000 clivia lilies bloom spectacularly every spring, while rose towers covered with fragrant varieties and an aromatic chamomile lawn bloom in early summer.
Daily Garden Tour
- The tour of our formal fruit and vegetable garden starts at the Farm Shop at 10h00 daily. One of our experienced gardeners will be your guide on this tour, during which guests are encouraged to pick, taste, smell and touch while walking through the garden.
- Special Collections Garden Tour
Come on the daily guided walk from Monday to Friday at 11h30, to discover Babylonstoren’s 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.
- Booking is essential please email email@example.com or phone 021 863 3852. Garden tours continue, come rain and shine
Entrance fees are payable at the ticket office.
R20 per adult | R10 per child under 12
A once off entry fee allows you to register for a Babylonstoren Garden Membership with the free Candide gardening app. This will give you unlimited admission to Babylontoren for 12 months.
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