Garden Town Stellenbosch promises lush bouquet of flowers, food, wine & art

 

One of the country’s most prominent garden lifestyle festivals returns after its inauguration last year as Stellenbosch once again pulls out the stops for gardeners and lovers of the great outdoors. The 10-day long festival will transform its streets and surrounding countryside from 20 to 30 October.

Glorious flowers

 

Garden Town Stellenbosch, inspired by the world-famous flower festival of Girona, Spain, will encompass everything from horticultural tours to flower art; dining to hiking; all in a majestic setting. DIY vegetable gardening, wine tasting, painting, guided bird walks, wreath crafting, honey sampling and much more will be on the programme this year.

Beautiful gardens

Don’t mis this chance to experience many of the town’s well-known properties including the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden, Rupert Museum, Quoin Rock, Ernst van Jaarsveld, Lanzerac and Babylonstoren.

Let your hair down

During the festival, the Stellenbosch CBD will be decorated with a flower theme and prominent installations. As with last year’s event, colourful floral displays will be added to public spaces in Bird Street.

Mother Nature in full bloom

Flowerise yourself

The programme of events kicks off with a grand flower parade, the official launch of Garden Town Stellenbosch on 20 October. And everyone is invited! This is your invitation to dress up to the theme. If you need help, there will be a stall at the Braak – the departure point – selling appropriate paraphernalia.

The parade

The parade will be followed immediately by a floral version of the town’s summer pop-up street soirees – a Garden Soiree. This takes place from 19:00 to 21:00 at the recently landscaped gardens at Voorgelegen.

Famous Manor Houses

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For more information about all the upcoming garden festival events and bookings, go to VisitStellenbosch.org or call 021 886 4310. The Garden Town website – www.gardentown.visitstellenbosch.org – provides dates, times, locations and relevant costs.

Magnificent vistas