Gorgeous gardens that inspire in and around Cape Town
When the beaches get a bit busy this summer, it’s time to head inland. Get a group together and choose from one of the many lush public gardens in and around Cape Town. Even better, these spots have been selected by free gardening app Candide as some of the most instagrammable green spaces – so make sure you take plenty of pics!
The Chart Farm rose garden | Wynberg
Selfie spot: Roses galore in all shades of colours
Insta-claim to fame: This farm-style retreat is a little gem of over 12ha with an abundance of all things beautiful – the prettiest of all being the famous rose garden. Here you’ll find over 500 rose bushes, some dating back to the 1900s and the newer ones having been planted two years ago. Stop and smell the roses, including their Double Delight, Esther Geldenhuys, Blue Moon, Garden Princess, Garden Queen, Johannesburg Sun and Duftwolke varieties while soaking up the sunshine.
The Boomslang | Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway
Selfie spot: Boomslang walkway
Insta-claim to fame: Set against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway, a curved steel and timber bridge inspired by a snake skeleton (which is why it’s often called the Boomslang after the agile green snake). It winds through and over the trees of the Arboretum and is a spectacular walk with beautiful views and plenty of nature.
Norval Foundation | Steenberg
Selfie spot: Shoulder to shoulder with the Holderstebolder
Insta-claim to fame: For the most instagram-worthy spot, head to the Holderstebolder boulder man, sculpted by Angus Taylor. The “interactive anti-monument” can be found in the play area of the Norval Foundation Museum in Steenberg, Cape Town. The catapulting figure – buttocks in the air, arms and legs stretched out – looks like he is about to roll down the hill. There’s also plenty of other incredible spots to see throughout the sculpture garden, so make sure to do a walkabout.
Stellenbosch Botanical Garden
Selfie spot: Bamboozling bamboo
Insta-claim to fame: Stellenbosch is home to some of the most beautifully curated gardens that will have you marvelling at everything green from bonsai to bamboo. Although not native to this country, the prominent “gian” bamboo at this botanical garden has been accepted as a naturalised species, since its introduction into South Africa during the 1600s. Follow the Bamboo Trail for great shots and don’t miss out on a pic with the giant water lilies and redwood trees.
Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden | Stellenbosch
Selfie Spot: The sculptures
Insta-claim to fame: Yin and yang. Wild and tamed. One of the attractions of the Sculpture Garden is the mix of over 60 sculptures, organic, natural gardens with a focus on indigenous species, particularly fynbos; the influence of Japanese gardens, water and a rugged mountain backdrop. There are so many spots along the 4km of paths to stop, admire and capture that we recommend you carve out a good part of your day to spend here and enjoy. Visits to the garden are by appointment only, and a privately guided tour can be arranged with advance booking.
The Chapel at Bosjes | Worcester
Selfie Spot: The chapel
Insta-claim to fame: There are many reasons to visit Bosjes and the magnificent chapel, an architectural masterpiece, is certainly one of them. Add the magnificent landscaped gardens around the chapel and the masses of flowers in the surrounding fields, and you will never run out of photo opportunities.