With all the hype about Garden Day coming up, we thought it was best to ask proud plant parent @shaedy.pots to share some tips and ideas for how to spend the day.

This year Garden Day is celebrated on Sunday the 17th of October. The day encourages people across South Africa to celebrate their green spaces and gardens regardless of the shape and size. 

Whether it was taking care of one or two houseplants, growing flowers, or an entire veggie patch, lockdown turned many people into part-time gardeners, making Garden Day this year especially appropriate. Whether you enjoy a picnic with family, attend a workshop or join an online gardening event, there are numerous ways to celebrate. Since you can never have too many options, I have put together a list of unique Cape Town specific ways you can spend the day.

Photo by Koa Photography


Explore Kirstenbosch Gardens

Let’s just say there is a reason The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens in the world. If you’re a nature lover, a visit to Kirstenbosch is a must! Besides it’s vast natural beauty, there is an endless number of things to do and see. If I haven’t convinced you already, check out this blog post for further convincing – Top 5 reasons to visit Kirstenbosch Gardens.

Entrance Fee:

Adults (with SA resident ID): R80
Children age 6-17: R25
Children age 0 -5: Free
South African Student (with student card): R45

Pick your own veggies at Spier

Photo by @spierwinefarm

The Spier Food Garden is open daily from 09h00 to sunset. Visitors are welcome to explore the garden and meet the paddle of 15 Indian Runner ducks who roam freely through the garden doing pest control – it’s adorable!  You can harvest your own produce on Saturday mornings between 09h00-11h00 for R150.00.

Advanced booking is essential, click here to book your spot.

Rose picking at The Chart Farm

Photo via @the_chart_farm

Located in the heart of the Southern Suburbs, The Chart Farm offers guests a quick escape from the city. It boasts a wide variety of roses, all with their own beautiful fragrance. My suggestion would be to enjoy a delicious slice of cake before picking your own roses. They are open every day between 09h00-16h00 and charge R6.50 per stem.

No bookings are necessary.

Luxury Quoin Rock Picnic

Photo by @quoinrock

When I think of a picnic, the word ‘glamorous’ isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind. However, the Quoin Rock team aims to change this impression. They offer a stylish picnic in a beautiful natural environment with jaw-dropping scenic views. The picnic is filled with delicious seasonal treats, freshly-baked bread, and of course Quoin Rock wines.

Guided Babylonstoren Garden Tour

Photo by @babylonstoren

Yes, the Babylonstoren Gardens are a classic, but did you know that they offer daily garden tours? Every day at 10h00 outside the farm shop one of the experienced Babylonstoren gardeners will walk guests through the garden, encouraging you to taste, smell and pick along the way.

Picnic at Boschendal

Photo by @boschendal

Treat yourself to tasty food and relax under the trees, enjoying the peaceful Boschendal atmosphere with family and friends. There is a treehouse playground that would make most adults jealous – an ideal way to celebrate for parents.

Cup of Coffee at Flower Café

Photo via @bookatflowercafe

Located in Woodstock, Flower Café is a place you can book a variety of different floral workshops or simply drop by for a tasty coffee and cake with friends. 

Join the Garden Day conversation. Check out @GardenDaySA on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and Twitter. Visit the Garden Day website to find out more about the exciting events they have lined up for Garden Day 2021.

Local small business to support this Garden Day

Boutique Nursery @elderflowernursery
Proudly South African T-shirt from @plantloveafrika
Punch needle soft pot from @wol_products
Propagation Station from @mammasplants
Houseplant themed cards from @moon.and.brush
Organic Plant Spray from @hermerakai

Thanks for following along. If you are interested in helpful gardening tips and tricks check out my Instagram page, you won’t regret it :p