South Africa’s diverse landscapes and rich biodiversity make it a haven for flower enthusiasts seeking to immerse themselves in the vibrant hues of nature.
Flower picking is a delightful activity that allows you to connect with the environment, and South Africa offers a plethora of locations where you can indulge in this therapeutic experience. A new bouquet of freshly picked blooms always lifts the spirits, but this way you get to create your own bunch from lush in-season gardens.
Chart Farm is a family- and pet-friendly farm in the southern suburb of lovely upper Wynberg.
The charming establishment provides a farm-like atmosphere in the middle of suburbia, with views of the Constantia Valley and an extensive variety of roses blooming in its gardens.
Make a day of it and visit the farm’s restaurant first for a nibble at the pet-friendly Chart Farm Café, which serves lunch and breakfast. The menu is casual, made from fresh ingredients, and includes sandwiches, quiches, cakes, tarts and more.
Get straight into rose picking and experience the beauty of summer while taking in the fragrant gardens. Collect secateurs and buckets from the farm stall and get cracking. Just make sure young children are supervised while using the cutting tools. Roses cost R8 each if you are picking but you are welcome to buy pre-harvested bouquets too.
- Location: 1A Klaasens Road, Wynberg
- Contact: 079 684 8797
- Website: chartfarm.co.za
Jamestown Flower Farm
Jamestown Flower Farm is a floral paradise situated in Stellenbosch and is most popular for its wide variety of flowers.
Visitors spend their time here strolling among the tall bushes of blossoms and enjoying the different scents emanating from the garden. Varieties on offer include sunflowers, snapdragons, straw flowers, and others.
The best part is you can also pick a bunch for yourself, just be sure to bring your own bucket to take your flowers home in. You also have the option of buying ready-made bunches from the farm stall. The flower-picking prices are available at the stall.
You can continue enjoying the blooms from Jamestown Flower Farm by ordering online or picking up your bouquet directly from the farm.
- Location: 58 Webersvallei Road, Stellenbosch
- Contact: 082 894 6405
- Website: jamestownflowerfarm.co.za
Nestled in the tranquil outskirts of Meyerton, just south of Johannesburg, lies the delightful Akanaka Blooms. This enchanting flower farm specialises in cultivating a diverse range of seasonal, farm-fresh flowers destined for florists, residences, hotels, events, and businesses alike. For an unforgettable and distinctive outing, consider a leisurely drive to this picturesque spot on a sunny Saturday morning. With summer in full swing (from November to March), seize the opportunity to bask in the radiant glow of golden sunflowers at this captivating floral sanctuary.
- Location: 136 Christine Road Homelands AH, Meyerton
- Contact: 071 854 7712
- Website: akanakablooms.co.za
There is a rose for every occasion. Red roses for romance, yellow for kinship, and white for new beginnings. But where could you possibly find all these varieties of roses in one place? At Ludwig’s Roses, of course! If you’ve always wanted to grow your own rose garden or are simply looking for a relaxing outdoor adventure to enjoy, then Ludwig’s is the place for you. Enjoy a delightful meal at their on-site restaurant, The Rose Kitchen!
- Location: Plot 4, Tiger Valley, Lynnwood rd, Pretoria, 0040
- Contact: 012 941 9251
- Website: ludwigroses.co.za
Femme Petale Flower Farm
Next on our list is Femme Petale Flower Farm, located in the scenic expanse of Intundla Game Lodge in the Dinokeng region. They are steadfast in their dedication to maintaining complete organic and regenerative practices, as a tribute to the environment that nurtures our growth.
This picturesque setting is truly unparalleled. A stroll through their flower fields promises a rejuvenating experience. Visitors will be in a state of tranquil serenity and vibrant exuberance.
- Location:Private Road, Portion 7 Boekenhoutskloof (R628, Hammanskraal Rd, Dinokeng, 0001
- Contact: 082 804 1547
- Website: femmepetaleflowers.co.za
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Originally published in Garden&Home Magazine