A few weeks ago, I visited the beautiful Babylonstoren. Locals will be familiar with this special place, but if you’re not from Cape Town, then you’re in for a treat. Babylonstoren is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms in the winelands with a fruit and vegetable garden as diverse as it is beautiful. We toured their garden with the gracious Gundula who suffuses her love for the earth into every word and gesture. I have not had an experience quite as moving as our morning in the gardens of Babylonstoren for quite a while.
The fresh greenness of spring was abundant and flagrantly intoxicated the senses. From the lush chamomile lawn under our feet to the sharp, astringent flavour of the kumquats that we harvested from the early yield as we meandered down the pathways, every moment was an education and an inspiration. I can only agree with Gundula: “How lucky can I be, to be here. It’s paradise lost and found.”
please continue reading for more about Babylonstoren and see all the images I shot that morning.
Spanning eight acres, the Babylonstoren garden is formal in structure. Every one of over 300 varieties of plants in the garden is edible and it is grown as biologically as we can. Fruit and veg are harvested year round for use in our restaurant. The garden is divided into fifteen clusters spanning vegetable areas, berries, bees, indigenous plants, ducks and chickens and includes a prickly pear maze. Gravity feeds water into waterways from a stream into the garden as it was done for 300 years.
Summer, winter, autumn or spring – there is always something happening in our Garden. Guests are invited to join in the harvesting, pruning, planting or picking of our many fruit, herbs, nuts, spices and vegetables.
watch my mini clip of Gundula pouring our delicious Earl Red, a rooibos tea with orange blossom.
all images by Megan of Dressed By Style©