Green fingers? Join Sue Norman, the Garden Guru, on a tour of the Franschhoek Valley's most breathtaking gardens.
Insider's tip: Sue Norman designed and maintains the gorgeous Le Quartier Francais Gardens.
Babylonstoren's formal garden is laid out over eight acres. The garden boasts over 300 varieties of plants and every one of them is edible. You can expect to experience vegetable, berry and indigenous plant gardens as well as bees, ducks, chickens and an impressive prickly pear maze.
Insider's tip: These gardens draw their inspiration from the original Dutch East India Company Gardens, in Cape Town. They were used to replenish ships with sweet water, vegetables and fruit at the halfway station between Europe and Asia.
The Exotic Plant Company is located on the family farm, Môreson, and run by Michael Tibbs – the distinguished orchid grower and breeder – it's a sight not to be missed. Whether you are a first-timer or an expert you will find your visit to The Exotic Plant Company enthralling.
Insider's tip: Michael Tibbs has authored several notable books on orchids. He is considered one of the leading thinkers in the global orchid community.
After your tour through rooms and rooms of orchids, with a glass of Môreson's finest bubbly in hand, Neil jewell – Executive Head Chef of Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant – will tempt your taste buds with a light, scrumptious bite to eat paired with another something special from Môreson's award-winning wine collection.
Insider's tip: The risotto is so popular that it has withstood many seasons of menu changes.
Finish up with a stroll through the gardens of Boekenhoutskloof one of the oldest farms in the valley. The farm produces a selection of world-class wines that combine the power of the modern with the elegance of the old-fashioned. You will have an opportunity to sample a selection of their finest wines at a wine tasting following our gentle guided meander through the gardens. These gardens are not open to the general public and, as such, access to them is subject to availability.
Insider's tip: Only a handful of people get to experience these exceptional gardens and you could find yourself added to the illustrious list.