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BABYLONSTOREN

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Babylonstoren
Klapmuts Simondium Road
South Africa
Simondium, 7670

Franschhoek

12 acres

Tel
00 27 21 863 3852

Visit website

Opening Hours

Daily (except 25 Dec), 9am–5pm.

Admission

R20 per adult, R10 per child under 12. Please see website for more information.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies when open.

Facilities

  • Assistance dogs only
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Parking
  • Toilets

Features

  • Children’s garden (not playground)
  • Glasshouse (open to public)
  • National Plant Collections
  • Organic management
  • Wildlife planting and features

About the garden

Owned by
Karen Roos

With the Simonsberg, Du Toitskloof and Franschhoek Mountains as backdrop, Babylonstoren in the Drakenstein Valley of South Africa sits at the heart of the Cape Winelands. This restored Cape Dutch farm dates back to 1692 and is renowned for its magnificent 4.8 hectare (12 acre) garden with pergolas, gravel pathways and water canals. 

Diversity is a trademark of this garden – the only Royal Horticultural Society partner garden in Africa. The design was inspired by the historic Company’s Garden in Cape Town, which for centuries supplied ships sailing between Europe and Asia with vegetables and fruit. It also makes a playful nod to the mythological Hanging Gardens of Babylon, which are (possibly erroneously) thought to have been created by Nebuchadnezzar in the sixth century BC, for his wife who longed for the mountains and valleys of her youth. 

The garden includes vegetable patches, orchards of fruit and nuts, fragrant indigenous plants, ducks and chickens, bees for pollinating, a prickly pear maze to wander through and a palette of trees of historical or botanical significance. It features more than 300 cultivars of trees alone, and thousands of plant species. There’s a Healing Garden, a splendid Succulent House as well as the Spice House, which tells the story of the spice trade with the East. 

A collection of some 7,000 clivia lilies bloom spectacularly every spring, while rose towers covered with fragrant varieties and an aromatic chamomile lawn bloom in early summer. Visitors are invited to stop for a meal at one of our farm-to-fork restaurants, stroll through the gardens or stay over in our hotel with its thick, whitewashed walls, elegant gables and hearty fireplaces for an authentic farmstay experience.

Plants of special interest

  • Cacti & succulents
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Vegetables
  • Wildflowers

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.