We are literally counting the days until Spring arrives. We’re dreaming about long, lazy lunches outside, picnics on the lawn and sand between our toes…maybe a little gardening, boule on the lawn and reading a book under a tree.
If you live in Cape Town you are spoilt with options of city parks and gardens to visit and spend the afternoon in. We did the tour…
The Company’s Garden is a park and heritage site located in central Cape Town. The garden was originally created in the 1650s by the region’s first European settlers and provided fertile ground to grow fresh produce to replenish ships rounding the Cape. Nature enthusiasts – and those just looking for a welcome break from city life – will enjoy leisurely walks along the tree-lined paths while taking in some of the more than 8 000 species of plants contained in the Company’s Garden, before stopping for tea and cake at the tea room.
19 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens | Opening times: 07h30- 20h30 (Dec-Feb) | 07h00-19h00 (Mar-Nov)
The Arderne Gardens, with its shady glades, romatic nooks, and Japanese-style ponds has, for generations, been a place for Capetonians to bring their children, take much cherished wedding photographs, and relax away from the increasing hubbub of city life.
In the middle of the city bowl, beneath the majestic Table Mountain, lies on oasis of greenery. Every day this beautiful space acts as a meeting ground for dogs and their walkers, children, picnickers, slack rope walkers, tree and bird enthusiasts, runners and everyone in between.
Upper Orange Rd, Gardens | Opening times: 06h30- 20h00 (Sept-Mar) | 07h00-18h00 (Apr-Aug)
The well-designed Greenpoint Biodiversity Park offers a safe environment with walkways, cycling paths, water features and ponds, green areas, adventure play parks, a trim park, outdoor labyrinth and sun dial.
Maynardville Park features rolling expanses of lawn populated with trees and a vibrant eco-system of birds. There is also a water feature and children’s playground. The park is used to host a range of community activities throughout the year.
Corner of Church and Wolfe Street, Wynberg | Opening times: 07h00- 20h00 (Sept-Mar) | 07h30-18h00 (Apr-Aug)
The Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF) is a non-profit project celebrating local food, culture and community through urban farming in Cape Town. It is located next to the corner of Sidmouth Avenue and Upper Orange Street, Oranjezicht, adjacent to Homestead Park. Learn all about the history of the site of the farm here.
To donate, volunteer or find out when the markets are, go to www.ozcf.co.za | Opening times: 08h00 to 16h00 (all year round)
Compiled by DECO Intern Christine Boyter