Babylonstoren is located at the foot of the breathtaking Simonsberg Mountain between Paarl and Franschhoek. It is a farm, with a hotel, a restaurant, greenhouse, bakery, charcuterie, larder, spa, cellar and a learning centre for our people.
Babylonstoren is also home to an organic food garden of great diversity: eight acres of vegetables and aromatic herbs.
The farm hosts regular workshops with the aim to share learning experiences with the community. Starting with a walk through the garden, the workshop is usually a full day affair with a delicious lunch at the Greenhouse Restaurant included. Hotel guests are invited to also take part in any of the workshops during their stay at no extra cost.
Their next workshop coming up involves learning the art of bonsai trees. It is a meditative and creative experience that represents a mature tree to suggest a scene in nature.
Join Willem Pretorius, former president of the South African Bonsai Association, and Ernst van Jaarsveld, Babylonstoren’s resident botanist and tree enthusiast, to learn how to create your very own piece of arbour art.
You will be guided through the various styles of bonsai, teaching you how to prune, care for and maintain your own.
Did you know? South Africa has a rich bonsai tradition – we were one of the first countries outside the East to start growing bonsai with local species. South African bonsai experts have even developed their own style that is recognised abroad.
- Fee: R700 per person.
- When: November 10 2021
- Time: 10am – 3pm
- Where: Babylonstoren’s Farm Shop
Here are other workshop dates to save on your calendar:
- Unlock the diversity of indigenous succulents, November 17
- Summer salads and edible flowers, November 24
- Lavender and essential oils, December 1
- Make your own Christmas wreath, December 8 – 9
Local gardener Robert starts his own Christmas wreath business
Picture: Facebook / Babylonstoren