Vergelegen Gardens

Vergelegen has been a gardener's paradise since the van der Stel era in the 1700's and today 17 exquisitely themed gardens are on display for visitors to enjoy.

Vergelegen Gardens - Vergelegen Estate - Somerset West, Winelands, South Africa - gardens : octogonal garden - Vergelegen Wine Estate, Western Cape, Helderberg, South Africa [© 2004 paulgodard.com] Vergelegen Gardens - Vergelegen Estate - Somerset West, Winelands, South Africa - gardens : octogonal garden - Vergelegen Wine Estate, Western Cape, Helderberg, South Africa [© 2011 Vergelegen Estate - vergelegen.co.za]

Other than being a farmer, the founder of Vergelegen, Willem Adriaan van der Stel, was also a botanist, a forester and a horticulturist. He wrote "The African Gardeners' and Agriculturists Calendar' of which much is still relevant to this day. The oldest oak tree in South Africa, the ancient White Mulberry tree and of course the five camphor trees gracing the front of the Homestead all bear testimony to his great horticultural talent.

After purchasing Vergelegen in 1987, Anglo American Farms Ltd restored the gardens and grounds in the Estate's historic core, based on the concept of retaining the best from all periods. The historic core, approximately 60 ha in extent, includes the Octagonal Garden, the surrounding gardens and lawns, oak parklands and oak plantation, camphor forest and open pastures. At no point is the garden visible in its entirety.

Landscape architect, the late Ian Ford, developed a theme of generous and intimate garden areas, contrasting the simple with the bold, the formal of the gardens with the informal of grasses and woodlands.

Resident horticulturist Richard Arm and his team continue to manicure these exquiste gardens and grounds, ensuring that each season brings new delights for visitors to the Estate.

Vergelegen Gardens - Vergelegen Estate - Somerset West, Winelands, South Africa - gardens : ivy on wall - Vergelegen Wine Estate, Western Cape, Helderberg, South Africa [© 2014 Vergelegen Estate - vergelegen.co.za] Vergelegen Gardens - Vergelegen Estate - Somerset West, Winelands, South Africa - gardens : pond & guest house - Vergelegen Wine Estate, Western Cape, Helderberg, South Africa [© 2011 Vergelegen Estate - vergelegen.co.za]

 


East Garden and Childrens Play Area

Vergelegen Camellia Garden

International honour for Vergelegen Camellia Collection

Vergelegen Rose Gardens

An abundance of resplendent roses

Mulberry tree

A botanical riddle solved

Camphor tree

Cinnamomum camphora Camphor tree

Yellowwood tree

Afrocarpus falcatus Outeniqua yellowwood tree

more about camellias

more about Arum lilies

more about clivias

more about Agapanthus

Agapanthus Flower of Love