Camellia celebration at Vergelegen

Camellia celebration at Vergelegen

Vergelegen wine estate’s International Camellia Garden of Excellence in Somerset West, the only such garden in Africa, is an ideal winter outing for the whole family. Bookings are open for its popular annual camellia celebration weekend, which will take place on July 28 and 29.

The garden was first established decades ago on the 318-year-old wine estate, now owned by Anglo American. It is a member of an elite collection of only 39 International Camellia Gardens of Excellence in the world. Vergelegen received this accolade eight years ago, and celebrates it every year.

The remarkable collection of camellias comprises about 550 cultivars, developed locally and as far afield as France, Japan and America.

The camellia weekend will offer guided tours of the camellia garden, followed by refreshments in the Stables family restaurant. This year the tours will depart from Stables at 9am and 2.30pm.

Each tour, led by the estate horticulturist Richard Arm, lasts one and a half hours and accommodates up to 30 people, so booking is essential. The cost is R130 per person and includes entrance, tea/coffee and a selection of cakes at Stables.

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