Taking inspiration from the famous flower festival of Girona in Spain, Garden Week will showcase all of Stellenbosch’s natural splendour from 30 September to 10 October, offering garden tours, guided walks, art exhibitions, and plenty of wining and dining.
Here’s what is on offer at Spier:
Spier Food Garden Tour
The Spier Food Garden is an unmissable stop along the Garden Week path. Visitors to the garden will meet Megan McCarthy, our expert food grower, and her green-thumbed team to learn about the diverse variety of our organically grown crops and our new orchard. Megan is always eager to share her team’s environmentally friendly techniques, such as soil-building and natural pest control to produce Spier’s nutritious food. You can even fill your basket with fresh, self-harvested veggies to take home.
6 & 9 October, 9:00, R175 pp. Find out more and book.
Meet the Tree-preneurs
Visitors get the opportunity to see the exciting work we’re doing in our onsite greening project known as Tree-preneurs, not normally open to the public. Our project manager Lesley will walk you through the nursery and share inspiring stories about the project and its people.
5 & 7 October, 10:00, 12:00 & 14:00, R100pp. Find out more and book.
Spier River Walk
Lovers of proteas and other wildflowers should put this on top of their list. Meet Spier’s Nursery Manager Wilton Sikhosana who will guide you on the River Walk, starting at the Spier Manor House and following a circular path exploring the diverse flora and interesting species that form part of Spier’s comprehensive rehabilitation project.
1 & 7 October, 12:00, R100pp. Find out more and book.
Garden Workshop: Your Own Home Nursery
Immerse yourself in the productive garden with Megan McCarthy as your guide. Learn how to sustain your food garden over the long term by propagating plants yourself. This enables a deeper level of engagement and enjoyment in your food garden. Understand plant propagation 101, collecting plant materials and timings. Get hands-on experience in making and maintaining plant cuttings and an introduction to grafting.
2 October, 9:00, R650pp including lunch. Find out more and book.
Kids Workshop: Learn to Grow
The little ones can participate in a Learn to Grow workshop – either to make a self-watering seed-starter pot or a nature crown. They will have fun and get creative with activities to improve problem-solving skills, fine motor skills and self-expression. In keeping with Spier’s commitment to a greener future, only recyclable and sustainable materials will be used.
Spier River House
2, 3, 9 & 10 October, 9:00 & 12:00 R 120. Suitable for children aged 4-12. Find out more and book.
Garden inspired meals
You’ve completed various activities, smelled the flowers and breathed in all that fresh farm air, now what? We’re glad you asked. Why not find a shady spot for a picnic or book a table at one of our eateries? Enjoy the tasty food on offer and pair it with one of your favourite Spier wines. Every bottle is a testament to Spier’s 300 years of winemaking tradition and our commitment to being good to the earth and to people.
Find a shady spot under an ancient oak tree and tuck into a farm-fresh picnic. In your basket, you will find our favourites such as a Vadas baguette and a selection of gourmet salads. To complete the meal, there's a lemon thyme panna cotta with suurvygie preserve.
Available daily at R295pp. Book on Dineplan.
Food Garden Inspired Set Menu
Enjoy a seasonal set menu of healthy, farm-to-table goodness right from our garden. It doesn’t get fresher than this. Each couple will take home a Yellowwood tree grown by our Tree-preneurs.
Spier Hotel Restaurant
2 courses: R195pp | 3 courses: R285pp. Served daily, except on Sundays. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 021 809 1100.
Sunday Harvest Lunch
There’s little better than celebrating Sundays with friends and family, so eat, drink and be merry with our unique take on classic farmhouse fare. Served family-style at the table and made using seasonal produce from the farm, this menu changes weekly. The feast commences with farm-baked breads and our own Food Garden’s vegetable soup. For mains: Expect a roast with all the trimmings, a traditional pie and a decadent selection of our homegrown vegetable dishes. Remember to save room for dessert! Each couple will take home a Yellowwood tree grown by our Tree-preneurs.
Spier Hotel Restaurant
R295 per adult | R140 for kids between 4 and 12. Served on 3 & 10 October from 12h30 - 15h00. To book, email email@example.com or call 021 809 1100.
Food Garden Chef’s platter
Spier Food Garden provides fresh produce while PJ Vadas serve up the tasty treats. Join Vadas smokehouse & bakery for a deliciously seasonal vegetarian platter.
Available daily at R195pp. Book on Dineplan.
Book your Stay at Spier Hotel
Use the promo code GARDENWEEK when you book your stay directly on www.spier.co.za and receive a 10% discount on our Best Available Rate, as well as a complimentary indigenous, low maintenance and water-wise succulent planted in a repurposed eco cup, with love from our Tree-preneurs.
Valid for stays between 30 September and 10 October 2021.