With the autumnal season nearing us a step closer each day, I look into my garden with its rich colours of green and pink. Our gardens are places of joy and congregation. Also, a place of healing! Meander through tranquil walks dotted with sculptures by local artists while taking in the magnificent vistas over the large garden dam at Tokara wine estate and olive farm this autumn.

The dedicated indigenous garden, textures in the cork oak forest and the fresh scents wafting from the terraces of the picking garden will appeal to all the senses. Other enchanting secrets worth discovering are the inspiring vegetable garden, wetlands and the gurgling mountain stream flowing into soothing lily ponds. It sounds as if a pond as beautiful as Echo’s, where the flower narcissus started to grow. My gardener’s hands are so excited to touch all of the textures of this farm paradise, luckily being available to the public from the 23rd of April!

The latest addition to the farm’s inspiring collection of natural marvels is a Moss Garden created by neuroscientist and international moss gardener Gert van Tonder. The garden is 100% local with all rocks and moss originating within a few kilometres from the space that is being transformed into something that belongs at Tokara as much as it does in Japan.

The wide variety of plants on sale from indigenous flora such as fynbos and proteas to the more exotic, this popular event will appeal to all tastes. Besides coffee and other refreshments, Tokara will be well represented with their elegant wines and award winning extra virgin olive oils. We all know the excellency of Tokara’s olive oils. It’s been a decadent, rich treat to drizzle or dollop. I’m already there, and by there, I mean the place

where all the good chefs go!

Spring blossoms flower in the Tokara garden | Image courtesy of Obie Oberholzer

The Tokara Rare Plant Fair and Autumn Open Garden 2022 opens from 08h00 until 16h00. Entry for adults is R50 in aid of a local charity. Children under 10 have free entry. The Tokara Tasting Lounge, restaurants and Delicatessen will be open as usual on the Saturday. For more information on the Open Garden visit www.tokara.com or email opengarden@tokara.com. Email Karin Alant at info@rareplantfair.co.za for enquiries regarding the Rare Plant Fair.

Diary listing information:

Date:               Saturday, 23 April 2022

Time:              08h00 – 16h00

Tickets:           R50 per adult

Venue:           TOKARA wine and olive farm, Helshoogte Pass, Stellenbosch

Contact:         opengarden@tokara.com   www.rareplantfair.co.za

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