October 2011 Outing


Old Nectar, Jonkershoek
Time: 10h00
Cost: R50

It is a great privilege to visit Old Nectar at this time of the year when the roses will still be in bloom and Una van der Spuy, the owner, will show us around her famous garden and also inside her home which was built in 1814 on the farm Nectar, dating back to the late 1600’s.

General and Mrs van der Spuy bought the farm in 1942 and the garden is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful in South Africa. It is a national monument.

In 2009 ‘’Old Nectar, A Garden for All Seasons’’ was published and this superb book is illustrated with over 200 of her magnificent photographs.

Since 25 people can be accommodated at the cost of R50 each, additional tours are being arranged on either Wednesday 26 or Sunday 30 October – starting at 10h00.

Andre van Graan will lead us on 22 October and later take us to Lanzerac, which is also one of the oldest farms in the Jonkershoek Valley. Bring along a picnic and a camera.

Take your favourite route to Stellenbosch and turn either left or right depending on whether you come on the N1 or N2 – into Merriman.
Follow Merriman until it runs into Martinson and then into Jonkershoek ( +-1/2 km after Morkel, on right). Just after this you pass a turning to Lanzerac on your right.
Continue along Jonkershoek, past Neil Ellis wine estate (on left), and then after a bend in the road, you will see the turn off to Old Nectar, also on your left, and about 3.5 km from Lanzerac.
There is very limited parking so it is essential to double up in cars. Please do heed this request.