Western Cape Rose Society

How We've Bloomed . . .

This beautiful rose garden is an iconic part of the Durbanville area. It was established in 1979 as an initiative of the Western Cape Rose Society under the auspices of Mr and Mrs Lindner, and the then Durbanville Municipality.  

The flamboyance of colour contrasts with the peaceful feel of the Durbanville Rose Garden, which is set in the areas wine region.  

Most of the original roses were donated by rose enthusiasts at the time. 

Part of the garden is located on land which was donated by the Schabort Family and originally formed part of the original Old Eversdal Estate.  The rose garden now encloses the Schabort family burial ground and memorial. 

The clay soil on the east facing slope provides thriving terrain for the blossoms. A stroll under the gazebo and past the rockery is a soothing experience, with Sunday afternoon tea being served in the clubhouse from October through to May.  

This world class rose garden is one of only three trial rose gardens in the Southern Hemisphere, serving as a global rose nursery for young roses. 

Six full-time council gardeners tend to the roses throughout the year and they are assisted by volunteers from the Friends of the Rose Garden. The members of this non-profit organisation assist with the dead heading and pruning in the garden. 

Public picking of roses is not permitted, but pruning demonstrations are given twice a year.  

The Rose Garden Boasts 

  • 3.5 Hectares of Land 
  • 500 Varietals 
  • 4500 Rose Bushes 
  • Hybrid Teas 
  • A gazebo that includes the 'Fairest Cape' rose 
  • A Tea Room
  • Beds of Medal Winners 
  • Antique roses
  • Floribundas 
  • Climbers and Shrubs  

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