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Babylonstoren historic Cape Dutch farm

by Diana Studer - gardening for biodiversity in Cape Town, South Africa
After 42 years at Kirstenbosch where he was curator of the Conservatory, Ernst van Jaarsveld, who studies plants that grow on cliffs, has retired to Babylonstoren (owned by Karen Roos former editor of Elle Decoration and Koos Bekker CEO Naspers)

A wicker eye across the lotus pond from the grape arbour. Kitchen garden started in 2007 by Patrice Tarravella from the Loire Valley. Inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the original Company's Garden in Cape Town - as Sir William Temple wrote in 1685 - 'divided into four quarters with long and cross walks - orange, lemon, lime and citron trees - with plants native to Europe, Asia, Africa and America'.

Paths which seem to wander at random spell out Babylons in lavender, across the avenue is toren (= tower) in spekboom hedge. To be read from a small plane ... or on Google Earth!

Car park is shaded by grape arbours. Lawn substitute is Roman camomile. Orc…

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