Tokara Rare Plant Fair and Autumn Open Garden 2023

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The morning sun filters through the morning mist on the lawns of Tokara Wine Estate near Stellenbosch. umbrella;

Experience Tokara in all its autumn splendour when this acclaimed Stellenbosch family wine and olive estate opens its extensive farm garden to the public for the annual Rare Plant Fair on Saturday, 22 April 2023.

Meander through tranquil walks dotted with sculptures by local artists while taking in the magnificent vistas over the large garden dam. The dedicated indigenous garden, textures in the cork oak forest and the fresh scents wafting from the terraces of the picking garden will captivate all the senses.

The latest addition to the farm’s inspiring collection of natural marvels is the indigenous Adamastor Moss Garden. The serene space inspired by ancient gardens of Zen Buddhist monks, is 100% local with all the rocks and moss originating within a few kilometres away. Created by international moss gardener Gert van Tonder, it shares the beauty, humility and harmony of the Zen gardens of Japan, yet is quintessentially Tokara. As the moss garden takes shape, you can see how local sandstone and granite blend with indigenous mosses and fynbos to recreate the ambiance of an ancient Japanese garden.

Other enchanting secrets worth discovering are the inspiring vegetable garden, wetlands and the gurgling mountain stream flowing into soothing lily ponds.

The wide variety of plants on sale from indigenous flora such as fynbos and proteas to the more exotic, will appeal to all garden enthusiasts. Besides coffee and other refreshments, Tokara will be well represented with their elegant wines and award winning extra virgin olive oils.

The Tokara Rare Plant Fair and Autumn Open Garden 2023 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 or email Email Karin Alant at for enquiries regarding the Rare Plant Fair.

Diary listing information:

Date:               Saturday, 22 April 2023

Time:              08h00 – 16h00

Tickets:           R50 per adult 

Venue:           Tokara Wine and Olive Farm, Helshoogte Pass, Stellenbosch


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