Old Nectar Gardens
Set among the magnificent sandstone mountains ranges of the Jonkershoek valley, 7km from the centre of Stellenbosch, the Old Nectar gardens are the creation of Una van der Spuy, the doyen of South African gardening. Una created these gardens during the 71 years that Old Nectar was her home; from 1941 to her death in 2012, aged 100. The gardens at Old Nectar extend over two hectares, comprising of a collection of individual garden areas, each with its own character; the Front garden, the Rose garden, the Pergola garden, Kennie’s Bench garden, the Waterfall garden, the Millstone terrace and the newly developed Indigenous garden and Woodland terrace garden. These gardens are set among 200-year oak trees.
- Noteworthy to all visitors are the variety of trees in the Old Nectar gardens; other than the oak trees, every tree in these gardens was planted by Una over a period of more than 70 years; they include redwood, elm, copper beech, chorisia, Lombardy poplar, liquidambar, magnolia, Cape chestnut, maple, flowering peach, flowering plum and prunus trees.