Riebeek Valley Hotel's Gardens
including Heritage Roses
Location: Riebeek West
Visit and experience the beautiful gardens at the Riebeek Valley Hotel, including a large collection of Heritage Roses.
The gardens at the Riebeek Valley Hotel are a firm favourite for visitors from far and wide. The gardens boast an abundance of flowers and trees, and with a collection of over 2000 Heritage Roses, planted on the different garden terraces of the hotel, rose lovers find particular enjoyment in strolling the gardens.
Visit the hotel for breakfast or lunch, and take a stroll to explore the hotel's gardens. Their Sunday Morning Tea from 09h00 to 12h00 is a treat, but do be sure to book.
History of the Heritage Rose
Roses are amongst South Africa’s earliest settlers. Their heritage in this country spans more than three centuries, from 1 November 1659 when Jan van Riebeek picked the first rose in the Cape. These early roses were hugely popular and even put their stamp on the architecture of the time. The cornices of important buildings and homestead gables were decorated with carved buds and full-blown roses.
With the arrival of hybrid tea roses in the early 1900s the old roses went out of fashion but they never died out.
Dr Gwen Fagan, champed the survival of these historic blooms more than anyone else. For some 20 years she identified and collected old roses from cemeteries, mission villages and other hidden corners of the Cape Province and recorded their history.