One of our favourites has something exciting to share! Spier’s new outdoor garden and workshop space is the latest addition to the beautiful estate and I’m so excited to tell you all about it!
The historic Stellenbosch wine farm is opening a fun, beautiful and safe outdoor space called the Elemental Play Garden, a spot where families can play, explore and relax together. The garden is right next to Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery and Spier Farm Café, ensuring that there’s something to do for everyone.
More about the Elemental Play Garden
Landscape architects, Ed Brooks and Danielle Croly, conceptualised the space that is divided into four quadrants, representing the four elements: water, air, fire and earth. The team used local artisans and materials and focused on planting only indigenous plants, which I love!
The quadrants are divided by a waterway that symbolises the “Fibonacci Sequence” – a set of numbers where each number is the sum of the two preceding ones. This might sound very scientific, but many natural patterns also follow this rule. Think about the spiral shape of a seashell, the arrangement of leaves on a branch, or the petals of daisies and sunflowers. Isn’t it amazing how this phenomenon can be translated into the construction of such a stunning space?
The garden is completed by a slide that is landscaped into earth mounds, a tunnel to crawl through, a Charl Conradie wind sculpture and a swing bridge. And, of course, in our beautiful summer sun, the kids are free to splash in the waterway as well.
Workshops for kids
This summer, the Elemental Play Garden will host a range of workshops for kids on Saturday mornings. The workshops are also centred around the four elements and have been developed to entertain kids and teach them new skills. The workshops start at 09:30 and cost just R100 (they’ll last about an hour).
Here are the details:
1. MAKE A FIRE, AND COOK WITH IT
In the garden’s Fire quadrant, Farm Café’s Chef Hennie will teach the kids how to build the perfect fire. They will then make their own stokbrood, braai a sosatie and finish with the most delicious s’mores. Everything will be done with his guidance, but they suggest that this one is appropriate for kids between 8 and 14.
When: Saturday 7 and 28 November
2. CREATE YOUR OWN KITE
In the Wind quadrant, kids will listen to a story about a beautiful breeze before letting their imaginations soar by creating their very own kite to take home. All ages from 8 to 14 are welcome. When: Saturday 14 November, 5 December
3. BUSY BEES, BIRDS AND OTHER CRITICAL CRITTERS
As kids explore the Earth and Water quadrants, Spier’s very own gardening guru, Megan McCarthy, will explain the important role that bees and other critters play in the garden. The kids will then learn how to make an insect house and make their very own bird feeder to take home. For kids aged between 6 and 12.
When: Saturday 21 November, 12 December
All COVID-19 precautions are in place and a maximum of 12 kids are permitted per workshop. So, I suggest you book your/their spot on Dineplan or www.spier.co.za.
See you there!