Love blooms at Cape rose garden — and it’s free!

By Buziwe Nocuze

The Durbanville Rose Garden in Cape Town is inviting couples to create beautiful memories on Valentine’s Day — or any other day except Sundays.

“The good thing about the garden is that it is public,” said the facility manager, Zitobile Sikova.

“Residents don’t have to book, and they can come anytime during working hours.”

The garden is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm, and on Saturdays from 8am to 5pm, and entrance is free.

“On weekends, we get a lot of people coming from weddings to take photos in our garden, but we would love to get more people,” he said.

“Anyone can come and have a great time but no one is allowed to pick roses… We allow almost everything but not the picking of roses. We also don’t allow alcohol on our premises.”

Sikova said the garden had not had many visitors on previous Valentine’s Days because people were under the mistaken impression that there was an entrance fee. 

The clubhouse in the garden — suitable for baby showers, birthdays and similar events — can accommodate up to 60 people and is available to rent for a daily fee.

Luyolo Kiyane has been living in Cape Town for the past seven years and thought entrance to the garden cost a lot of money.

“I have always wanted to go there but I didn’t because I thought it was private. My girlfriend and I both work on the 14th of this month so I will take her there over the weekend,” he said.

Pictured above: Durbanville Rose Garden.

Image source: Buziwe Nocuze

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