The garden of Babylonstoren. Often likened to the biblical Garden of Eden, Babylonstoren is more than just a farm: it is a sustainable wonderland infused with charm, personality and history. And now, with the release of The Garden of Babylonstoren, you needn’t head to the Drakenstein Valley of the Cape Winelands to see it. As the book’s foreword so succinctly puts it, ‘This visually stunning tribute covers every aspect of the 3.5ha garden: its design, Cape Dutch history, plants, cultivation methods and the people behind it all’
The Garden of Babylonstoren begins with a brief history of the land and farm, outlining how it has adapted to environmental changes and evolved since it was first granted to Dutch burgher Pieter van der Byl in 1692. Author Franchesca Watson eloquently describes the efforts that went into making the farm the Babylonstoren we know and love today, providing insight, clarity and lesser-known facts that help paint a picture of the garden as a whole.