After a particularly bad week (and month, if I’m honest), I was looking for a fun, outdoorsy solo activity to lift my spirits. While hunting, I kept coming back to Jamestown Flower Farm. Newly opened, this Stellenbosch flower farm allows visitors to order bouquet arrangements and better still, to pick their own flowers!
The more I mulled it over, the more appealing it looked. I mean, what better way to cheer oneself up than picking your own flowers at the scenic Jamestown Flower Farm?
In this photo essay, I will detail some of my personal highlights from my flower picking experience. This fun outing is wholly safe, as all necessary COVID-19 protocols are in place.
There was even hand sanitiser available on-site and all visitors and staff kept their masks on. Naturally, social distancing is made especially easy on a farm plot too!
Jamestown Flower Farm Opens in Stellenbosch
Started by owner, Wendy Attwell, and her two helpers, Boston and Lenny during lockdown, in November 2020, this still-new flower farm is a fine addition to the Western Cape.
In end-November 2020, their very first blooms went on sale – and not long after, they opened the farm up to visitors for fun flower picking.
While most farmers in the area go in for vegetables or strawberries, this farm – some four kilometres outside Stellenbosch, in historic Jamestown – promises something new… and dare I say it, bloomin’ lovely. 🙂
I also like how it has both the peacefulness of Jamestown, while still being close to Stellenbosch, making in central.
At present, Wendy and her small, yet capable team are experimenting with their blooms to see what grows well on the plot and what sells best at market. So keep an eye on them as they expand and grow… literally! 🙂
Flower Picking at Jamestown Flower Farm: Need to Know Info
When you go to pick your own flowers at the scenic Jamestown Flower Farm, there are some important things you need to keep in mind before visiting. These are as follows:
- Tickets can be booked online via the Jamestown Flower Farm website. (This was a seamless process that took me a few seconds. Upon completion, I was emailed a PDF copy of my ticket.)
- Each ticket costs R60 and includes 20 flower stems. After you have your 20, you pay R3 per stem for any extra stems thereafter.
- Tickets may be limited so it is perhaps best to try book at least the night before your visit. (I booked on the day of my visit – but tickets were selling fast!)
- For a single ticket (R60), yourself and three friends can enjoy picking flowers together. This is because your friends do not require their own ticket to pick with you. This is especially handy for friends or families visiting together.
- Pack along your own bucket to safely transport your flowers home in. If you do not have your own bucket, you can purchase one from Jamestown Flower Farm at R50 per bucket.
- Scissors for clipping flower stems are supplied by Jamestown Flower Farm. (You can sanitise these beforehand if you like – or bring your own with if you prefer.)
- Upon arrival, you will need to present proof of your ticket. I just showed owner Wendy mine on my phone so don’t worry about printing it out. Just have it handy.
- IMPORTANT: As of 18 January 2021, flower picking days for the public will be on Saturdays and Sundays only, from 08:00 am -13:00 pm.
Picnic Events, Ready-Made Bouquets and More
- Staff are able to assist and guide you as needed. If you are pressed for time, the staff can suggest a ‘pick-your-own’ experience for you. And if you are keen to know what blooms you are picking, Wendy is your go-to lady.
- In addition to the pick-your-own experience – the farm also sometimes sells ready-made bunches. These can be bought on Saturdays, from 09:00 am – 12:00 pm for R50, from the sidewalk at 57 Webersvallei Road, Jamestown, Stellenbosch. Please note: Ready-made bunches work on a first come, first serve basis.
- The farm may have limited picking days but happily, orders and collections can be pre-arranged for any day of the week!
- Jamestown Flower Farm also offers a 22-seater picnic spot on the Blaauwklippen river. The picnic area is made available to clients for exclusive flower picking and picnic events. Contact the farm directly for bookings and pricings.
- Remember, the flowers are seasonal so varieties for picking may vary. For some of the present featured flowers, check out their website or contact them directly.
Arriving at Jamestown Flower Farm
As I mentioned earlier, this is a safe activity for young and old to enjoy. Even during COVID-19 times.
The whole time I was there, I scarcely even passed another person while cutting my blooms, as they were farther off in the flower beds hunting for their own.
As far as I saw, everyone also kept their masks on while picking so I felt extremely safe.
When I arrived, I was immediately greeted by owner Wendy, who made this effort for all guests.
She explained that, as I already had a bucket with me, I just needed scissors (these are supplied, if you don’t bring your own with) and some water.
As part of my ticket, I was entitled to 20 stems. Thereafter, each additional stem would cost R3 per stem.
On-site, they were also selling still or sparkling drinking water and non-alcoholic beers. As a thoughtful gesture, there was also free, sliced water melon, which guests were welcome to enjoy.
Please note: For security reasons, Jamestown Flower Farm, is a cashless facility. Use your card or have SnapScan or Zapper downloaded for use.
Losing Yourself in a Field of Flowers
Once I had all the pertinent details and had presented my ticket to Wendy, I was free to enter.
With my bucket and scissors in hand, I began going from one line to the next, admiring the flowers.
At first, it’s a bit overwhelming trying to decide what you wish to pick (at least it was for me) but once you get into it, it becomes great fun.
I mostly went for the same type of flowers (gorgeous zinnias) but there is plenty to choose from!
Once I had carefully counted out my 20 stems, I then enjoyed exploring the rest of the farm.
A short walk transported me to a pretty, peaceful pond, a forested area (so still that you feel like it’s just you and the birds around) and finally, the beautiful picnic spot, near Blaauwklippen river.
Leaving with a Bucketful of Blooms
After the heat out in the flower fields (it’s virtually all in the sun – but there is some shade to be found here and there among the flowers), the cool shade of the forested area and riverside picnic spot was most welcome.
Satisfied with my exploring, I went to the staff for counting, my now-colourful bucket brimming with flowers.
After this, the staff also kindly tied my flowers into a pretty bouquet and attached a Jamestown Flower Farm tag, with all the necessary contact details handy.
Thereafter, with my sense of calm and giddy happiness restored, it was time to head back to Cape Town – with my flower haul buckled in alongside me for company on the journey home.
I found this to be one of the most fun, outdoorsy experiences that I have enjoyed to date and can strongly recommend visiting Jamestown Flower Farm for this amazing outing.
It’s such a treat to immerse yourself in the gardens, carefully choose and cut your own flowers and return home with such a beautiful haul. 🙂
I mainly left with zinnias (my new favourite flower after this flower picking experience!), with some Queen Ann’s Lace, antirrhinum, scabious and corn cockle for a little variety.
As you can see, it definitely left me brimming with happiness and made a hard week worthwhile, after all.
Thank you to Jamestown Flower Farm for this fun, safe offering and for their excellent, friendly and helpful staff, who add to the overall experience.
My General Observations about Jamestown Flower Picking
- It is advisable to generously apply sunscreen before visiting. You may even want to wear a hat or cap, as it can get very hot picking on the farm, especially during summertime.
- I think it would be best to wear flat or closed-in shoes, as you are walking through a garden.
- To find the farm, simply enter ‘Jamestown Flower Farm’ into Google Maps or Waze. It was easy to find with the navigational system. Otherwise, you can find them at 57 Webersvallei Road, Jamestown, Stellenbosch. Just keep an eye out for their signage!
- There is limited parking inside the farm but this is generally sufficient for the visitors.
- When picking the flowers, you can generally pick them from any of the flower beds. I found that it’s best to walk around a bit and have a look at your options first though. 🙂
- While you are hunting for flowers, don’t forget to also explore the rest of the farm. Beyond the main flower beds, you will find a pretty lawn area, a shaded, lily-covered pond (with stump benches near at hand) and the most glorious picnic setup by the river. I loved the stillness and beauty of the little forested area, where the hydrangeas bloom, and river.
- This activity would be ideal for couples, friends and families to enjoy together. You will, however, have to help kiddies with the picking because garden clippers are generally not too child-friendly. 🙂
Jamestown Flower Farm can be found at 57 Webersvallei Road, Jamestown, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa.
Tickets for the pick-your-own flower experiences can be purchased online via their website. Once successfully purchased, your ticket(s) will be emailed through to you for safekeeping.
For further information, enquiries or flower orders and sales, please contact Wendy at Jamestown Flower Farm on +27 (082) 894 6405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author: Tamlyn Ryan
Content writer by day and blogger by night, Tamlyn Ryan passionately runs her own travel blog, called Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust, from her home base of Cape Town, South Africa. And, despite a national diploma in Journalism, in her free time, Tamlyn’s preferred niche remains travel writing.
Tamlyn is a hopeless wanderer, equipped with an endless passion for road trips, carefully planned, holiday itineraries and, above all else, an innate love for the great outdoors.