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Pick Your Own Roses at Cape Town’s Chart Farm 

When the pace of city life starts to wear on Capetonians, a favorite escape is to the beautiful rolling hills of the Constantia Valley. In summer, those seeking to commune with nature make a beeline to Chart Farm where they have the opportunity to cut their own roses. The rose garden of this suburban farm is planted on the gentle slopes of Cape Town’s Wynberg Hill with a wide, green view across the Constantia Valley. Vineyards and fig trees meet the garden’s southeastern border, and a Sir Herbert Baker-designed homestead presides over the garden to the north. Statuesque palms and stately Magnolia grandiflora trees convey a sense of vintage tranquillity. It’s an insider’s escape for city dwellers. Besides yielding a beautiful bouquet, the pick-your-own approach doubles as immersive horticultural therapy, deeply appealing in our digitally powered lives.