Head out to the Muldersdrift country side for a romantic day out at Avianto? They will be hosting a romantic picnic for two on the their stunning grounds at just R700 per box for two people. Just don't forget to take along your own blanket for added comfort while enjoying the picnic box delights and taking in the beautiful view Aviano has to offer. This picnic box is also available for takeaway if you have planned something special at home. This offer is available on Saturday 13 February 2021 and Sunday 14 February 2021 only. T&Cs apply.

PS. Click here for more Valentine's Weekend offers from Avianto. 

Date: Saturday 13 February 2021 and Sunday 14 February 2021.

Details: www.avianto.co.za | [email protected] | 011 668 3000 | Plot 69, R114 Driefontein Road, Muldersdrift.

Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel

For a romantic moonlit Valentine's Day picnic experience, visit the Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel in Pretoria. They will be hosting a lovely and oh-so romantic outdoor movie and picnic buffet celebration, perfect if you're looking to impress your sweetheart or cement your love with someone special. Bring a few blankets and pillows and get comfy underneath the stars in the gardens of the hotel. There will be a fantastic lineup of romantic movies to keep you and your love entertained, as well as a delightful selection of buffet-style meats, salads, starches and desserts. COVID-19 regulations apply. No mask, no entry. Movie is taking place outdoors. People will be seated 1.5m apart.

Date: Sunday, 14 February 2021 from 17:00.

Tickets cost R350 per person for the movie night experience, or R1 950 per couple for an overnight stay. Book your tickets online.

Sylvia's Market

The ever-popular Sylvia's Market in Fairmount invites you to celebrate your love at their Valentine's Teddy Bear's PicnicEntrance is FREE and you can spend your Valentine's Day indulging in tasty food, sipping on a wide variety of refreshing beverages, and shopping for the perfect gift for your Valentine. And if you have little Valentines too, they'll have a blast playing in the designated play area complete with a jungle gym. There will also be live entertainment on the day.

Date: Sunday, 14 February 2021 at 10:00 - 16:00.

Valentines day picnic

Black Eagle Hotel & Spa's Romantic Picnic For Two

Celebrate your love at Black Eagle Hotel & Spa in Poortview over Valentine's Weekend. They have a lovely collection of Valentine's Day offers waiting for you and your sweetheart. On Sunday 14 February 2021, they will be hosting a lovely Valentine's Day picnic in their gardens, perfect for couples who are looking to enjoy each other's company, out in the fresh air, embracing our lovely African summer weather. Tuck into a fab picnic basket in the garden at R650* per couple – just be sure to take along your own blanket.

Date: Sunday, 14 February 2021.

Valentine's Picnic at Bistro Dolce Vita

Looking to enjoy a chilled and relaxed Valentine's Day with your loved one? Then be sure to visit Bistro Dolce Vita in Sandton for this Valentine's Picnic. You and your sweetheart will enjoy and romantic yet relaxed day around the pool, complete with picnic blankets, baskets filled with delicious edibles, a bottle of non-alcoholic bubbly, and awesome background music to set the mood. Entrance is free, however edibles and the non-alcoholic bubbly will be charged.

Date: Sunday, 14 February 2021 from 13:00 to 17:00.

Valentine's Picnic at Shokran Wedding & Events Venue

If you'll be in Pretoria over the Valentine's Day weekend, then why not plan something special for the apple of your eye at Shokran Wedding & Events Venue? They'll be hosting a romantic picnic setting on Valentine's Day, offering a beautiful graze box with cheese, charcuterie, preserves and fruit, all artfully nestled in a box served with artisan bread and butter. Be sure to place your order before the event! On the day, you'll receive your box upon arrival and enjoy the experience in a safe outdoor setting. Take your pick from one of the following sessions:

If you'd feel more comfortable experiencing this picnic at home, you may pre-order the box as a take away.

Date: Sunday, 14 February 2021 from 09:00 to 20:00.

Romantic Picnic and Movie at Bankenveld House Guest House

Book your spot and enjoy Bankenveld House Guest House's popular romantic Valentine's Eve celebration with that special person in you life! you'll both spend the evening watching a romantic movie under the stars (bring your own blanket and camping chairs) while tucking into a delicious picnic basket for two jam-packed with yummy goodies as well as something to drink (this is part of the package). Do note that bookings are essential as space is limited. Cost is R400 per couple. Also, there will be exciting giveaway prizes up for grabs! All COVID-19 regulations will be complied. For any further information and bookings, contact Elsa at 082 378 8024.

Date: Saturday, 13 February 2021.

A Countryside Valentine's at Toadbury Hall

How does Valentine's Day out in the countryside sound? Romantic? Then why not take a look at Toadbury Hall's selection of Valentine's Day spoils. One of their delights on the most romantic day of the year is a lovely picnic on their picture-perfect grounds. The day picnic will cost R800 per couple which includes a welcome drink and picnic basket for two. Or, you can opt for the picnic package at R2 000 per couple, which will include a welcome drink, picnic basket for two, and well as B&B accommodation. Call 010 593 7523 or email [email protected] for more information and bookings. Terms & conditions apply. Bookings essential.

Date: Sunday, 14 February 2021.

Dial A Picnic

Sometimes the most romantic gesture you can make for Valentine’s Day is to ensure that you and your partner have quality time alone. Why not set up a sweet backyard picnic this year with the help of Dial a Picnic? They offer a range of picnic packages suited to almost any budget. From a simple romantic picnic, which comes with six red roses and a bright red cooler bag to keep, to a marriage proposal picnic, complete with on-hand photographers, Dial a Picnic can help you create the perfect intimate set up wherever you are. These guys know how to do Valentine’s Day right, so give them a call!

Visit their website for further details, or follow their social media pages:

Need more romantic picnic inspiration this Valentine's Day? Check out our top picnic spots in the city article!

JFF Rooftop Farm

This is not your typical plant nursery. The JFF Rooftop Farm is situated atop an arts precinct in trendy Braamfontein. They offer an array of indigenous plants, succulents, herbs and indoor plants here, as well as a quaint coffee shop and tea garden for you to enjoy. Plus the view from their terrace is simply magnificent. But be warned, there is a winding ladder you have to climb to reach the rooftop. Don't say we didn't warn you! Visit JFF Rooftop Farm for first hand gardening advice, budget prices and a one-of-a-kind plant shopping experience.

Details: (Tel) 081 768 4827 | [email protected] | 70 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

Schäfflers Nursery 

Anthony and Christine Schäffler have been at the helm of Schäfflers Nursery for 20 years. This family-run garden centre is one of our top spots to pick up herb and veggie planter trays. The staff at Schäfflers are always willing to offer their advice. If you are new to gardening, stop by here for expert tips and tricks on everything from growing your own veggie patch to complex landscaping. Oh, and don't forget to pop into their on-site garden cafe, Under The Trees. Here you will find wood-fired pizza, scrumptious cheesecake and beer on tap. What more could you ask for?

Details: (Tel) 011 786 0323 | [email protected] | 28 Johannesburg Rd, Kew, Johannesburg.


Simply Majestic Garden Centre

Moms and dads, are you in desperate need of some downtime from homeschooling and keeping the kids entertained at home? Bring them along to Simply Majestic Garden Centre in Lambton. While you browse around the nursery the little ones can play on fun rides or climb up the magical tree at the garden's edge. There is also a fantastic tea garden and restaurant here. Order a plate of their homemade scones with strawberry jam and fresh tea. You'll thank us later.

Details: (Tel) 011 827 7202 | [email protected]90 Webber Road, Lambton, Germiston.

The Herb Farm

We all need a break from the city every now and then. If you're after an escape from the hustle and bustle, take a 40-minute drive out to the Herb Farm Gardens in Midrand. While the nursery here is relatively small, their lush gardens will have you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated in no time. Take a slow stroll through the lavender and rose gardens or meander through one of the intricate mazes to find all assortments of herbs you have never even heard of before. The Herb Farm Bistro serves up an excellent family-style Sunday lunch, so be sure to plan your trip over a weekend. It's the perfect mini-getaway.

Details: (Tel) 010 447 3517 | [email protected] | 264 Summit Rd, Blue Hills, Midrand, Gauteng.

The Herb Farm.

Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery 

Our final inclusion on this list of Joburg's most fabulous garden centres is undoubtedly one of the very best. Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery is situated out in Muldersdrift, offering its visitors a tranquil countryside experience. This garden centre is all about inspiring avid gardeners to plant more indigenous flora in their flower beds. From water-saving succulents, to rocky aloes and lush grasses, Random Harvest has all you need to transform your garden. Once you've done your shopping, visit the tea garden for al fresco dining and delicious eats. Random Harvest Nursery is a definite must-visit for all gardening enthusiasts, so make your way out there as soon as you can.

Details: (Tel) 082 553 0598 | [email protected]Plot 57, Kontiki road., Muldersdrift, Gauteng.

Do you know of any other garden centres in Johannesburg? Let us know about them! 

A Herbaceous Wonderland

The Herb Farm is planted directly between Johannesburg and Pretoria, in the tranquil hills of Midrand. Taking a 40-minute drive out of the city to this manicured herb garden, bistro and nursery is well worth it. The view alone is picture-worthy, but it's the scent of the place that will have you dizzy with pleasure. A thousand different smells of healing herbs, indigenous plants and fragrant lavender greet you. Boasting over 400 herbal plants in one setting, this is a botanical gem. The architecture of the Herb Garden matches this beauty in spades. With secret spaces, mazes, climbing gardens and fountains surrounded by lush roses bushes, this is paradise if ever there was one.

Come and explore the Herb Farm's bountiful rows of corn, potatoes and other hardy vegetables. Using only the scent of their herbs as natural pesticides, The Herb Farm is able to grow ample produce. Next move on to the wonderland of mazes at the centre of the gardens. Spiraled pathways are lined with healing plants such as Echinacea and Pineapple Sage. Take a moment to stop and read all about the properties of these plants which can be found on signposts along the path. You may be surprised by what you learn!

Herb Farm

Once you have thoroughly explored the Herb Farm's gardens, make your way to the garden shop near the exit. Here, you can find nifty hanging baskets, planters and boxes for all your herbs and seedlings. The garden shop often partners with local traders to bring you a fabulous outdoor market. This market sells beautiful blooms, cacti, garden gnomes, handcrafted steel work and fertilisers. The kiddies can have a ball at the Play Yard while you browse around for all your garden and kitchen essentials.

What Goes On In The Garden?

The Herb Farm often hosts tours and workshops in their gardens. Their annual Autumn Show brings in scores of curious gardeners, cooks and herbalists. They also host cooking classes, teaching eager foodies all about the right ways to use herbs and spices in their cooking. However, possibly the biggest attraction at the Herb Farm are their High Tea events. Hosted twice a year, these afternoon high tea events highlight the spectacular versatility of herbs in an array of tasty finger foods, drinks and sweet treats, hosted at the Herb Farm Bistro, which seats 70 people under a canopy of trees.

The Herb Farm Bistro has now also introduced a High Tea For Two, hosted on the last Sunday of every month. The perfect outing for mom and daughter or old friends, this is a high tea with a difference. For only *R250 per person, you get an assortment of snacks, cakes and herbal teas to enjoy among the buzzing bees. Secure your booking via email at [email protected].

The Garden Bistro

The Herb Farm Bistro also caters romantic picnics and special occasions. Bring your loved one along for a picnic in the gardens featuring olive brie, green fig brie, White Rock, bacon, caramlised onion and peppadew quiche, hummus, cream cheese, basil and sun-dried tomato, pastrami, gypsy ham, dried fruit, crackers, ciabatta, meatballs and chicken wings! Finish off your feast with sweet date balls, lemon tart and dark chocolate. Paired with a glass or two of Pomegranate Cuvee, this is sure to win over any heart.

Alternatively, you can host your baby shower, kitchen tea or birthday party at the Herb Farm Bistro. Catering options include a 'Kuier Tafel' buffet, brunch buffet or celebration snack platter. Whichever you choose, you are bound to be wowed by the culinary ingenuity of this bistro and bar. Guests of any age are welcome too. So, bring the little ones along, as well as Mom, Dad, Granny and all your friends.

Herb Farm

The Herb Garden Bistro uses only free-range, grass fed meat and eggs, stone ground flour, locally sourced vegetables and herbs from their own garden. Their summer menu has been updated to feature a number of vegan options too. Stop by for a hearty breakfast, light lunch or casual sun downers.

For More Information

Visit the Herb Farm's website for more information. Or, you can follow them on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/HerbFarmBistroSA

Instagram - instagram.com/herbfarmbistrosa

Details: 264 Summit Rd, Blue Hills, Midrand, Gauteng | Tel: 010 447 3517 | Email: [email protected]

What Is It?

Women's Day is all about celebrating life, love and womanhood. So, come through to The Herb Farm in Midrand for a glam Girl's Day Out among the prettiest smelling plants and flowers in the city. You will be treated to a luxurious high tea at the Herb Farm Bistro, specially prepared by their first class chefs. Then, enjoy a mani-pedi pamper session and wine tasting in the gardens. Finally, learn all about the wonderful herb species grown by the farm in an informative workshop session. You will learn how to cook and dress salads with these flavoursome plants, as well as their medicinal and healing properties.

This the perfect way to relax and kick back this Women's Day, so don't miss out. All guests will receive a goodie bag at the end of the workshop and you will have the chance to pick up some of your own sweet smelling plants to take home with you. See you there!

When Is It?

Friday, 09 August 2019 at 11:00 - 14:00.

Where Is It?

The Herb Farm, 264 Summit Road, Blue Hills, Midrand, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R250 per person. Book yours by calling 010 447 3517 or emailing [email protected]

For more information

Visit their website for further details, or follow them on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/HerbFarmBistroSA

Instagram - instagram.com/herbfarmsa

What Is It?

Autumn has arrived! And you wouldn't believe it, but it's also planting season (well, those of us who aren't green thumbs wouldn't believe it). There are red, orange and brown leaves everywhere, as well as the heady scent of fresh herbs and a chill in the air. With a new season comes new ideas and inspiration, which is why you need to visit The Autumn Garden Show at The Herb Farm.

Here, you can wander around an enchanting and exclusive herb garden, filled with beautifully fragrant plants arranged in spirals, formal beds complete with statues and fountains, roses in rounds and flowering gems lining the pathways. Shop till you drop and take home top tips from gardening gurus at the free Atlantic Talks and Demos. Relax on the Tipple Terrace and bring the kids along to The Starke Ayres Kidz Zone. The Autumn Garden Show is a must, so get your tickets as soon as possible.

When Is It?

Friday, 03 April 2020 - Sunday, 05 April 2020 from 09:00 - 17:00 daily.

Where Is It?

The Herb Farm, 264 Summit Road, Bridle Park, Midrand, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R20 - R80 per person and can be purchased at Webtickets.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit their website. You can also follow event updates on the Herb Farm's Facebook page.