Babylonstoren’s hands-on workshops are hosted by experts and are a great way to try your hand at new skills.

Starting with a walk through the garden, it is usually a full-day affair with lunch under the oak trees at the Greenhouse Restaurant or The Bakery.

Get funky with fermentation.

5 May 2021 l 10am – 3pm

Now recognised for its numerous health benefits, gut-loving ferments have long been a way to preserve foods. As awareness of the bacterial composition of our bodies continues to grow, fermented foods and beverages are making a huge comeback, transforming from a few bottles of pickles in our grandmother’s cupboard to a hip-and-funky trend featured in upmarket restaurants and on the pages of glossy food magazines.

Become part of this revival as kombucha brew mistress Kari Doorduin shares her passion for making fermented beverages and gives you the chance to start making your own in the comfort of your own kitchen. Presented by Kari Doorduin.

Lunch at the Bakery is included.

Broaden your gardening horizons with indigenous trees.

12 May 2021 l 10am – 3pm

Come and spend the day with Ernst van Jaarsveld, our resident botanist and tree expert, as he guides you through the diversity of trees in various Southern African ecosystems, including the highveld, bushveld, and subtropical coast, coastal Karoo, Namib and fynbos biome. Together you will explore the cultivation of trees at Babylonstoren and their use in the garden, how they are propagated from seed and cuttings, as well as how to combat typical pests and diseases. Presented by Ernst van Jaarsveld and the garden team.

Lunch at the Greenhouse Restaurant is included.

Combat garden pests, naturally

19 May 2021 l 10am – 3pm

Toss out the pesticides! Our botanist Ernst van Jaarsveld and entomologist Arné Stander will teach you how to plan a garden ecosystem that encourages predatory birds, insects, spiders and other garden animals to restore the balance in your garden – the way nature intended. Presented by Ernst van Jaarsveld & Arné Stander.

Lunch at the Greenhouse Restaurant is included.

Spotting birds at Babylonstoren

26 May 2021 l 10am – 3pm

Bring your binoculars and gumboots and join us for a walk through the garden to spot some of our feathered friends. At Babylonstoren we have more than 70 species through the seasons – from the nocturnal barn owl to the gregarious mousebird – and as the garden grows, more and more birds are attracted to visit or stay. Come and get to know your local birds and learn how to invite them into your own garden.

Brunch at the Greenhouse Restaurant is included.

Presented by Arné Stander

Workshops costs R700 per person. For more information visit