7 Best Garden Film and Photoshoot Locations in Cape Town

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Shoot My House is the top Filming and Still Shoots company in Cape Town. We manage many of the best garden film and photoshoot locations in Cape Town and the Western Cape.

The glorious rains we experience in the winter of 2019 and the subsequent rise in dam and water table levels have meant that our beautiful gardens can once again flourish. Merriam Webster defines a garden as a plot of land where herbs, fruits, flowers or vegetables are cultivated. But, to my mind, a great garden is more than that. It feeds the soul. It provides sanctuary, refuge from the harshness of the outside world. It is A place for harnessing nature’s energy and refueling before launching out again into the fray!

Gardens in Cape Town that Reflect Homeowners Personalities

We have put together a little compilation of some of our favourite gardens. They are as different from each other as it's possible to be. Each one speaks to the homeowner’s personality and is an extension of what is important and beautiful to them. Often left to their own devices and largely ignored or undervalued, gardens can, and often are, nothing more than a patch of lawn with a few shrubs planted around the border with precious little thought to what a garden can say about the people who live at that address. Not so with these beautiful gardens.

Forest Zen: Magnificent Tiered Garden Perfect for Still Photo Shoots

Forest Zen uses the plot specifics to dictate the layout of the garden. With a beautiful little stream running right through the middle of the property the owner has cleverly used a series of wooden walkways and platforms to create useable spaces above the water and to link both sides of the garden. The result is a garden that is peaceful, calming and that is an extension of the owner’s philosophy. Forest Zen is currently available for still shoots.

Forest Zen in Newlands Cape Town. Beautiful Garden Photoshoot Location
Forest Zen Newlands Cape Town. Notice the stream running through the beautiful garden.

Dawn 777: Garden Styled to Enhance Constantia Mountain Views

Dawn 777’s garden overlooks the majestic Constantiaberg mountains and the awesomeness of that would be marred by large trees on the periphery, so they have opted for indigenous vegetation that hugs the earth and have created wooden walkways through the indigenous garden. The garden is further adorned with magnificent sculptures. Directly in front of the house is an area of the finest greenest lawn you ever saw which caters to playing kids and outdoor functions. A boxed vegetable garden to the side of the house is presided over by a large-scale sculpture. Dawn 777 is a popular stills and film location in Constantia, Cape Town.

Dawn 777 in Constantia in Cape Town is one of Shoot My House prime garden film and photoshoot locations in Cape Town
Dawn 777 Cape Town with its finest green lawn. Notice the magnificent sculptures and wooden walkways.

Midnight in The Garden: Traditional Style Rose Garden in Somerset West

Midnight In The Garden in Somerset West is available for still shoots
Midnight in the Garden in Somerset West is available for Still Shoots.

Midnight in The Garden in Somerset West is a part of a larger farm. The owner's love of all things roses is very apparent within this garden. A more traditional style garden with a huge lawn running up to the manor house, beds of roses adorn both sides of the lawn and a magnificent dedicated walled-in rose garden presides over the back garden. They have used large trees including cypresses to demarcate the garden areas from the rest of the farm with its acres of vineyards beyond. Book Midnight in The Garden wine estate in Somerset West today and take advantage of its magnificent garden for your still shoot.

Angels View: Garden and House with Italian Feel a Stellenbosch Favorite

Angels View has a distinct Italian feel to the house and the garden with its water features including ponds and its Cyrus trees. Again, a love of roses is clearly visible in this garden which utilizes garden “rooms” to create interest and secret areas. Terraces have also been used to create interest. Lavender, roses, masses of plantings of Agapanthus abound. Beautiful arched walkways with gravel pathways add to the romanticism of this garden. There is a riot of colour in this garden of many flowers. Angels View in Stellenbosch near Cape Town is a real gem and available for both film and photoshoots.

Angels View in Stellenbosch. Beautiful Garden film and photoshoot location.
Angels View Stellenbosch. Gravel paths add to the romanticism of this garden.

Heatherfield: Masterfully Shaped and Structured Town Garden in Tamboerskloof

To complement the very traditional home which dominates the property at Heatherfield, and because of the relatively small size of the garden, the owners have opted for a garden that has a lot of structure and utilizes hedging and shaped bushes to create interest and define areas as separate from each other. In amongst this structure are plantings of more unstructured elements like free climbing creepers. Rather than colour the garden design has concentrated on shape and structure in this beautifully considered town garden. Heatherfield is a classic property in Tamboerskloof Cape Town that is available for still shoots.

Heatherfield in Tamboerskloof in Cape Town with its structured and shaped garden avalable for still shoots.
Heatherfield in Tamboerskloof with its structured and shaped that compliments the traditional property

Toulouse: Beautiful Italian and French Style Farm Garden Overlooking Stellenbosch Valley

Toulouse, by contrast, is a large farm garden. A gentle nod to Italian and French style is apparent in this garden. The garden looks down into the Stellenbosch valley in all its magnificence and again the design takes this overwhelming view into account.

Large areas of grass are cut into with lush and almost overgrown flower beds bursting with colour and texture. Large rounded hedging creates interest and whimsy in this abundant garden. The vegetation seems to be bursting out of everywhere in this magical garden. Repetition is used to great effect in order to hold all the various aspects of the garden together in a cohesive whole. Toulouse is a delightful home on Waterford estate.

Toulouse in Stellenbosch is available as photoshoot and film location
Garden at Toulouse looking down into the Stellenbosch Valley. Notice the rounded hedging that creates interest in this magnificent garden.

Southern Belle: Colourful Suburban Garden in Constantia creates Movement and Interest

A more suburban garden is that of Southern Belle in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. The home is a traditional Cape Dutch building, so it is only fitting that a large oak tree has pride of place in front of the verandah. The owner has created a lovely garden room using a red brick wall with a round keyhole within it. This clever detail tricks the mind into imagining a mirror in the garden where there is none. The wide beds of this garden are planted full of repeated colourful shrubs and flowers that flower at different times of the year. Playing with varying heights and Texture creates movement and interest in this tranquil refuge. Southern Belle is an awesome family home often used for film and photoshoots in Cape Town.

Southern Belle is an awesome family home often used for film and photoshoots in Cape Town
Southern Belle is a wonderful suburban garden in Cape Town.

The Glasshouse at Le Jardin

Le Jardin - A Wonderland in Stellenbosch

Step into a bygone era, a wonderland where time stands still. Current owners, Sue and Bernard, bought this expansive Stellenbosch property almost two decades ago,and with the help of architect Gerrit van der Wolf, transformed it into a fun and exciting land to be explored by child and adult alike.

The elegant Sir Herbert Baker style house is reminiscent of an era when life was slower, lunches were languid and everyone played croquet!

Apart from the work on the main house, Gerrit was commissioned with building a glass house, a sort of 'ode, to Bernard's love of old fashioned conservatories.'

True to the whimsical feeling of this location, a huge, ancient oak, bursts through the top of the glass roof,as though the 'Alice' of this story.

Beautiful, rolling, manicured lawns roll up to the buildings- and lead to pathways surrounded by foliage and interspersed with beautiful Alice in Wonderland characters, fashioned by Streetwise. Follow the paths and you end up on the wooden decking overlooking an eco dam. The Manor House at  is surrounded by lavender fields and rose gardens. Tree walks and a kiddies zipline add further delight to this magnificent property.A most beautiful and magical location for both film and stills shoots.

  • Glass house conservatory at LE JARDIN
 

 

 


Your Own mini meadow in the city. Magnificent!

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Inspired by all things English today thanks to another royal wedding - plus just love the idea of a meadow in the city. Gravel paths also such a great idea to keep our gardens waterwise and they have a certain romanticism about them that is just so gorgeous.


Outdoor room ideas

Borrowed directly from Houzz - here are some great outdoor room ideas as the Northern hemisphere heads into summer. Down South we're hunkering down for what we hope will be a wet wet winter in Cape Town but in the meantime we'll be dreaming and planning that outdoor area for when the days get longer again and the sun gets higher.

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A Home What really matters - Flowers

A very very wise man once said that "After women, flowers are the most lovely thing that God has given the world" Well thank you Mr Dior, there is no doubt you are very astute and that we are very lovely indeed, but enough about us girls and more about flowers...
Flowers uplift any space and take it from drab and lifeless to beautiful without airs and graces - bunches of flowers can be simple or extremely sophisticated depending on the occassion and the personality of the floweree (new word meaning person who has the flowers in their space)  The current trends toward less structured arrangements and toward field flowers and arrangements in monotone or "dirty" colours, using flowers only locally grown are all exciting trends to look at. so lets look already and stop gabbing.
These are the top trends for 2017 according to Country Living

  1. Dahlias - with so many varieties Dahlias can be very versatle and are hugely popular right now. The most popular colours this year being dusty pinks, peaches and cream and creamy colours. Here they are mixed with Peonies my absolute favourite flowers.

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2. Hanging Arrangements - to be seen EVERYWHERE these are so magnificent - everything from hanging hoops to elaborate rectanglar constructions, deconstructed hanging air plants - these are such big news and lift the eye creating so much space. To be seen in the magnificent Babylonstoren wedding venues - they are a super hot trend and hopefully will be for a long time to come.


3. Farm Fresh Flowers - Like the food to table trend in fresh produce we're seeing the same trend in flowers, with local varietes that do not have to travel great distances being the preferred blooms.  It seems illogical to trade a massive carbon footprint for cut flowers that are already 5 days old at least when you buy them. This means we're looking at locally sourced varieties that are seasonal. A refreshing and earth friendly trend!
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4. Red Wine Hues  - Lots of deep wine tones to be seen in arrangements from cabernet to pinot noir and burgendy which all couple nicely with more delicate jewelled tones and softer pastels.

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5. Tropical Plants and Green Arrangements - we have seen a huge increase this year in stills companies requesting tropical plant locations and everywhere we're seeing enormous vases filled entirely and to great effect with Elephant Ears or delicious monster leaves. Tall architectural fronds of Arumlilies are also magnificent in oversized simple glass vases. Simple, and yet they create such a statement AND they last for weeks with minimal requirements except water and to be kept out of direct sunlight.
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6. Green arrangements - following on from this is the trend toward arrangements made solely of foliage. keeping costs down substantially you can make stuning arranagement with plants such a slaender, rosemary, olive branches as well as lots of wonderful varieties of fynbos if you're lucky enough to live in the Cape.


7. Muddy Colours - Arrangements in toned down muddy, " dirty" colours continue to be popular and counter balance with the softer buttery hues that are also big news this year as well as the stunning Dusty rose which is a toned down version of the soft pastel pink.Magnificent in roses and peonies.

8. Combining Sculptural vegetable elements with flowers and foliage - Beautiful artichoke heads, Turnips, red cabage, Kale combined with more traditional flowers and foliage make a remarkable arrangement.


Dying for A Drink

Its hot in Africa. Everyone knows that. Even if you still wrongly assume that Lions roam the streets, pretty much everyone knows it gets hot here. Well its summer and not only is it hot but it is dry in South Africa. Sadly for us we are now in a drought cycle. Our dams are very very low and water restrictions are very strict. In Cape Town we're on level 3 water restrictions. For those of us with gardens - That means you are allowed to water your garden 3 days a week by hand. That means with buckets or watering cans ONLY - no irigation systems, hosepipes, sprinklers or any other devise that doesnt involve some seriously heavy lifting, and of course you get penalised with very high bills should your water consumption be above a certain amount of kilolitres.

what it has done, which can only be a positive thing, (and i guess we need to learn the lessons and see the positives in what adversities throw at us) is that it has conscientised us to how much water we "waste" on a daily basis and how we can better utilise our resources and maximise them.  For a while now I have thought about the idea of replumbing so that bath, shower, washing machine water can be collected and used to irrigate plants and lawn. Suddenly its a necessity and so going forward it will become the norm - drought or no drought. Whole industries have sprung up to cater for this reality / necessity. What it also necessitates is changing the products that we use so that they are eco friendly and plant friendly. Harsh detergents are going to be a bit of a no no on the roses right?  Nothing wrong with that tweak either. And so nature guides us to rethink and to green up - she's a clever lady!!screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-6-04-13-am

We also need to look at water wise planting as an alternative to the English country garden and look to the wonderous indigenous plants on offer locally that are spectacular. Lawn is a real undisputed standard in south african gardens but the point is it was brought by the British who have year round rain in abundance whereas we have well less than half their rainfall and its seasonal. Grass is great for kids and animals to play on but its worth considering smaller, more highly structured areas of lawn perhaps that becomes a strong design feature. Keith Kirsten suggests replacing areas of lawn with meadow type gardens.

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Another important consideration is the use of waterwise plants such as grey leafed plants. Plants with hairs on leaves and stems, waxy cuticles, bulbs and tubers, dormancy at certain times of the year, smaller leaves. reduced plant size, plants with fleshy leaves like aloes, ground covers and plants with very volatile oils (like lavender). The choices here are immense and actually very exciting.

There is so much that can aid in water retention in a garden. Mulching, the process of covering soil and roots of plants with broken down bark and garden trimmings in order to protect from excessive evaporation, is a great way to protect gardens from harsh environments. Feeding with manure is another excellent way of giving plants the boost they need to strengthen in tough conditions. just remember that if you fertilise your lawn you will need to water it deeply immediately or it will burn.

Adversity strengthens us, teaches us, makes us more resilient ultimately and so it is for our gardens. Drought is not fun but perhaps we can make the lessons it teaches us and the obstacles we have to overcome fun and exciting by being open to new ideas and new ways of thinking about our green spaces.

We would LOVE to hear what you have done to make your garden more efficient and any great tips you have and plants you'd recommend. We would love it if you would send this on to any friends that you think would enjoy the article and could benefit from it.

If you or a friend has a home, garden, office, restaurant, farm or any other interesting space that you would like to offer for stills, tv commercials, events or accommodation please don't hesistae to get hold of us or fill in a form under NEW LOCATION LISTING on our blog and we will get right back to you.

All the Best

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