Ludwig’s Rose Farm, the largest rose grower in the country, is run by Ludwig Taschner and his son who employ more than 150 people. Taschner’s rose farm has been around for almost 40 years and Ludwig’s is now a household name when talking roses in South Africa and further afield.
The “mother” nursery, north of Tshwane, is a spectacle of more than 1 000 roses in bloom.
Today, with more than 25 growers from all over the world working with him, Taschner annually tests hundreds of new varieties to see how they withstand our local climate. From these, a selection of new varieties is named and released every year.
Taschner came to South Africa from East Germany in 1960 and established his now famous rose farm, Ludwig’s Roses, shortly after his arrival. As a young man he had worked in nurseries in West Germany, Switzerland and in England, where he started to specialise in rose growing.
Just Joey, Burning Sky, Casanova, Esther Geldenhuys, Germiston Gold, Rainbow Nation, Madiba and South Africa are the names of just a few of Ludwig Taschner’s propagated rose varieties. His first catalogue in 1975 offered only 180 varieties. Today that number exceeds the 1 000 variety mark. All are unique in colour, fragrance and growth habit and have established their grower as a world-renowned nurseryman.
Taschner changed the face of rose growing by propagating plants in containers, thus offering plants for sale all year round. Previously, pruned, bare-rooted plants were only available in the winter months.
The Spiced Coffee Restaurant is open every day except Christmas Day from Monday to Friday 08:30-17:00, and Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 09:00-17:00. Here you can enjoy breakfasts, light lunches and tea and cake. You can also shop for gifts in the boutique which is dedicated to celebrating the beauty of the rose. Children will enjoy the playground located near the restaurant.
Taschner, always willing to share his knowledge and passion for roses, offers talks and hosts annual events. These include pruning demonstrations and soil and planting workshops.
Open daily 08:00–17:00. Closed Dec 25.
Take the N1 Polokwane highway going north. Turn off at the Wallmanstahl/Pyramid off-ramp, No 163. Turn right over the highway, when you reach the gravel road take the first right and follow the road to Ludwig’s.