Van Loveren has been in the Retief family since 1937 when H P B Retief's father, who was from Paarl, bought him the land in the Robertson area.
In 1939 Hennie married Jean van Zyl. Throughout the years, Hennie and Jean planted many trees, resulting in the beautiful shady garden you see today. Many of the trees were planted to commemorate special occasions, and therefore the Van Loveren garden includes specimens that represent historical events, political figures, eleven grandchildren, head-boys and -girls, graduation ceremonies and other achievements.
On arrival, collect your 'tree stories list' from reception, the trees that belong to these stories are numbered and labelled. Listen out for the "whispering".