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A walk through George Botanical Gardens…

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 | 0 comments

The Garden Route, in the Southern Cape Province of South Africa, is one of the most spectacular scenic areas in the world, with its huge diversity of plants, beautiful beaches and lagoons, dark foreboding forests, and majestic mountains with ravines and buttresses through which historic passes and hiking trails meander.

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The Gardens at Kurland Boutique Hotel, Plettenberg Bay

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 | 0 comments

This estate is known for 5 star luxury and for the private Polo club. When we stayed here for a weekend in 2011, we were surprised by the collection of roses and enchanted by the tiny walled kitchen garden – unfortunately a bit sad looking at the time – hence no photo’s of that. I can highly recommend the afternoon tea – served on the back porch in true Colonial style.

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Open Gardens in George : Fancourt

Posted on Oct 27, 2012 | 0 comments

On Saturday the 27th October :  Fancourt hosted the annual George Child and Family Welfare HOPE AND HAPPINESS GARDEN DAY.  This proved  a wonderful opportunity to see the Manor House herb garden, a copper beech tree that is over 100 years old, and of course the rose garden.  Six private residential gardens were included on the route.

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The garden at Fairview Homestead, George.Summer 2012

Posted on Oct 20, 2012 | 0 comments

These photo’s were taken mid November by Desmond Benkenstein – owner of Fairview Homestead. (see www.fairviewhomestead.com )

Where do you get your love for gardening from?    From my parents. My mother always had a beautiful flower garden and my father was very serious about his vegetable garden.

Plant collector or landscape gardener?   I am more of a plant collector

Your favourite flower?    Aquilegia

Favourite tree?   Indigenous: Cape Chestnut. Exotic trees: Acer family

Your favourite garden in South Africa?     Old Nectar in Jonkershoek. And Vergelegen in Somerset West.

Your favourite international garden?     Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France.

Favourite shrub?  Vibernum family

How would you describe the style of your garden?   a Romantic garden with formal sections and mixed borders. A Complete garden in the sense that it had flowers, herbs, orchard and vegetable sections.

What advice do you have for new gardeners?      Make your own compost. Keep at least three compost heaps going. Use organic fertilizer like ‘bounce-back’ ; plant self-seeding flowers. Propagate your own cuttings.

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