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A walk through the Company Gardens…

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in Blog, Botanical, Botanical Gardens, Featured, Gardens, Gardens, In & Around Cape Town, In & Around Cape Town | 0 comments

I often visit the Company Gardens in central Cape Town simply to take a relaxing stroll under the canopy of oak trees and soak up the peaceful scenes of children feeding squirrels, old men relaxing on benches, and locals going about their business.You certainly don’t need a guidebook or a history lesson to enjoy this leafy centre of calm in the heart of Cape Town. That being said, I will provide a history lesson anyway, simply because the story of Cape Town, and indeed the European colonization of South Africa, can be traced directly back to this small, fertile patch of earth (more…)

Greenpoint Urban Park, Cape Town

Posted by on Feb 5, 2013 in Botanical Gardens, Botanical gardens, Gardens, Gardens, Uncategorized | 0 comments

We found this park quite by chance and were just so impressed by the sense of community. The Park is only about two years old. The walkways are well kept, the plants are marked – it is truly an educational experience, particularly given its emphasis on indigenous flora.  There are different areas e.g. Plants that heal will have a notice board displaying the uses for the plants planted in that area ; the coastal plant area had a reconstructed midden.


The Harold Porter National Botanical Garden, Betty’s Bay

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Botanical, Botanical Gardens, Gardens, Gardens, In & Around Cape Town | 1 comment

Nestled between sea and mountain, in the heart of the Cape’s richest Fynbos region. From Cape Town you could take the scenic coastal drive through Gordon’s Bay to Betty’s Bay. Hermanus, famous for the whale watching during our winter months, is less than 30 minutes drive away.


Rosehurst in Pietermaritzburg, Natal – an inspirationl garden

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in Blog, Gardens, Other, Private Gardens | 0 comments

We were enthralled by the garden of landscape architect and horticulturist Candy Wise. Situated in central Pietermaritzburg the garden, originally influenced by Sissinghurst Castle Garden in south-west England, illustrates the idea of garden rooms perfectly: there is a walled pink garden, yellow sundial, white gazebo garden, a mauve garden and a potager.


A walk through George Botanical Gardens…

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in Blog, Botanical, Botanical, Botanical Gardens, Categories, Garden Route, Garden Route, Garden Societies, Gardens, Gardens, Gardens, George, Listings, Nurseries, Private, Private, Shopping, Western Cape | 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.


18th Century Stellenberg and its gardens (Kenilworth, Cape Town)

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in Blog, Gardens, In & Around Cape Town, Nurseries, Private, Shopping | 0 comments

In upper Kenilworth stands the beautiful Stellenberg, a Cape Dutch property dating back to original Van Der Stel ownership. Fortunately it has been blessed with sensible and caring owners – starting with the Felthams, who required Stellenberg in 1878, who did not succumb to the fashion of the times by removing gables, replacing thatch with corrugated iron or to tamper with the Cape Dutch windows and shutters.


Klein Optenhorst, Wellington.

Posted by on Nov 2, 2012 in Blog, Gardens, Gardens, Gardens to Inspire, In & Around Cape Town, In & Around Cape Town, Private, Private Gardens, Western Cape | 0 comments

In October Klein Optenhorst have an annual open day. Jenny Ferreira specializes in Salvias, so if you wanted to add to your collection you should pay a visit to her nursery. The venue is also available for weddings.

The Gardens at Kurland Boutique Hotel, Plettenberg Bay

Posted by on Nov 2, 2012 in Blog, Garden Route, Garden Route, Gardens, Gardens, Gardens to Inspire, Plettenberg Bay, Private, Private, Western Cape | 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.