The Gardener’s Garden is a collection of the world’s most outstanding and beautiful gardens, taken from every continent and South Africa has four homegrown Gardens listed. The Gardener’s Garden is a great, big book (weighing in at four kilograms) with over 1000 eye wateringly, beautiful pictures of the most stunning gardens you could ever wish to see. It is a beautiful book worthy of anyone’s coffee table collection, a great gift for an avid gardener or just for someone who loves beautiful images. It is a book to take time over for there are many styles and original ideas to absorb. Birthday and Christmas presents spring to mind.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens were chosen not just for the beauty of the gardens but also for the beauty of the setting and the history of the gardens. This is a wonderful testament for these gardens which have only just celebrated their centenary two years ago. A garden that is enjoyed by the locals and all the international visitors equally as much. This is a garden for the people, a visit is mandatory.
The gardens of Babylonstoren were chosen for the modern garden designed by Patrice Taravella for the owner Karen Roos. Their use of natural wooden supports and with gardens set out in a grid system brings these gardens into the modern world yet still retaining age old traditions. These gardens are amazing and all produce is used in the Restaurants on the estate on a daily basis. In fact the menu follows the seasons and their colours. So worth a visit.
The Rock Garden was selected for the authenticity of the land art and sculpted rock garden. The sculpted garden was designed and created by the artist couple, Geoffrey Armstrong (a sculptor) and Wendy Vincent (a painter). They live here for about eight months of the year and the home and the garden seem to have morphed into one over time. The garden features many plants both indigenous and exotic, some acquired by the couple themselves and many others donated by plant lovers. Not really open to the public it is a much loved garden that should be seen.
Bridle Road Residence was chosen for the importance of the fynbos and the exceeding beauty, it is a beautiful modern house high up in a ravine, with views overlooking Cape town and the ocean. Specific care was taken in the planning and planting of the surrounding area of fynbos and the ecology. Many of the rare species were supplied by the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The exceeding beauty of this garden has proven that modern landscaping need not disturb the biodiversity.