Garden Inspiration

Text Mariola Jakutowicz Fouche Photographs Frank Ellis, supplied TOP NOTCH Selecting quality greens for dinner at chef David Higgs’ Five Hundred restaurant is a hop, skip and a jump away at The Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas & Spa in Joburg. Local seed guru Sought After Seedlings was co-opted to tend to the 400m² rooftop site with a view to providing herbs and vegetables for the Saxon’s needs. The garden was planted with seeds from the Italian Franchi Sementi Organic heirloom range, will deliver seasonal staples and includes a compost heap for kitchen waste as well as a worm farm. ALL ABOUT JANE Following on from Jane’s Delicious Garden and Jane’s Delicious Kitchen, Jane Griffiths taps into the magic of herbs, covering everything from organic herb-garden design to recipes that make the most of nearly 80 different varieties in Jane’s Delicious Herbs (Sunbird Publishers, R285). NATURE’S BALANCE If you’re in the market for a pick- me-up, take a guided winter walk through picturesque Franschhoek estate La Motte’s sustainably farmed vineyards. Meander through indigenous landscaped gardens, rich with birdlife, and past the proteas and fynbos, ending with a visit to the vegetable and herb garden that supplies the restaurant and farm shop with fresh fare. A fitting end would be a tasting of the farm’s organically grown Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc. Tuesday morning Organic Walks are R50 per person. Cheers! EYE CANDY Organic skin care company Dr. Hauschka's limited edition Dear Eyes Eyeshadow Trio Palette (R440) harnesses the gentle benefits of plant essential oils and extracts of kidney Vetch, with hazel and black tea. This article was originally featured in the June 2013 issue of House and Leisure.