colour by numbers: a mornington grassy garden gallery
Gallery of a painterly grassy garden that spotlights naturalistic scenery and inventive landscaping
past times: an old westcliff garden is transformed into a botanical delight
This captivating Westcliff garden combines history and soulful charm in equal measure
secret garden: 6 outdoor chill zones to enjoy
Helpful tips to creating an outdoor chill zone in your exterior space, no matter its size
green at heart: boschendal’s visionary food garden
At Boschendal's visionary food garden near Franschhoek, organic produce is flourishing in soil first turned in 1685
fynbos rocks: a gallery tour of artist nola muller’s indigenous cape garden
A gallery of Nola Muller Viotti and her husband Gianni's quirky Cape garden in Noordhoek
Zen garden, an art studio and a miniature French poodle that barrels into your arms like an acrobat make up the welcoming party as you step into the courtyard of Nola Muller Viotti’s Noordhoek home in Cape Town. Humanoid sculptural forms made from plant roots hint at what awaits in the front garden, on the other side of th
small wonders: fostering the art of bonsai
The fascinating Japanese art of bonsai calls for a love of growing tiny plants, some measure of artistic ability and patience aplenty
Book review: The Garden of Babylonstoren by Franchesca Watson and Heidi Bertish
A visual tribute to the iconic farm in the Drakenstein Valley of the Cape Winelands
Walk among giants in Claremont’s Arderne Gardens
Revived for a new generation to discover this old garden is a wonderworld of arboreal ancients and exotics
Create the ultimate courtyard garden
From the perfect paving to finding the right plants
A living legacy
Nic Bladen casts indigenous botanicals into bronze and silver, creating extraordinary artworks he hopes will last as fossils into the future
‘Somehow the orchid fraternity got hold of me,’ smiles sculptor Nic Bladen. It may sound like a plot twist in a floral conspiracy novel, but this was perhaps the turning point in his career. While making a living creating jewellery, he was asked by the president of the local orchid society to cast a few whole orchids in bronze. A former dental technician, Bladen learned about bronze sculpture under the watchful eye of Otto du Plessis at Bronze Age before going out on his own. He’d been loping along when the orchid request came. ‘I cast a flower one day and that was it. Lightbulb moment.’ The orchid job success