Garden, Gardens

the root of happiness: smart gardening with candide

Dwayne Senior for Marvello & Mill



Horticulture is one of the most popular hobbies in the world, and there’s always room for sharing gardening inspiration. Whether you’re a green-fingered genius or a hapless planter, a digital helping hand can go a long way towards creating the verdant space you’ve always dreamed of.

Don’t know where to start? Candide is a smart gardening community app that you’ll want to add to your arsenal of tools. And best of all, it’s free.

Candide gardening app launch at Babylonstoren.
Photographer: Dwayne Senior for Marvello & Mill / Candide South Africa

the root of happiness

A global app developed in the UK but launched first in South Africa, Candide drew inspiration from the social critic Voltaire’s novel of the same name, who wrote that it was our duty to ‘cultivate our garden’ – essentially that a garden symbolises our lives and we should nurture them for a good outcome.

Candide subscribes to the tenet that gardening cultivates wellbeing for the mind, body and soul. With an extensive knowledge base that spans everything you need to know, from plants and pests to problem-solving and how-to guides, this innovative app encourages us all to reconnect with our gardens – and, equally importantly, engage with like-minded growers.


how does your garden grow?

With Candide, you can:

  • explore localised information relevant to your interests and location
  • find and follow interesting public gardens and garden-related businesses wherever you are in SA
  • read all you need to know about myriad indigenous and exotic species and how to care for them
  • glean inspiration to help you plan your growing space
  • interact directly with Candide’s knowledgeable horticultural team, who offer bi-weekly curated ideas, articles and pointers
  • make posts, ask questions, and share your own tips, solutions and successes with your local and global online community
Candide gardening app launch at Babylonstoren.

in the palm of your hand

From aficionados, amateurs and allotment fans to house-plant enthusiasts and food cultivators, Candide is for everyone who wants to transform the way they interact with their gardens. Get digging!

Candide is free for download in the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. Once the app has been downloaded, users are able to use it worldwide. To find the app, simply type ‘Candide’ into the search bar. For more information, follow Candide on Instagram: @candideappsa, Twitter: @candide_SA or on Facebook: @candideappsa