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Enchanting Garden

Text Graham Wood Styling Mariette Theron Photographs Elsa Young Mariette and Peter Theron’s Saxonwold garden is a wonderful example of what the couple terms ‘loose structure’. It manages at once to seem spontaneous, whimsical – even a little wild – and at the same time to be curiously harmonious. Mariette and Peter created the garden from scratch with help and advice from renowned landscaper Tim Conradie after they renovated their house some years ago. A balance, it seems, has been struck in the tension between Peter and Mariette’s approaches. Peter, the son of a horticulturalist and a keen propagator of saplings, loves structure. The box hedges are evidence of his influence, as are the brick paths. ‘They went down first,’ says Mariette. ‘The whole thing is actually quite geometric.’ Mariette’s planting softens the edges, creating gentle irregularity. To see more magical pictures of this garden and to read the article titled 'Delight in Disorder', refer to page 106 of our January/ February 2012 issue, on shelf 19 December 2011...