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Garden Redesign

Compiled by Mariola Jakutowicz Fouché Photographs Greg Cox, Sarah da Pina, Frank Ellis, supplied OF HERBS AND HISTORY… At Vergelegen Estate in Somerset West, the octagonal shape of the original boundary wall built in 1685 is today mirrored in the emblem of the establishment and its winery, and now informs its recently enlarged herb and vegetable garden. Situated in front of the new wine-tasting centre, it’s been cleverly redesigned to reflect the diverse history of the property, with, for example, various lavender types that represent Dutch, French, English and Eastern influences over the centuries. Colourful quadrants – home to medicinal, aromatic, culinary and indigenous African plants – radiate out from a central sundial. Apart from being an aesthetic addition to the grounds, under the watchful eye of resident horticulturist Richard Arm and his team, the octagonal garden will ensure a constant supply of green produce for the new adjoining restaurant, The Stables. XERO WORSHIP Xerophyte-lovers with a fondness for sustainability can look to The Garden Canvas for its charming range of Living Frames (from R350/10×10cm), terrariums and plant decor – all of which add a touch of low-maintenance, living creativity to any space. GO WITH THE FLOW The handmade Haws 1ℓ metal indoor watering can, with its far-reaching spout and solid brass rose, is on our wish list (available in nine colours, R675, Tin Table). See page 161 of our July 2012 Renovations issue for more gardening tips and info, as well as to read our Q&A with the Gardens Manager at Vergelegen Estate, Richard Arm...