Where do you get your love of gardening from? I grew up on a farm , so I was always exposed to people growing things ! My mother was a keen gardener and I helped her in her garden from an early age.
Plant collector or landscape gardener? I am always thrilled and intrigued by new plants and tend to notice interesting specimens when traveling , but I think I am more of a landscape gardener – I like to group plants together and think about the design of the garden as a whole.
Your favourite flower? Camellia
Favourite tree? Leopard Tree (Caeselpinia Ferrea)
Favourite garden in South Africa? Old Nectar , Una van der Spuy’s garden near Stellenbosch
Your favourite international garden? I have not visited many overseas gardens , but have always admired Monet’s garden from pictures. The nearest to paradise I have ever seen was the Panviman hotel garden in Mae Rim , Thailand.
Favourite shrub? Old – fashioned roses
How would you describe the style of your garden? It is a country style garden with old trees, rolling lawns , romantic roses and and a woodland section.
What advice do you have for a new gardener? Get professional help in the beginning to avoid expensive mistakes. Look at what is growing successfully in your neighborhood gardens.. Buy gardening magazines and study them to learn more and to get inspired !