The 2013 Garden World Spring Festival has opened recently in Muldersdrift outside Johannesburg, and as usual this annual South African garden show has lots of ideas for the home gardener. Here I’m looking at a few of the gardens, and then some more in my next blog post. You can visit the 2013 Garden World Spring Festival until Sunday September 1 2013.
Garden title: Succulent Bliss
Designer: Werner Botha
Landscaped and constructed by: Apple Landscape
This garden has a curved rusted steel backdrop containing a vertical succulent garden, a wooden deck seating area and a walkway consisting of natural boulders, gravel, cacti and other succulents. Phormium on top of the steel wall and aloes in front of the steel wall, cacti on the low wall flanking the wooden deck.
Garden title: Celebrations
Designer: Damon Johnson
Landscaped and constructed by: Terra Firma Landscapers
This garden’s main feature is the splash pool with water feature spilling into the pool. Behind this water wall is an entertainment area. The raised planters against the wall provide texture and colour, and there is a synthetic lawn area surrounded by beds and raised planters containing mass plantings of plants like Acorus, Ophiopogon, Agapanthus and Buxus. Focal plants: palms, cycads and birch trees.
Garden title: Celebrate Nature & Beyond
Designer: Landscaped architect Donavon Robinson assisted by Jonathan Burger
Constructed by: Nature & Beyond
This garden has a bold and modern colour scheme. Quirky touches include the synthetic lawn, chairs covered with synthetic lawn, railway sleepers as well as framed mirrors against a wall.
Garden title: The Neon Garden Box
Designer: University of South Africa supported by AgriSETA and Liezl Craig
Landscaped and constructed by: Glen Peck and students from UNISA
This garden is all about recycling and city living, with everything constructed from reclaimed pallet wood – from the furniture and decking to the screens and vertical gardens. This design is ideal for small city gardens and balconies, and has neat ideas for growing your own food in a small space.
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