Lizette JonkerGarden World Festival gardens

The stunning show gardens that were created for the 2013 Garden World Spring Festival can still be seen at Garden World, one of South Africa’s destination garden centres, until the end March 2014. The gardens have grown nicely during spring, and will mature more over the next few months – definitely worth seeing if you have not been there yet!

Elemental Chain Design Sonita Young

Elemental Chain Design Sonita Young

Elemental Chain Design Sonita YoungElemental Chain – designer Sonita Young, landscaped and constructed by Young Landscape Design Studio

This contemporary oriental garden is divided into a shady wooden deck with seating and lush planting of grasses, bamboo and foliage plants, and a contrasting dry garden with low-growing grasses and succulents. Focal plants: bamboo, bird’s nest fern, Phormium, Echeveria.

Elemental Chain Design Sonita Young5

Elemental Chain Design Sonita Young

Elemental Chain Design Sonita Young

 

 

 

 

 

Circles of Life Design Sharon Catterick

Circles of Life Design Sharon Catterick

 

 

Circles of Life – designer Sharon Catterick, landscaped and constructed by Garden Girlz

A low maintenance garden with a circular theme that can be seen in the tiny lawn circle as well as the wallpaper on the patio. Focal plants: Phormium ‘Amazing Red’, Gazania, Agapanthus.

 

Celebrating Life Design Erika Frost & John Coertse

Celebrating Life Design Erika Frost & John Coertse

 

Celebrating Life – designer Erika Frost and Johan Coertse, constructed by Blue Fig Landscaping.

This family garden has a lot of focal points, like the garden pathway, a dry pebble-lined river bed, trellises, arches, tall pots, a gazebo, pebble stack water features, etc. Focal plants: Arctotis ‘On Fire’, Duranta ‘Sheena’s Gold’, foxgloves, Bacopa.

Celebrating Life Design Erika Frost & John Coertse

Celebrating Life Design Erika Frost & John Coertse

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Life Design Erika Frost & John Coertse

Celebrating Life Design Erika Frost & John Coertse

 

Celebrating Life Design Erika Frost & John Coertse3

Celebrating Life Design Erika Frost & John Coertse

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sustainable Sensation Design Lana Marais

Sustainable Sensation Design Lana Marais

Sustainable Sensation Design Lana Marais

Sustainable Sensation Design Lana Marais

Sustainable Sensation – designer Lana Marais, landscaped and constructed by students from TUT

The theme of this delightful garden is recycling and repurposing. All the hard landscaping elements have been made from reclaimed material, like the fountain, plant shelves and plant tunnel. The plants have been chosen for culinary and medicinal purposes. Focal plants: Leptospermum ‘Cherry Brandy’, rose-scented pelargonium, bronze fennel, pansies, Bulbine frutescens, spinach ‘Bright Lights’.

Sustainable Sensation Design Lana Marais

Sustainable Sensation Design Lana Marais

 

 

Sustainable Sensation Design Lana Marais

Sustainable Sensation Design Lana Marais

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Nature's Art Design JJ van Rensburg

Celebrating Nature’s Art Design JJ van Rensburg

Celebrating Nature's Art Design JJ van Rensburg

Celebrating Nature’s Art – designer JJ van Rensburg, landscaped and constructed by Vucascapes

The main feature of this garden is a raised circular patio with mosaic inlays in the concrete steps. There is an inviting built-in seating area and lighting to make the area attractive at night. The garden has two striking water features. Focal plants: Chondropetalum tectorum, Dianella ‘Lime Wave’, Murraya exotica, Acorus ‘Golden Edge’, Bamboo ‘Golden Goddess’.

Celebrating Nature's Art Design JJ van Rensburg

Celebrating Nature’s Art Design JJ van Rensburg

 

Celebrating Nature's Art Design JJ van Rensburg

 

 

 

 

A Delicious Cottage Garden Design Grant Gove

A Delicious Cottage Garden Design Grant Gove

A Delicious Cottage Garden Design Grant Gove

A Delicious Cottage Garden Design Grant Gove

A Delicious Cottage Garden – designer Grant Gove of Grantland Creations, landscaped and constructed by Talborne Organics and Jane Griffiths of Jane’s Delicious Garden

This garden was the overall winner on the show, and it is all about self-sufficiency and eco-friendly gardening practices. The water feature well in the centre cools the space down. There are lots of quirky recycle ideas and every inch of the garden, including the walls and roof, is planted with edible plants. Focal plants: Strawberries, fiddlewood, Erigeron daisies, various herbs, various vegetables.

A Delicious Cottage Garden Design Grant Gove

A Delicious Cottage Garden Design Grant Gove

 

 

 

 

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A Delicious Cottage Garden Design Grant Gove

A Delicious Cottage Garden Design Grant Gove

 

A Delicious Cottage Garden Design Grant Gove

A Delicious Cottage Garden Design Grant Gove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lizette Jonker

About Lizette Jonker

Lizette Jonker, the South African Garden Diva, is first and foremost a gardener, albeit a very restless and impatient one! She has worked as photojournalist and stylist for several South African magazines the past 20 years, inspiring readers with creative gardening, décor and craft ideas. Her last full-time job, as editor of the very popular SA Garden magazine, ended last October when the publisher decided to close the magazine. She now freelances for Finesse and Garden & Home magazines, and gives regular garden talks at garden centres and garden clubs. She comes from a family of plant lovers who understand the need to share and explore everything that grows. She travels South Africa and the world in search of beautiful gardens to capture, usually accompanied by a small tour group organised by Thompsons Holidays. Her other big passion is singing - she is a trained dramatic soprano and vocal coach, and is part of the operatic group XQST. She shares a home in Pretoria, South Africa, with her handyman husband Chris, her son Duard, who is a first year opera student, and her mom Jean, who also loves gardening and has a rose named after her.

One thought on “Garden World Festival gardens

  1. Mark Dawson on said:

    Great info. We are building in Doubleview. About to establish garden from scratch. Need to look at soil and retic then interested in vegies, fruit trees and herbs. Could be interesting. We have time to plan, approx. 5 months.

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