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Garden Design

South Africa’s Garden World Spring Festival

Rose Vermeulen

Rose Vermeulen

July 27, 2012

The Garden World Spring Festival starts today, 27 July, here in Johannesburg. There are many fabulous gardens to see and Indigo Landscapes has won a Gold Award for our garden ‘Urban Grace‘.

Indigo Landscapes show garden ‘Urban Grace’

‘Urban Grace’ plan by Indigo Landscapes



Construction staff moving – and swearing! – while they shift the heavy table into our garden.




This garden show is a little different from say Chelsea, as the landscapers create a show garden that stays on display for a full year at Garden World. The main buzz for the show lasts about 6 weeks but the gardens remain for the full year. This whole ‘design show’ creates a learning centre for students, the public and potential clients, as they can see how the gardens and plants develop over the year.

I think there are around 12 new gardens and 6 revamped gardens where gardens from previous years are reworked on a very limited budget. This might entail a change of wall colour, furniture or repositioning of a waterfeature and so forth, in line with a particular theme, usually involving recycling, refurbishing or sustainability.

Gallery of Garden World Spring Festival show gardens: (click on image for a large view)


Leon Kluge’s garden won a Platinum Award.






Sunken Garden by Four Seasons




Neville Orsmond of Create a Landscape





Linda Galvad of Sought After Seedlings





UNISA – a tecknikon with botany and landscaping studies





Jo Clinton of Jo Clinton Design




Sonita Young of Young Landscape Design Studio. This garden also featured a hydroponics system where the fish tanks supply nutrients which are pumped up and into the vegetable trays on top.






Paul Weber of Engender Gardens



Jane Griffiths garden (right)




JJ van Rensburg of Vuka-Scapes (left)

& ‘Chilling Time by Four Seasons (below)







Deidre van Zyl of Complex Gardens





There’s also a section for young designers, plus a school section. Some of the schools in the area create little gardens. The children and teachers design and install these gardens. I think the teachers do most of the work but the children are let loose in the growing section of the nursery.

Student garden

Young designer Dominique van Zyl (who is completing high school this year)











Other student gardens were built by AgriSETA Garden World students (right)

and Tshwane Tecknikon (below)






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Catherine Stewart
11 years ago

Wow. What impressive gardens. It amazes me how little – well pretty much nothing – we’ve heard of this garden show here in Australia. What fantastic participation by schools and their students too! A great way to start off a new generation of gardeners. And congrats on the Gold Award!