South Africa Garden Tour 2014
Wednesday October 8th to Thursday October 23rd, 2014


October 8th, 2014 Wednesday Arrival Day Johannesburg

October 9th Thursday
An architect’s garden…Minky Lidchi. Here is a lovely article that says so much more than I could ever say about her garden….a wonderland garden of discoveries. ‘What I love most about living where I do is having grass under my feet every day, and having the freedom and space to vary my experience and lifestyle within my home and garden. My favourite space is the uncovered patio between the garden and the house; it’s the transition between the two – the air, the space, the sounds and the views.’ 
and another article on ‘the art of living’

Brenthurst Garden
This morning we enjoyed a guided visit to the private gardens of Strilli Oppenheimer - Brenthurst Gardens. When Ms Oppenheimer became custodian of the garden in 2001, she was determined to respect its unique history. A pioneer of the natural gardening movement, she had restored and remade the estate at her United Kingdom home, Waltham Place, into a model biodynamic farm and garden. She set about applying the same principles at Brenthurst.

Since 2001 she and head gardener Dawid Klopper have implemented a gradual evolution towards a more natural, endemic and indigenous planting with great sensitivity - and considerable success. One of South Africa's most magnificent gardens. In a city dedicated to change, it has enjoyed a unique continuity. We also enjoy a visit of her library and office - I loved the office as it reminded me of Vita's - stacked with books and magazine and dried plants...of interest here as well is one of the most beautiful exhibitions by Leigh Voight of Nguni cattle...

Then a private guided tour of William Kentridge and his artists garden. As could only be expected, artist William Kentridge’s garden is a visual palette. Perched high above the northern suburbs of leafy Johannesburg, the two-acre property boasts magnificent views all the way to Magaliesberg. That said, it is the garden itself that really catches the eye. This is a natural piece of art that has been curated with love and determination. A very steep garden with lots of steps but the view was worth it.
Much more here on it


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