How to turn a garden into a fabulous piece of art?
That’s what the boboli garden at Boboli Gardens in Stellenbosch is all about.
The garden is filled with colourful colourful blooms, some of which are up to five years old.
The seeds that sprout from the bobolis can then be harvested, fertilised and used as the basis for a variety of flowers.
The flowers are then placed in jars for a couple of months and used in traditional medicine.
But there is a twist to the garden.
The plants are grown indoors.
In a nod to the natural beauty of the land, the plants are planted in containers in the garden to prevent pests from invading and to allow them to germinate.
The plan is to eventually sell the plants to make money for the community, but it’s all in the name of art.
“It’s a little bit like a museum,” says Boboli gardens manager, Chris Purdom.
“I’m really proud of the way we’ve chosen to use the plants, and the beauty that comes with it.”
This is an organic garden, but we have a lot of plants that are from natural history that are grown outdoors.
The garden is actually growing out of nature.
“Boboli gardens is a family-run business that opened in February.
It’s all about keeping the family’s history alive, and making sure that the garden is a place where people can go and experience the natural world.””
The first thing we wanted to do was to create a garden that was an homage to nature, and I think that is what we’ve done,” he says.
It’s all about keeping the family’s history alive, and making sure that the garden is a place where people can go and experience the natural world.
“We want the gardens to be a place that people can come and enjoy nature, which we believe in,” he adds.