The Obesa Nursery, Graaff Reinet

The Obesa Nursery

The Obesa Nursery in Graaff Reinet should be on every gardener’s ‘must-visit’ list! This extraordinary succulent and cactus nursery occupies a vast site behind the main street in Graaff Reinet and is a wonderland of strange shapes and colours. I suspect you either love it or hate it – no time or space for hesitation here. If I…

Tall, prickly things

Logan’s Garden in Matjiesfontein

The original Karoo National Botanic Garden was created at White Hill, c.5kms away from Matjiesfontein, in 1921. It was known as the Logan Memorial Garden. However, the site proved too dry and too isolated and the garden was moved and re-established in Worcester in 1945. At the Lord Milner Hotel the guests were relaxing around…

The Karoo National Botanical Gardens in Worcester

The Karoo National Botanical Gardens in Worcester was originally created near Matjiesfontein in 1921 and moved to Worcester in 1945. We parked under a tree and set off, smothered in sun blocker, to enjoy the delights of the garden. I had visited the previous year and loved the strange forms and curious habits of the plants.

Stellenbosch Botanic Gardens

I loved these gardens and returned more than once to just wander and enjoy. I had never seen waterplants like these before – I think they may be Lotus plants. I recognised the lotus flower & seedpod, and the waterlilies were beautiful at all times of the day. And nearby were these amazing caladiums. I feel plants should be…

Karoo Desert Botanic Garden, Worcester

I visited this amazing garden on a scorchingly hot day in February – it was at least 35C. The Karoo Desert National Botanic Garden lies just outside the town of Worcester, in the Cape Province, under the Hex River Mountains. The garden is quiet and has a conveniently placed restaurant near the entrance which serves food and ice-cold…