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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.

Whitehill railway siding (Google)
Whitehill railway siding (Google)

At the Lord Milner Hotel the guests were relaxing around the swimming pool or in the shade on various verandahs so I wandered around by myself, camera in hand. Tweedside was Logan’s home and it seems he made a succulent garden around it – no hankering after plants and flowers which wouldn’t survive the heat. The garden showed signs of the extreme heat and no rain, but even so there were plants at which to marvel.

Jardin Exotique et Botanique, Roscoff

The garden, even in September, was just a delight! If you are ever in Brittany do try and visit. There were hardly any other visitors apart from us and we were able to wander around at leisure, uncrowded. I certainly return plan to return. We started in the greenhouses, filled with amazing succulents, and then started following the outside route.

Jardin Botanique et Exotique, Roscoff

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 drinks.The garden was originally established near Matjiesfontein in 1921 as the Logan Memorial Garden, moving to Worcester in 1945. The garden covers 144 hectares of natural vegetation, and 11 hectares are cultivated. It is promoted as the only succulent garden in the southern hemisphere

The restaurant in the Karoo Desert Botanic Gardens
The restaurant in the Karoo Desert Botanic Gardens

The Cycad Collection, Durban Botanical Gardens

The wonderfully peaceful and green oasis of the Durban Botanical Gardens lies between the City of Durban and the hills of the Berea and is the oldest Botanical Gardens in Durban, founded in 1849, and modelled on the Gardens in Cape Town. The Cycad Collection is apparently the rarest in the world and has been built up since the gardens were started.

The Spider Plants

The spider plants have been multiplying and there are now c.100 sitting in water, developing strong roots and getting ready for the Cratfield Open Weekend on 14 & 15 June.

Spider Plant
Spider Plant
Spider Plant
Spider Plant

The Spider Plant is native to South Africa and its real name is Chorophytum Comosum ‘Variegatum’They are easy to grow, do not require daily attention, and apparently even purify the air!

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