A South African Rockery

Rock garden in south africa


You know, not all gardens start with a love of plants. Sure plants are important, perhaps even a requirement (some would argue) for a ‘garden’ to be a garden…but, as this amazing South African plot shows, they don’t have to be the raison d’etre for creating an amazing outdoor place.

The beginnings of this garden were simple, Geoffrey Armstrong and Wendy Vincent (both artists) started collecting things they loved…specifically rocks.

The collections grew and new collections were created -including plants – which friends passed along.

Slowly, over 10 years, the pair have created an amazing garden that they never really set out to build.

Along the way they became members of Operation Wildflower (OWF) which is an association of plant lovers who save plants to be destroyed when development transforms a piece of natural vegetation into a township, road, dam, mine, etc. The members collect and replant them on their own properties, rather than seeing them bulldozed and lost. South Africa is blessed with a rich botanical history and this group hopes to help it remain the pride of the nation.

Operation Wildflower brought more plants, and donated rocks from farming neighbors have, over the years, transformed the hillside – proving that not all gardens emerge only from a love of green things.

More in the gallery….

** I’m testing out some gallery tools– not sure what I think of this one…what do you think?  

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To read more about the garden and it’s creators, see a full article at Visi.

Images from Visi

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. Jenn on March 15, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Gallery option – The “next’ sends me back to the top of the page in the Chrome browser. So I have to scroll back down to see the image.
    I like the big photo. And the garden is amazing.

  2. Matt on March 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I like the slideshow tools at awaytogarden.com the best. You should ask Margaret what she uses.

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