A Green Futures nursery.

As though the natural setting at Grootbos wasn’t enough to leave me breathless, together with Green Futures they have developed a 3.5ha indigenous garden with pathways around the Lodge and its Suites. At this size it is the largest indigenous garden in the country with as many as 356 different species of fynbos planted over the past five years. A truly amazing feat.

There is also a specialist indigenous nursery where guests can buy plants and trees, a true incentive to get us to establish water wise indigenous gardens of our own. I walked around and took these photos, which hardly capture the aroma, texture or diversity, but do give an idea of the magnitude and choice on offer.


Medicinal, shade dwellers, herbs, proteas, reeds, succulents, ground cover, bird loving, trees and much more.


My hope is to visit Green Futures on a future visit to learn more about the project. At that point I will add to this post more detail, and to my garden a boot load of Future making plants.

In the green house there were many developing plants, but I mostly appreciated the sight of these proteas cut to propagate more. The soft pinks are beautiful. As is the parent plant. If we live in the Western Cape, we should at least each be growing a protea or two.


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