Nursery was started in 1970 by C.J. Bouwer as a hobby. It have now grown to the
worlds biggest cacti nursery, with a enormous garden, full of huge cacti. From
their site: "We currently house about 7 000 species of plants, and raise about
350 000 plants each year. Our stock plants exceed 2 million individuals". I had an idea of
shooting some photos of the big sceneries and one of each cacti. After a while
and 2-300 photos, I shift to plan B: Get a few highlights and advice people,
interested in cacti and in
South Africa to come bye, and see it for them selves. It is just awesome: Thousands of
cacti, most bigger than they ever grow in Americas. The area is around 110x160
meters, and it is NOT the pass ways that is taking up the room! In between the
five to ten meter plants, small species hide them selves. Here are hundreds of
species, many of which I never have seen. The only ones I don't see, is the one
spreader around in the wild. Many of the gardens in town, the gas
station, empty lots and public areas are planted with huge cacti as well. The area
in front of the nursery would be an attraction by it selves! And this is just
the old nursery, the new one is real large, right out of town. I drive out to
see a bit more, while I'm here, and wow, again! Endless lines of all different
sorts, a enormous garden, shadow houses and cacti! Try to get it on photo, but
to really show those ten hectares, one should use a helicopter, I guess. Beside from
those few photos, I have made a slide-show
with some more. It is still just a fraction! I was here in 2005 - I think.
The entrance does
not look like much, but when you turn the corner!
Here ere enormous plants, and
everywhere in between are small species and young plants.
A few nursery houses
can still be found in this old part.
But the main attraction it the huge
and extreme good looking cacti outside.
And there are a lot!
And they are big and real good
After having given up trying to
capture the garden with the collection,
I head outside town to see the production nursery.
The garden was huge,
but this is enormous! And beside
from production, there are a huge
display garden as well.
Nice surroundings as
And endless rows of cacti and some
caudiciforms and succulents.
A few shadow houses for the younger
plants. And a extreme quite dog!
The show part is
real nice, and the paths are still open.
They say 7000 species, and I guess
that is true.
I am pretty sure I
never will be astonished by a cacti collection ever again!
If you should find your selves in that part of the world; Visit this