though I visit this huge garden during winter, and on a rainy day, it
was a great experience. The photos does not justify the garden, but only
give an idea of the huge and well kept collection. The garden covers 9500
square meters, with all from desserts over a maze to a small lake! I
visited it in 2005. 50
larger photos, in a slide-show.
The public garden was
opened by Marthinus Malherbe in 1965, but was started as a private
collection many years before. This
Pachycereus weberii is regarded as the oldest cactus of South Africa,
and was sown by him in 1910. The garden is now owned and run by Yvonne
and Herman, who are really passionate.
Among the huge and old plants, they
have extended the collection to 2400 species, partly cacti, partly
succulents. Their latest achievement is to start collecting caudiciforms.
Names on almost every plant, and if
not, the proud owners ill tell you.
The beds are giving the plants room
for growing, and viewers better view.
The garden is still expanding,
keeping the old layout, and forming a unit.
Should have gotten closer to this
weird spineless Lophocereus scottii monstrose.
One of the few totally
Many old plants, like this Ferocactus
pottii can be found all around.
Many of the plants are still young,
and have been grown by the present owners from seeds.
Beaucarnia, Echinocactus, Agavae, Crassula, Ceraus and many other
The view is stunning all
around, this day even with snow!
As a rather new
addition, they have made 'Our Little Nursery' with home grown succulents
and cacti for sale as a respond for the visitors demand. The growing
tips can bee seen on their website, which futures a lot more information