The Gardener :: Editor's Letter
December 2018
   The Gardener

So here we are at the end of another salt-resistant plants that will give you loads year! To finish off your gardening year and get you into the holiday spirit ;we have compiled a bumper issue! We’ve included everything from Christmas gifts to a DIY planter that brings that earthy woodland feel indoors – you’ll be looking for fairies and gnomes when you’re done. This simple DIY will also make a great gift, so get started! And if building your own wooden container sounds like too much hard work then give our terrarium feature a try!

We also feature an amazing garden from the Garden Route in this issue. We’ve featured many of Graham von Hoesslin’s gardens in The Gardener and Die Tuinier, but for the first time I had & the pleasure of walking through one accompanied by Graham. First off, what a privilege it was to spend time with him, and to get a better understanding of where Graham’s passion for plants comes from. We often ohhh and ahhh at oversees designers and their ability to create amazing gardens, but folks, we have such talent locally! Rarely do we get to see the work of someone who understands both design AND plants – how to combine a selection of plants in a seamless tapestry that complements the environment and the style of the home.

Thank you Graham for such a splendid day! In addition to this spectacular coastal garden, we delve into how to create your own seaside garden with wind-resistant and

of colour. And because the festive season is all about food, we tackle the issue of holiday snacking, done healthily. It’s not too late to grow our top five quick, easy and delicious veggies – you’ll thank us in January when you have to get into that work outfit again!

Holiday celebrations are obviously on everyone’s mind, be it what we are going to eat, who will be coming over for lunch, and how we are going to decorate the Christmas table. This year Wendy and Izolda applied their creative minds to creating Christmas tables with a botanical flair (of course). They came up with five gorgeous possibilities that you could copy or just be inspired by, from a mossy forest floor to a hot Mexican fiesta!

Folks, it’s that silly time of year, but I hope that everyone will be putting up their feet a little, enjoying some family time and a lot of R and R. Be safe, always wear your seatbelt, use sunscreen, and be sure to lay flat on the grass and gaze into the blue sky at some point over your holidays. Whatever you do, don’t forget to relax – we all deserve a little time out!

Happy holidays and God bless


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