Leigh-Ann van Wyk is the Head Gardener at The Cellars-Hohenort. She takes great care of the green nine acres, which feature majestic horticulture; encompassing the second oldest camphor trees in South Africa, an enchanted forest, a vineyard, herb and vegetable gardens, a spectacular rose garden and so much more.
Leigh-Ann, who has a National Diploma in Landscape Technology, worked previously at the Century City Property Owners Association as a garden supervisor before joining us at The Cellars-Hohenort.
We caught up with Leigh-Ann to find out more.
What’s your favourite part of The Cellars-Hohenort garden?
There are so many… but I have to say the herb garden because as soon as you step into it, the scent of all the different fragrances is so amazing. I also enjoy having the chefs of The Conservatory and Greenhouse invading the garden too.
What are some of the summer highlights in the garden?
It’s the flowering time of many of the plants, and I love the sound of the bees buzzing around the blooms.
What’s popping up in the veggie garden at the moment?
Lovely fresh spinach, cabbages and green peppers.
Do you have a favourite gardening quote to share with us?
‘Gardening always has been an art, essentially.’ – Robert Irwin
Your perfect day looks like…
Coming in early in the morning and walking around the property to think about the week ahead. I have a wonderful team where I set out the work for each gardener as well as for myself. Just working in the gardens makes my day more than perfect.
Your top three Cape Town gardens are…
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Green Point Urban Park
Any advice for novice gardeners wanting to improve on their gardens?
When you pick your plants choose ones that are adapted to your climate, the soil type and the amount of sunlight that enters your garden. It’s always best to do the research first. And… never forget to take a moment to look and smell at whatever you’re growing in your garden.
Describe yourself in three words
Honest, trustworthy and a hard-worker