Articles

Chris has been writing articles for local and international magazines and newspapers on all topics relating to horticulture.

Here are some examples of his work.

A Rose by no other name

It is hard to believe we are half way through August with spring peeping through earlier than planned. I have been doing a lot of travel in the past month to interesting places such as Graaff-Reinet and a number of trips to Cape Town. To experience the different...

Late winter special

I spent a few days this past week just north of Maputo in Mozambique help identify plants on a 126 HA site set aside to be developed. It is only when you travel that you realize how wide spread our plants can be found in other countries. An example is the African dog...

Just like a Paint brush

On Friday the 16th to celebrate Youth Day I took a drive to a nursery in Mid Illovo  called Gwahumbe Nursery that has one of the best collections of Aloes found anywhere in the world. To spend a few hours walking amongst thousands of Aloes of all different sizes and...

Preparing for winter

I have been in the UK for the past week with a group of six wonderful ladies enjoying the gardens of England and we finish off the tour today with a visit to the Olympics of gardening, the Chelsea Flower Show which by the time you read this article will nearly be...

Transforming your Garden

We are now heading for certainly the best time of the year in Durban for gardening as the heat or summer has finally abated and the cooler shorter days are now upon us. It is the morning and evening light that gives autumn away as you get those lovely colours in the...

Growing your own plants

I have spent a lot of time in Cape Town recently collecting plants for the new Botanic Garden in Singapore called Gardens by the Bay and I am shocked by the devastation the drought has taken on the nursery business and on gardens in general. Unless you have a bore...

Plant selection for a small garden

I love Durban but have never loved February due to the high humidity that always catches us off guard. On the other hand what I do love about Durban in February is the selection of flowering trees that always turn the green landscape into a mix of pinks, purples, reds...

A bulb for all seasons

Saturday Independent, September 2016 My apologies for the late delay in this month’s article which is now only coming out on the 1st day of October but I have been on a month trip to the USA visiting gardens both on the east and west coasts of the USA. What fun seeing...

Preparing for Spring

Saturday Independent, August 2016 Spring is always such a joyous time of the year as everything wakes up and we wait in anticipation for the new leaves and flowers to appear from there winter dormancy. I feel spring is starting earlier and earlier each year with the...

Colour in the Shade

Saturday Independent, July 2016 By the time you read this article I would have just arrived in Singapore to attend the Singapore garden Festival which is the Chelsea Flower Show of Singapore. This takes place every 2 years and is held at Gardens by the Bay for a week....

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