This garden is on the banks of the Hartebeespoort Dam, in Pecanwood Estate. It has been featured on one of Keith Kirsten's Down to Earth TV shows, as well as in the April 2004 edition of South African Garden and Home, pages 94-96.
It is not entirely indigenous, but all the trees are indigenous, as well as many of the shrubs, perennials and groundcovers. I prefer a balance between exotic and indigenous, as this usually creates the best effect, as well as attracting birds, butterflies and bees to the garden -- and in this case, leguans!
A Mabalingwe game farm: It was important to create a defined line between what would be perceived as the lodge's garden, and the natural veldt grass. I therefore created a circle wrapping from the boma (fireplace) right around the house to the garages on the other side.
We used recycled crushed tar to create the road surface, which gives a lovely soft crunch when you walk on it. When choosing the plants, we had to take into account the wild animals such as porcupine, kudu, blesbuck etc, and they have eaten a lot of what was planted, especially because of a drought at this time. Many of the plants have survived though, and as happens in nature, the approach is that an ecosystem will develop and equilibrium will be established. The design is strong enough to always hold the site together.