The succulent side

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If you’ve ever dreamt of magically stumbling upon a colourful succulent wonderland, chances are it looked something like Namib Garden. Set on the R27 opposite the Melkbosstrand turn-off, this small haven is like something straight out of a movie set. And don’t be fooled by its size: it has an inspired collection and is known for its helpful staff.

Founded in 2008, the centre has gradually increased its collection of the most unusual cacti and water-wise plants. The astounding array includes beauts such as the jade plant which doubles as a good luck charm for friendship and financial success; the fascinating Haworthia with its diversity of structures, patterns, and colours; mother of thousands which develops tiny babes along its leaf edges; the intriguing starfish plant; and the well-known bloomer, kalanchoe sexangularis, that bears the honour of being one of the first plants to travel to outer space.

Indeed, succulents are so much more than mesems and aloes. Twenty-five percent of southern African flora is succulent in nature. And a remarkable 40 percent of the world’s succulent plants occur in South Africa. Exactly why we should celebrate this heritage in our gardens.

So, to fulfill your urban jungle design scheme dreams, spend a few happy hours amid Namib Garden’s abundance of gorgeous greenery.

Ph: Carol 083 6337632/Paul 060 4937013.