Ages ago one of my friends told me about Aspidistra Nursery, just outside of Stellenbosch, and told me that I would absolutely love it. I finally managed to visit a few weekends ago and was blown away by the sheer creativity and its lovely, rustic farm-like setting. The nursery is owned by Willie Schmidt and his wife and they have really created a unique and wonderful haven… this is no mainstream garden centre.
Everywhere you look you’ll see plants already potted in various vessels from pretty china teacups to rusty tins, wheelbarrows, birdcages and more. Wrought iron benches with overgrown ferns, chickens strutting along winding paths, it feels more like a wild garden than a nursery and this is what really appeals to me. Willie’s wife runs the small coffee shop which is equally creative with mismatched eclectic decor and chandeliers made out of bicycle rims and old keys. Do yourself a favour and go and visit.
Aspidistra Nursery, Cnr Vlaeberg Road & R310, Tel: 021 881 3494
All photography: Lana Kenney ©