If plants, gardens and all things botanical make your heart sing, then today’s post is for you! First up is a tour of Babylonstoren’s stunning succulent house which is not usually open to the public. The beautiful barn-like structure has a covered top and open sides which allows the wind to pass through and circulate which is one of the reasons why these plants are thriving. On top of that, there’s the plant whispering from master botanist, Ernst van Jaarsveld. The amount and variety of succulents is just incredible and it’s no wonder this succulent house is his happy place.
The reason for our visit was to be introduced to a brand new gardening app which I’m sure you’re going to love. Candide launched earlier this year in the UK and now here in SA however it can be downloaded worldwide and for free. I can hear you saying… sigh, I don’t have time for another social media app but I do think this one is worth exploring.
Who is the app for? Anyone who has a fascination with plants… the house plant addict, botany student, florist, nursery owner, budding gardener, farmer, plant-based chef and so the list goes on.
At first glance, Candide feels a bit like Instagram and works in a similar manner to keep it user centric however it offers so much more. Candide has an in depth knowledge base which lists hundreds of plants with their cultivation info and properties, along with images to help you identify them. In addition there are How To articles and a curated section with ideas, articles and tips posted by their horticultural team. The main feed shows posts from the community and by default it shows ALL posts. A useful tip… you can change your viewing setting. You can then choose to only see nearby posts or only posts from people you follow. I’m loving all the English gardens and countrysides… just gorgeous. The Chelsea Flower Show has just taken place so there is also plenty of stunning imagery being shared about that.
When you share a post, you can tag it as a question, so that you get answers to your specific gardening challenges from gardeners in your area – so much simpler than trawling through Google. You can also find info on public gardens or other garden related businesses in your area. With so much info and inspiration, Candide is a must in my books. Give it a try and let me know what you think?
All photography: Lana Kenney ©