|The Franschhoek garden of landscaper and artist, Henk Scholtz.|
To see more of this unique garden that was featured on the BBC Documentary series, "Around the World in 80 Gardens", continue reading.
|This extraordinary garden belongs to renowned South African landscaper and artist, Henk Scholtz. We were driving past his home when, out of the corner of my eye, I caught a momentary flash of something that piqued my interest.|
|Water feature in the front garden, framed in copy-cat style by a clipped hedge.|
|The clever use of shells add decorative appeal to this otherwise plain, galvanised gate, separating the front garden from the side garden.|
|Henk mostly relies on indigenous plants in his garden. Although it is a small garden, he has used the available space to maximum effect and, with clever design, it appears infinitely larger than it really is.|
|Groups of garden implements are arranged in 'dead' zones creating interest whilst simultaneously show casing some of Henk's collections.|
|Once I was inside the front fence and on his thrilling turf, all barriers seemed to crumble. My eyes literally popped out on stalks in their excitement to see as much of this garden as possible in the few minutes I thought I had available.|
|So, without further ado, we stepped through the house and out the other side, into what I can only describe as being an arresting space. It conveyed an immediate sense of mystical calmness. Circular in design, the garden itself is beautifully landscaped, immaculately manicured and totally private.|
|An instantly striking feature is the peacock blue, perimeter wall facing on to the garden. It both contrasts with and complements the emerald greens of the lawn and formal plantings, creating the perfect backdrop to this incredibly arty landscape.|
|Just look at these colours. How they stand out against the heavy, grey clouds draped over the mountain tops.|
|All the artwork featured in his garden are Henk's creations. He takes discarded, rusty relics, imbuing them with new life to create quirky, alien sculptural forms that add impact to the overall design of his garden.|
|Each of the objects displayed carries its own story and each has symbolic undertones. I wish we'd had more time to learn all the stories.|
|Our unexpected visit truly was the highlight of our weekend and Henk's garden will remain an abiding memory of mine.|
|Another of Henk's simple collections becomes an artwork in its own right.|
|The rustic, outdoor shower used to rinse off after a day in the garden or swim in the pool.|
I do hope you've enjoyed your visit as much as we enjoyed ours. Please do visit
Henk's website to view both his gallery and the video clip by the BBC in which his garden was featured in Around The World In 80 Gardens.
Thank you, Henk for a most memorable experience. I know I have not been able to do justice to your beautiful garden or your artistic talents, but you certainly don't need any help with showcasing your work. It speaks for itself!