“The area is about five degrees hotter than Johannesburg in summer, and has reached lows of -14°C degrees in winter, with black frost almost nightly in July. Many of our plants are propagated here and a lot are purchased from Bristle Cone Nursery around the corner, as they are already acclimatised to the area, Hogan says. “Our water comes from The Skeerpoort River, which is one of the cleanest rivers in the country. Its source is in The Cradle of Humankind, and because it is cave water, it is extremely high in lime, so you will find very few acid loving plants in the garden.
“The farm is run strictly on organic principles, without the use of any pesticides, herbicides or artificial fertilisers. There is also plenty of wildlife in the area. We have spotted leopard, brown hyena, impala, waterbuck, rooikat, civets, and many other species of mammals. We even caught a crocodile in the wetland attempting to take our longhaired dachshund, Calaban,” Hogan says.
“The bird life in the area is unsurpassed. We regularly have blue cranes and Cape vultures visiting. Our neighbours have large herds of antelope, and their giraffes are often spotted eating our roses over the fence. The garden is continually evolving and we plan to extend it right up to the river later this year.”