A garden for all seasons

Elizabeth Kendall

Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa

Artist's Description

A Garden for all seasons! Cheerio Gardens, (Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa) with it’s diverse selection of indigenous and exotic trees explodes in intense shades of yellows, oranges and reds during autumn.
In September the Flowering Cherry trees burst forth in clouds of white and pink blossoms and many visitors flock to the gardens to enjoy the colorful display. Banks of azaleas put up a wonderful display of warm pinks, purples and magenta.
A bit of history:
Cheerio Gardens was established by Sheila (Box) Thompson after she was discharged from the army in 1946. She was a keen botanist and wanted to establish indigenous plants in the area. Because of the cool temperatures in the valley, she also decided to grow deciduous trees and shrubs from the northern hemisphere. These included maples and flowering cherries which boasted beautiful autumn colors.
A lot of the indigenous bulbs were eaten by bush pigs, porcupines and moles. Even tree ferns were eaten by porcupines during the drought.
The garden was eventually established by Box Thompson, Audrey (Googoo) Thompson and Station (a Mozambican).
All the terraces where made by hand, and the love and dedication that went into the task is visible as you wander along the moss-covered pathways.
The garden has stayed in the same family since inception. Their vision is for visitors to enjoy the peace and tranquility the gardens have to offer.
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PHOTOGRAPHY: Nature
Canon PowerShot S51S
One of the TOP TEN in a challenge in AFRIKAANS
21 July 2013.

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