Project Description

Luck Garden

This garden was once a dismal blank patch in an urban space. Being barren and sandy with a low organic content, subject to coastal winds which make garden establishment difficult if ignored, and the dull flat surface meant that this space really didn’t have very much going for it. Today it is a beautiful little garden and wildlife haven nestled in a residential complex in Sunningdale, Cape Town, South Africa.

Cape Town resides in a biodiversity hotspot. The Cape Floral Kingdom is the smallest of our planet’s floral kingdoms, yet hosts the greatest diversity of endemic species. Fynbos constitutes the largest vegetation type of the Cape Floral Kingdom. With urban expansion and the fragmentation and shrinking of natural spaces, the consequent threat to biodiversity is real. We can’t change what we are as a species: we are designed to change our environment; it is written in our DNA – but we can off-set our impact by turning our own gardens into something useful for other inhabitants of our planet.

This garden is a tiny refuge for birds, small animals, reptiles and insects. The garden also serves as a link between the natural spaces of the area. In this instance, a necessary ‘pit stop’ between Rietvlei wetland reserve and the Blouberg conservation area.

Life tends to congregate around water for so many different reasons. Think of great cities and natural water holes. In this instance a water feature was created in a reconstituted stone planter. This is relatively low-maintenance with water plants to oxygenate the water and keep it clear of algae.

The plants were selected for their contribution to the seasonal succession of mostly indigenous fruiting and flowering plants. These endemic plants provides food for endemic birds and insects.

An on-going maintenance plan, with a scope of work aimed towards garden development plays an important role in the longevity of the garden. Environmentally soft gardening practices are sought after and employed. Knowing the difference between beneficial insects and pests is part of this practice.

There is a water-wise irrigation system and plenty of owner involvement and interest.

Gardens need not only serve their owners, and other life in our gardens is quick to remind us of this.