Keeping our Gardens Flourishingon February 21, 2011
What Goes Into Keeping A World Class Garden?
We are very fortunate to have three extremely talented permanent staff members and a force of five hard-working casual workers. Together, they tackle the garden on a daily basis to keep up with the maintenance and beautification process that goes into keeping a five-star hotel garden. We definitely have our fair share of problems associated with being at the Cape Town V&A Waterfront in such close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. We experience a lot of salt water spray coming in from the waves, which is not ideal for our magnificent gardens. This has made it increasingly imperative that we replace or upgrade the garden on a more periodic basis; from annuals to perennials.
Small Changes That Make A Big Difference
Over the past 2 years, we have taken out most of the alien vegetation and increased our indigenous vegetation to 80% where possible. All the compost and top soil we make use of is bought from organic suppliers and this in turn is the way we are heading with Heritage SA. Our maintenance engineer, Vincent, headed up the team in re-doing a few sections of garden over the last few days. The project was completed with the assistance of Annatjie from Super Plants, and encompassed improving and enhancing the main circle at the entrance to the hotel, the tropical garden as well as the car park gardens. The upgrade has resulted in a fabulous, fresh appeal around the hotel, albeit a costly appeal, but it is so worth it when you see the finished product.
Have a look at the photographs of the work we’ve done, as well as some more gardening updates.