A great Zimbabwe garden

How does one describe a garden like this when it leaves you, not breathless, but totally speechless? This show stopper of a garden, which belongs to the MacDonald family, won the 2015 NAGC Garden of the year for the category: two acres and more garden.

[vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”623″ img_size=”300×450″ qode_css_animation=””][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”630″ img_size=”300×450″ qode_css_animation=””][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”629″ img_size=”300×450″ qode_css_animation=””][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”628″ img_size=”300×450″ qode_css_animation=””][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”627″ img_size=”300×450″ qode_css_animation=””][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”622″ img_size=”300×450″ qode_css_animation=””][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”631″ img_size=”300×450″ qode_css_animation=””][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”617″ img_size=”300×450″ qode_css_animation=””][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”618″ img_size=”300×450″ qode_css_animation=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Kim Macdonald, a carpenter by trade and a creative and fun man by nature, has only recently become a gardening addict and is especially hooked on aloes, succulents and bromeliads. Unbelievably, he has turned around this garden in 14 months, yes just 14 months! Now I feel neither the beginner nor the green fingered gardeners have any excuses in achieving the dream garden. Admittedly, there was a good basic foundation to the garden before he started. However, when the Aloe and Cactus Society visited his garden 14 months ago, they came armed with a variety of plants, which kick-started his enthusiasm for gardening. Since then, he has nearly bought out every Aloe and Cactus Society sale, every bromeliad seller and much more to create an exuberant, lush and intriguing tropical garden.

With all his enthusiasm and creativity, he has designed the ideal garden, which is full of different nooks and crannies. Every little space has its own character, accessible via the countless paths that lead you across bridges, over the raised delicious monster walk way,[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]past a waterfall streaming down a proud granite rock and even up to his small recreation of The Great Zimbabwe ruins hidden very majestically at the back of his house. I walked around his garden three or four times to make sure I had taken every path, examined every view, yet there was always something new to discover.

With wonderful towering trees, Kim has used a lush collection of shade-loving exotic plants beneath them adding to the wonderful jungle-like feel. You really feel as though you are on an expedition. After trekking through the jungle, you come out to an opening of a large granite rock, which Kim calls the drier side and has used beautiful aloes and succulents to adorn it. Walking up the slight hill, alongside the rock, you are welcomed by the miniature version of Great Zimbabwe – a great way to end the expedition! Besides using aloes as architectural features, he has left this place very natural as it fits in so well with the surrounding granite rocks, making it feel like this is the real thing.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]One feature that complimented everything was the colour of the exterior of their house: cement. I don’t think this would work for any old house, but it has for the Macdonald’s as it blends in with the surrounding granite rocks. Kim has used his carpentry skills to embellish the house with beautiful wooden windows. But above all, as the house melts into the background, the garden becomes the hero, and I can’t think of a more perfect way to end this story[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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