Sequoia Gardens is a beautiful forestry farm in the North of South Africa, near the Tropic of Capricorn; it lies above Magoebaskloof between Polokwane and Tzaneen and 150km from the Kruger Park. Its elevation (1500m) means that it is relatively cool, and its setting in the mountains means that by South African standards rain is plentiful. The garden part of the farm covers about 6 hectares (20 acres), much of it lightly cultivated woodland, some intimate and formal.
Jack of all trades, that’s me… teacher, gardener,marketer, wannabe author/journalist: I returned to teaching for 12 years, teaching mainly English at a local private school. I am a professional gardener as well, having over the years developed my passion into some sort of career – I call myself Jack Holloway the Gardener when I wear that hat. In September 2011 I bought MountainGetaways, the local tourist marketing trio of quarterly magazine, webpage and map http://www.mountaingetaways.co.za to which I have had a link on my homepage ever since I started my blog. I also do marketing for http://www.warriors.co.za – a local gap-year program.
I encourage visitors to my garden, including those from overseas, and can put together a package tour for 2-6 people. Obviously the focus is on gardens and plants, but the Kruger Park and many other wonderful destinations are within a 3 hour radius. I offer self- catering accommodation in the garden – see ‘Visit/stay at Sequoia Gardens’, the green button above the header.
Also check out http://www.mooseyscountrygarden.com – a wonderful gardening site where I have contributed to the forums for years.