Over a 30 year period my father and I created these gardens. But the time came for me to move on and they are now the pride of a new family, who bought Sequoia Gardens in November 2016. In due course a link to their new blog will be posted on this site. For now it is the story of my involvement only.
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 (1450m) means that it is relatively cool, and its setting in the mountains means that by South African standards rain is extremely plentiful. The result is a temperate softness which is not typical of Africa at all – yet within 10km you can find true African scenery as well! The garden part of the farm covers about 6 hectares (15 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. As from July 2015 I returned to full time teaching at a private school in Polokwane, 60 km away, and I now live in that city.
Also check out http://www.mooseyscountrygarden.com – a wonderful gardening site where I have contributed to the forums for years.