Spring is in the air. The jasmine smells divine, there are sprigs of mint in the garden and lemons are already dropping off trees. Our Johannesburg Guesthouse gardens are looking so pretty with the new blossoms and guests are loving spending weekends outside under the trees.
A lot of work goes into a Guesthouse garden. It’s important to provide a sanctuary for guests, not just in their bedroom, suite or cottage, but also outdoors. Whether it be in the communal garden or in a small private garden it is important that there are cosy chairs or loungers, gorgeous flowers or shrubs, some lawn, different textures and colours, and most importantly, peace and quiet.
Our Guesthouses provide all that. And because our properties are smaller than hotels it is not unusual for guests to be woken by the sound of birdsong and to hear it all day. Johannesburg is one of those cities where there are still tons of birds in the city. We have the largest man made forests in the world and it is really lovely to sit outdoors and watch the weavers building nests or the honeybirds feeding on fruit.
There’s also a huge trend towards indigenous planting, and also to self sustainable vegetable and fruit gardens. Most Johannesburg Guesthouses today have their own veggie gardens, grow their own herbs and have lemon and lime trees. Right now some of the gardeners will be found sewing seeds of tomato, cucumber, squash and butternut, and artichokes will soon be blooming and providing.
The herb gardens are amazing, often growing right through winter, especially in sunny spots. How delicious it is to have fresh herbs with your freshly made omelette in the morning? Very delicious! Ask any of our visitors.
We’re lucky in The Parks as our properties are big so our gardens are big. All our Johannesburg Guesthouses are quiet, with no noise from the neighbours and plenty of space for solitude. One or two of our guesthouses have pavement gardens and Amanzi Guest House was recently featured on television for their spectacular vegetable communal pavement garden.
There are quite a few nurseries in the area – Colourful Splendour is in Craighall, The Garden Shop is in Parktown North and Monkey Fountain can be found in Randburg. Closer to Sandton is Life is a Garden with Garden World a bit further out in Muldersdrift but great for an outing.
Liz at Lancaster Guest House has the most colourful garden pots and best smelling coriander, Cotswold Gardens Guest House has truly spectacular birdlife, Hands on Retreat has it’s own private forest, the bougainvillea at Zoo Lake Bed and Breakfast is spectacular, and Premiere Classe Suites will soon have the road lined with Jacarandas. Each and every of our Guesthouses is really in a spectacular position.
So. Enjoy the spring sunshine, the fragrant smelling air, the Jozi peace and quiet. And if you haven’t managed to experience Spring in Johannesburg yet, come soon. It’s really a beautiful time.