INTO THE future
South African Garden and Home|June 2020
INTO THE future
Revisiting the late Una van der Spuy’s garden is a reminder of this indomitable gardener’s vision
MARIANNE ALEXANDER

WHO LIVES HERE

The house, along with self-catering cottages, is available for hire.

THE GARDEN

A large, four-hectare heritage garden that includes roses, a lake, indigenous flora and many large trees.

When Una van der Spuy and her husband Kenneth moved to Old Nectar, part of an old wine farm in the Jonkershoek Valley near Stellenbosch in 1941, she didn’t know which end of a plant to put in the ground says her son Peter. Yet, over the years – apart from the existing oaks – she planted every tree in this large, four-hectare garden. “Including the one just three days before she passed away in 2012, a few days short of her 100th birthday,” he adds.

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June 2020