[MORE ABOUT ELVIRA]
Elvira grew up in Jestetten, a small town in southern Germany surrounded by mountains, forests and pastures. In spring and summer, she would walk in the fields and forests, picking flowers; she says she always knew what grew where in each season. Her mother was an avid gardener who cultivated flowers and vegetables. Despite the wonderful garden and environment in which she grew up, Elvira feels that gardening in the South African climate is a more rewarding experience than in Germany.
She arrived in Cape Town from Southampton on a Union Castle Safmarine boat in 1975 and moved to Johannesburg soon afterwards. “The sheer variety of plants that can be grown makes gardening here exciting and interesting. And it’s so different to Germany where you get a break from gardening in winter – here it’s a year-round job!”