Gar­den in­spi­ra­tion

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Suzette Nortjé of Sa­sol­burg writes One day I hap­pened to be trav­el­ling through Sharpeville when I came across this beau­ti­ful gar­den. Res­i­dents re­ally bat­tle with their refuse as the mu­nic­i­pal­ity doesn’t take it away. There are hardly any clean open spa­ces but as the lo­cals ex­plained to me: what must they do when they don’t have a ve­hi­cle to take it to the dump?

But in the mid­dle of all of this is a gar­den oa­sis: it’s tiny – about 5m2 – but ab­so­lutely lovely. The grass is green, the plants are healthy and avid gar­dener Sa­muel Thokoa has cre­ated a fo­cal point with thought­fully placed plants in an in­ter­est­ing de­sign. I’m lucky to get bags of kraal ma­nure, so one day I de­cided to de­liver some to him. I didn’t get to meet Sa­muel but later de­cided I’d also take some wa­ter­wise plants and this time he was at home. What a plea­sure it was to meet him – and he was so sur­prised that some­one ad­mired his gar­den; he was speech­less but very proud!

I re­ally feel he and his gar­den de­serve a place in a mag­a­zine. I think Home is the right choice be­cause it is for us or­di­nary folk who make some­thing out of noth­ing and within our means. The pic­tures I took don’t do it jus­tice – I hope his gar­den will in­spire oth­ers in Sharpeville to make their sur­round­ings more beau­ti­ful.

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