My Wild Garden

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Creating a beautiful wild garden as a space for quiet and reflection, where birds and wildlife feel welcome

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Hello and welcome to my website that focuses on wild gardening and the incredible potential of a wild garden to engender feelings of connection to nature.

For many years I have been running the Wild Neighbours initiative with the vision of inspiring an interest in urban wildlife in Cape Town, and this work has now moved into the realm of wild gardening, as a means to creating a more intimate, on-your-doorstep connection with wild nature.

You conserve that which you understand and connect to on a deep emotional level.

Through a little bit of work and know-how, it is wonderful to see how we can transform our living spaces into thriving wild gardens filled with a rich diversity of shrubs and plants, and in so doing create habitat for the creatures great and small that live alongside us in our beautiful city. For many birds and small mammals, these urban spaces become a welcome haven where they can find regular food and shelter in an otherwise challenging and constantly changing world.

And for ourselves, our gardens can become beautiful, tranquil spaces that offer quiet and sanctuary from the bustle of everyday life. Daily interactions with nature, where we witness the ebb and flow of nature’s intricate processes, opens our eyes to the delicate magic of life and our own sense of belonging within the wider living world.

“A wild garden is more than a patchwork of habitat for wild creatures, it is also an important space where we can experience calm amidst the pressures of modern life.”
Belinda Ashton

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Everyday encounters…

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A tangle of foliage

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Creating beautiful spaces