This place turned out to be a little gem. Sunday was a perfect winters day and we felt like getting out of Jozi,we had heard about the Aloe Farm from friends so decided to do the trip up to Hartbeespoort to visit it and perhaps acquire a few plants.
There is plenty of parking at the farm and on arrival you are greeted by a vast display of colours as you walk past the well established Aloe gardens,birds are all over as the plants were all in full bloom.
One first spend time browising the vast array of Aloes and the gardens before getting into the actual nursery where on can get indigenous plants,succulents as well as a very nice Bonsai section.
We quickly realised that this is a somewhat famous attraction in the area as visitors from all over come to see the Aloes and photograph the birdlife as well as purchasing plants to take home- a brisk trade was evident.
There seems to be a new interest in Aloes as they were often overlooked but now exhibit tremendous potential as waterwise plants with the ability to withstand dry cold conditions.
The diversity of colour and foliage makes them very attractive in gardens of any size.
Some of the newer varieties are developed for appearance and sustainability and are well suited to modern and simplistic gardens,as a bonus they attract bees and birds to your garden as well.
Afterwards we found a garden style pub down the road where one would turn to Sun City, popular with bikers and families we were quickly seated and enjoyed an excellent pub style lunch with live entertainment as well, good old country rock!The drive back to Jozi took just over an hour leaving us with most of the afternoon at home to relax – the farm is well worth a visit and we will definitely return later this year.
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Tel: 081 874 7471 R104 en route to Sun City, Hartbeespoort or find them on Facebook