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Random Harvest Nursery announced as Supplier of the Year by SALI

At their Gauteng year end function, SALI (South African Landscapers Institute) announced to our overjoyed Wholesale Sales team that  Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery had been selected by them as Supplier of the Year. What an honour!

We stock over 800 species of South African flowering plants, and the wholesale nursery team (Jeffrey, Sydney, Bridget and Meshack) are well equipped to help you choose plants that are suitable and suggest replacements for exotics or those not available on your list. 

You can contact Bridget in the office on 082 553 0791 for quotations.  Should you not have bought from us before, please do pop in and introduce yourself, and spend time looking at our inspiration gardens that showcase some of our South African plants for sale.

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Seven Steps on How to get a Beautiful Lawn this Spring.

A good garden design will see your indigenous garden looking beautiful through all the seasons.

But our lawns often suffer and don’t look their best by the end of winter.  I have had many customers at Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery asking for spring gardening advice, particularly on how to achieve a healthy, beautiful lush green lawn in time for summer.

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The First Day of Spring in South Africa

Happy First Day of Spring! Come and soak up the splendour that explodes from the nursery at this time of year. With such an amazing diversity of plants indigenous to South Africa, we are truly spoilt for choice.

Spring has greeted us dramatically at Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery this year. The lovely cold snap of weather at the end of winter has emphasised the welcome warm sunshine of the beginning of spring.

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10 Great South African Indigenous Plants for Children's Gardens

Not many people seem to know that South African Indigenous plants provide the most wonderfully rich gardening experience for children.

Getting into the garden with your child can be a daunting experience if you don’t know much about plants. That's why we thought we'd suggest ten of our favourites for children, from Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery.

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Growing the Indigenous Bulb Scilla natalensis

Have you ever wondered how to plant bulbs? We grow the beautiful Scilla natalensis (Blue Squill) bulbs here at Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery, and thought we would share with you how we grow them. They are such a lovely accent plant with their large grey green leaves, that even when not in flower they are very handsome indeed.

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Seven Reasons that Gardening is good for children

Every child needs a garden, no matter the size.

Getting kids outdoors to have fun doing activities in nature has many benefits.

Here are seven reasons that Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery believes gardening is good for children.

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Indigenous Shady Gardens - beat the Greenhouse Effect

Creating a colourful, shady indigenous forest garden in your back yard may seem an impossible task.

Most people these days feel that their small outdoor spaces are unsuitable for creating a tree-rich shady haven.

At Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery, Jeffrey and Fritos have transformed a very hot, small courtyard space into a unique indigenous shady garden with astounding attention to detail in their garden design.  Not only did they look at the key elements of a forest, but they created the garden with their nursery customers frequently asked questions about gardening in the shade, in mind.

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Create a Butterfly Balcony Garden

The best way to invite butterflies to your balcony or patio garden is by creating habitat to encourage them to take up residence. Habitat is simply a place where a living creature can meet all of their needs for food, shelter, water and a place to breed. You can provide for all of these needs in an indigenous plant container garden on your balcony, so that you can enjoy beautiful butterflies even in a tiny outdoor space.

Our most recent display garden gives you plenty of ideas on how to attract butterflies to your own beautiful butterfly balcony garden by using indigenous plants.  Here are some great tips from Linda De Luca and her team at Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery to create the best “invitations” for butterflies to your container garden. 

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Waterwise Gardening in a drought - Video

You can still have a beautiful garden, reduce your water consumption and cut your water bill too.

In this video, Linda De Luca of Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery shares four great tips and information for you on how to achieve a waterwise garden in dry times.

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Restoration of a Grassland at Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery

Standing in the veld grasses, tucked away at the bottom of Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery, it is hard to believe that this was once a dense stand of alien invader trees, Black and Silver Wattle.

All around one the sounds of nature buzz and hum, and on close inspection the diversity of herbaceous Highveld indigenous plants is staggering.

Carol Knoll, former editor of Footprint magazine has captured this diversity beautifully in her article "Restoration of an Indigenous Grassland at Random Harvest Nursery"

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