Designing an award-winning garden with Paul Martin

We are delighted that award-winning landscape and garden designer Paul Martin will be returning to Kwendalo and hosting a talk for nature and gardening enthusiasts on the 26th January 2023.

Martin has been working with Kwendalo for the past three years on the design and development of our gardens, including the chakra and medicinal herb gardens, providing insightful support and guidance as we continue to grow and evolve. He is dedicated to using his wealth of knowledge about plants and deep understanding of habitat conservation to create exterior spaces that combine a myriad of influences and design elements with proportion, mystery and planting at the heart of his designs. Paul Martin Landscape and Garden Designs was the first ever recipient of the BBC People’s Choice Awards at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Martin’s talk – which will be held at Kwendalo’s Harmony Centre – is aimed at both amateur and professional gardeners who are enthusiastic about creating green spaces that are regenerative, indigenous and harmonious with their surroundings. He will present a two-hour event covering the elements of designing an award-winning garden.

The Essentials

Date: Thursday, 26 January 2023

Time: 18.00 – 20.00

Location: The Harmony Centre, Kwendalo, Plettenberg Bay

Price: R175 pp including a welcome elixir and snack upon arrival prepared by our resident chef of the Green Cafe, Yolande van Papendorp.

Optional, at no extra cost: Saturday, 28th January 2023 16:00 – 17:30 a guided walk around Kwendalo Gardens with Paul Martin and Gardens Manager Gift Lwazi.  

All proceeds support The Harmony Project which is being implemented by the Kwendalo Institute at the Bahia Formosa School, Plettenberg Bay. 

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Paul Martin graduated from the College of Amenity Horticulture located in the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, in 1986. Having spent the majority of the course training alongside skilled horticulturalists specialising in plant physiology, Martin established himself as an innovator in landscaping. With 11 gold medals for show gardens to date, he is regarded as one of Ireland’s leading garden designers.

In 1989, he founded a studio to combine expertise in horticulture with high-technical skill in design implementation. Working with clients internationally, Paul Martin Landscape and Garden Design has since completed large-scale urban design and landscaping, state commissions and show gardens. His portfolio also includes commercial landscaping for hotels and resorts, rural country estates and private residential gardens.

Over the past two decades, Paul Martin Landscape and Garden Design has received 11 gold awards and three Best-in-Show awards for show gardens. He has returned to South Africa, and Plettenberg Bay, on a number of occasions to visit Kwendalo Gardens, offering expert guidance to the team on the estate and helping to shape our gardens into what we hope, in time, will become some of the most beautiful and inspiring in South Africa.

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