Garden of 25 years is ‘therapy’

2017-10-24 06:01
Zita Chee MeePHOTOs: Samantha lee

Zita Chee MeePHOTOs: Samantha lee

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This is the first word that comes to mind when describing her garden. Zita Chee Mee (63) has been working at perfecting it for the past 25 years.

Flowers, succulents, indigenous plants, vegetables, trees and herbs all have a rightful place in her lush and colourful garden that grows from her front yard and takes up most of her backyard too.

“I grew up like this – always working in a garden – and I really have a passion for it,” she says.

Her hard work has already paid off, but she is constantly working to change things up, planting new plants and sharing her knowledge with others.

“I am always adding and the garden has grown bigger and bigger over the years,” she says. “Gardening is very therapeutic.”

She has also helped create gardens at schools in the area and sells preserves and herbs harvested from her garden to raise money for Cansa.

Her garden is filled with recycled goods and trinkets and attracts several different species of birds and other wildlife.

Birdwatching has therefore become a common pastime for her granddaughter and her.

She has also brought back rocks from various lakes and rivers she has visited that she placed between her handmade mosaics and planter boxes.

While toiling in the garden is one of her favourite things to do, she downed tools alongside several other gardeners across South Africa last week.

This was in celebration of National Garden Day on Sunday 15 October, which she celebrated with family and friends.

“I wanted to celebrate last year, but I was out of the country and decided that I wanted to celebrate this year, so I invited friends and family over,” she says.

“It was so exciting to see the day come together after all the planning.”

National Garden Day is a day for gardeners to celebrate their gardens, as recent research has shown people spend less time relaxing in their gardens than gardening.

The group exchanged gardening tips, ate together, enjoyed a demonstration on seedlings with Chee Mee and also got to take home some plants.


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