Photographs Kosie Jansen van Rensburg l Styling Melissa Rautenbach
Conrad Conradie and Louise Steenkamp are passionate about growing plants. Even when they lived in a basement apartment in the heart of London, these plant enthusiasts had a garden.
“We travelled through Europe and Africa for a number of years but in our early thirties returned to Conrad’s hometown of Wellington, where we leased land on the slopes of the Groenberg mountain and started growing organic vegetables,” says Louise. “Using that produce, we supplied veggie boxes to households and restaurants in the Boland. One year, though, the demand for artichokes was so low that the plants bolted and produced the most beautiful blooms. I still remember feeling a little despondent that all that delicious produce was going to waste as we simply could not consume it fast enough!