Ina Paarman’s garden features four serenity ponds that reflect her love of trees
By houseandgarden.co.za | October 17, 2016 | Category Gardens
‘My son and I are tree fanatics,’ explains local food doyenne Ina Paarman. ‘They’re symbols of life and wisdom as well as being a haven for birds, people and plants. So when we saw this property more than a decade ago – complete with so many mature corks, camphors and Turkish oaks – my son, Graham, said, “We have a responsibility to buy this place and save these trees from any overzealous developers.” ’
‘The garden is ever evolving,’ says Ina. ‘It’s a constant work-in-progress, which keeps it engaging for me and the gardeners.’ Among the Constantia garden’s many features are a duck pond, a waterfall and a herb garden from which Ina regularly forages for herbs to use in her on-site development kitchen, where she works on their product range. This past year saw the addition of four serenity ponds devised by garden designer Mary Maurel, who worked with landscaper Heimo Schulzer.
Spread over three tiers, the garden includes a succulent section built on top of the office roof (the office skylight is just visible to the bottom left) featuring Elegia tectorum, Aloe sp., Agave attenuata and Cotyledon orbiculata