Margaret Roberts passed away.

Posted by on March 5, 2017

Margaret Roberts

News 24. Cape Town – Herbal specialist Margaret Roberts passed away, her daughter confirmed in a social media post on Saturday.

Sandy Roberts’ post on the passing away of her mother was shared over 1 100 times on Facebook by Saturday evening.

In her post, she said her mother died after spending a short time in hospital.

“It has been an honor (sic) and a privilege to be your daughter mom and work alongside you creating our dream at the Herbal Centre. I miss you more than words can say and will do my best to continue our work so that your legacy can live on.”

Roberts was a strong contributor to popularising all things herbs in SA for over 35 years. She has delivered lectures on herbs and was also a qualified physiotherapist.

Roberts operated the Margaret Roberts Herbal Centre in Magaliesburg. Here, she propagated the ideologies of natural living.

The centre boasts herb gardens, a nursery, apothecary, potager garden, chapel, lecture hall and even a fairy gallery.

Margaret Roberts Lavender


I had the opportunity to organise a lecture by Margaret for a Garden Centre in Randburg in 1983,  just after the launch of her first book.  This is where I first met this remarkable lady, who against all odds carved a new career for herself, writing several books on herbs in later years, establishing a successful herb nursery,  launching eco-friendly pesticides, and became a TV personality.  But despite all the fame she remained true to her principles; being modest and passionate about the magic of her favourite plants – herbs.

I will remember her with fondness and will treasure the gift of Margaret Robert’s Book of Herbs.

~ Esther




  1. So sad to hear of her passing, used to watch a lot of her programmes on tv.
    She always believed in what she was doing. Condolences to her family in this heartbreaking time.

  2. RIP Margaret, you were our Herbal remedy Guru, and your legacy will live on!

  3. Such a wonderful lady that I had the pleasure to meet. I treasure my copy of Book of Herbs signed by Margaret and dated May 1984

  4. We are so very sad to hear of your marvellous mother, Margaret’s sudden passing away last year. We didn’t hear about it til now. We are so happy we had the privilege of meeting her and speaking to her at the herb garden when we visited in August 2016. We had planned a ladies retreat there maybe for this year not realising she had passed. She was a wealth of information and such a special lady. She and Jimmy spoke at length on water storage and reticulation, something very useful in the drought situation in the Cape Province. We send our sincere condolences to you all and may her legacy live on through you. With love jimmy and Di Emslie Grahamstown E Cape.

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