Take a drive up into the hills above Knysna, follow a long and windy road until you can go no further and that is where you will find the beautiful home of Sally and Herman Kapp. That is where we, Gardening at Leisure Club, spent a happy few hours last Friday.
Sally’s home totally reflects its warm, generous and bountiful owners, Sally and Herman. As you enter the front door you feel it. The proportions of the rooms are spacious, the furnishings are tasteful, the wall colours are peaceful and the whole effect is soothing. But, dare I say so, there are touches of creative flamboyance all over which stimulate the senses and take this home to another level! This is truly a home where everyone feels good and I am sure that Tayla and Jess, the Kapp daughters, have friends who also love coming to visit. The family have been living here in this Hilton McKenzie designed home for eight years and during that time they have developed the property themselves pushing back the boundaries, creating places for relaxation and enjoyment and loving every moment.
It was the garden, however, that we went to see and here too, one sensed order, creativity and structure. The sweeping drive leads you through an avenue of fever trees, past a beautiful mixed and colourful border and down to an area large enough for many visitors’ cars. Over a fence, where Molly and Emma, the labradors play, an exquisite orange rose was in full flower and masses of purple sweet peas clambered up and over a trellis nearby. Sally loves indigenous plants but intersperses them with water-wise specials and some special English gems.
The front of the garden is mostly dedicated to a magnificent rim-flow pool with views down the salt river and to the lagoon. I overheard one of the club ladies waxing lyrical about skinny dipping there, and who can blame her!
The Kapp home borders onto a kloof which has a river running through it and where old pine trees have been allowed to survive for the birdlife. Some have become too large and Herman has ring-barked two. He also plans to remove some large Black Woods as well which will give a feeling of more space and an increased area for developing the garden.
This beautiful garden, a most interesting speaker telling us about medicinal trees and plants which grow all over South Africa made for a wonderful morning and we thank the Kapps for allowing us to spend time there.
Contributor: Clare Miller