Ikhaya; Home by Stacey Bright
RHS Medal - Silver
Garden Name: Ikhaya; Home
Designer: Stacey Bright
Contractor: Keyscape Gardens
The garden is designed to evoke a feeling of farm living within the city. The clean lines and minimalism of modern society, combined with wild tendrils and indigenous South African flora, allows the visitor to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, back to the basics of picking what we eat, having our feet on the ground, and connecting with nature.
The garden is predominantly planted with edible plants, so the outdoor space not only provides an area to relax and unwind but also functions an open-air pantry!
The title is Ikhaya, which means 'home' in Zulu. Reflecting this, the garden is inspired by South African living and incorporates dust, rust, and greenery into a contemporary living environment.
About the Designer
Stacey is a horticulturalist based out of Cape Town, South Africa, who is currently finding her feet in the garden design world.
From a young age, she knew she wanted to spend every day in the garden – come rain or shine. Being in South Africa certainly meant more shine than rain!
At high school, Stacey took an interest in vegetable growing and alternative methods such as hydroponics and no-till gardening. This is when she realised there was a lot more that goes into making a garden function than it just being pretty to look at. From here she went on to study horticulture.
A few years ago Stacey really became focused on growing her own food, and after enough pestering, her mum put the vegetable garden into her hands. Stacey started advertising the vegetable garden on Instagram – taking pictures of every tomato that ripened, all the gorgeous earthworms and every sprouting seed. After a bit of interest from a locals, she was approached by a neighbour for her first design project.
From here Stacey has been fortunate enough put her hands in the soil, designing a few local and community vegetable gardens. She’s shared her passion along the way, promoting sustainability and the benefits of growing your own produce.
Constantly inspired by gardens like Babylonstoren and Boschendal in Cape Town, as well as the kitchen garden of Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux quat'saison in Oxford and Jardin Potager de Chateau Miromesnil in France, Stacey one day hopes to work on projects like these.