A Tour of Ladlau's Renowned North Coast Garden

UKZN alumni were treated to a special morning recently when fellow UKZN graduate Rosemary Ladlau kindly agreed to give a tour of her renowned garden on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.

Ladlau, who studied on the Pietermaritzburg campus in the 1940s, is a distinguished flower arranger of international repute and a former chairperson of the World Flower Association, as well as an honorary member of the South African Flower Union.

She lives in her Beverly Estate homestead in Simbithi. The house is set within her world famous garden that she has been tending since 1947. The garden was relatively wild when Ladlau first arrived and she undertook its transformation with focus and determination, and has created a breathtaking sub-tropical oasis under a canopy of massive indigenous trees, attracting garden enthusiasts from all over the world.

She showered fellow alumni with her warm hospitality, providing refreshments both before and after the tour. Ladlau explained how she had started the garden and how it was constantly evolving and changing. She led the tour around her extensive garden and fellow alumni were most impressed by her great knowledge of the various plants and by the beautiful garden that she has created over many decades.

In June, the indigenous garden of another UKZN alumnus, Elizabeth Forsdick, will be visited on the South Coast.


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