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This garden is a true plant lovers garden.  With several different microclimates creating diverse environments for plants, the garden becomes a horticultural journey.  Built on a high sand dune exposed to winds from every direction, the first objective was to create shelter, both for the owners living on the hill, and for the plants that had to grow there.  From the lower slopes where we could create a parklike environment with deciduous trees and beautiful lawns , to Southern windswept slopes where only hardy natives could grow and then to the fiercely dry Northern slopes where we planted succulents and South African plants, we have created a botanical collection.  It provides wonderful seasonal colour and habitat for birds and humans out of a previously inhospitable environment.

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Shafer Design Studio is a landscape architecture design studio with a team of passionate and collaborative designers producing high-quality landscapes. At Shafer Design Studio, we strive for innovation and imagination in all projects undertaken.

Simplicity, clarity and structure along with timeless design are features of Shafer Design Studio projects.

The team involve clients in the design process from the very beginning, being sensitive to their needs and the characteristics of the existing landscape and architecture. Rather than imposing our own style on a client’s garden, we prefer to act as tools, by which the clients can bring their own ideas to life. 

Past clients have appreciated our open communication and willingness to create a design which is unique to their tastes and lifestyles. We prefer to keep away from fads and flashy design which can quickly date- instead we work towards simple, timeless gardens which will maintain their integrity for years to come.  

“People who are involved in the process feel as if their gardens belong to them, and tend to enjoy them better.”