Franchesca authors a monthly column for the South African House and Garden magazine, a member of the Conde Nast stable of international publications. In these articles, Franchesca writes about garden design matters in a delightfully forthright manner, choosing her subject matter and images personally.
Take a Leaf
Always on the look out for new sources of inspiration, landscape designer Franchesca Watson lists her favourite reads for 2009.
The Big Idea
We've all heard of conceptual art, even land art, but what about conceptual gardens? Landscape designer Franchesca Watson explains the principles behind it.
Garden designer Franchesca Watson discusses the wow factor big leaves can bring to a garden.
Stellenberg is an iconic house in Cape Town, a miraculously unspoilt and classic example of the Cape Dutch style. Built in 1685, it is still a gracious family home set in spacious grounds which feature a series of gardens which have become world renowned. Franchesca has worked with the owners since 2001 designing sections of the gardens to complement the historical house and to take the gardens into the 21st century with relevance.
In Franchesca’s candid words the journey that the garden has taken over the years is revealed, the idiosyncrasies and secrets of the garden discussed and insights offered into the specific challenges and everyday care of a garden of this calibre.
There is a rich collection of pictures taken at all times of the year so that the design structure can be appreciated and the planting understood.