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.
A Gardener's Canvas
Franchesca Watson contemplates the importance of cohesive planting in creating an evergreen backbone.
Earth-Saving Garden Design
Franchesca Watson looks at ways to strengthen your garden's green credentials by minimising its impact on the environment.
Franchesca Watson talks about the crafty skill of incorporating works of art into your 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.