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.
Sands of Change
Franchesca looks at the best plants for seafront dune gardens.
Installing a fully grown tree can add instant appeal to any landscape. And, although it is quite a logistical feat, it's well worth the effort, writes landscape designer Franchesca Watson.
Landscape designer Franchesca Watson explains how architects and landscapers can work together to create a rich synergy between home and garden for the ultimate living space.
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.