Unati’s role: A makeover for our gardens

The gardens at Flower Valley’s former pre-school are about to receive a makeover.

The site will be used to bring pre-school children in touch with nature. And the job of transforming and maintaining the gardens falls to a new Flower Valley recruit, Unati Siyotula. 

Unati completed her National Diploma in Horticulture at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, in 2017. She completed in-service training at a nursery in George, and at the Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens. In 2017 she also received full-time employment at the Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens as a gardening assistant. Here she was responsible for maintenance, propagation and leading tours. 

Unati says she sees her new role at Flower Valley as a challenge, and as an opportunity to grow. “I came from a small garden, and when I drove into Flower Valley Farm, I thought: ‘Wow’.” 

We welcome Unati to the team – and look forward to seeing how the gardens are transformed. 

Your own Erica ID kit:

There are around 660 Erica species in the Cape Floral Kingdom. On Flower Valley Farm, we’ve got 19 Erica species. (Most notably, you’ll find the Endangered Erica irregularis.) We’ve compiled an Erica ID kit of the main Erica species you’ll find in our area. And we’re making this kit available to those who have Adopted a Hectare on Flower Valley Farm.