ABOUT

Village Gardens is a landscaping and garden design company situated in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. We offer our landscaping services all over the Cape Town region, both in the Northern Suburbs and Southern Suburbs, within a 60km radius of Tokai.

We specialize in water wise gardens which is especially helpful during our drought seasons when we have water restrictions, not to mention, very easy to maintain. We also specialize in edible gardens such as vegetable gardens, herb gardens or indigenous edible garden design.

There is no garden too big or too small for Village Gardens. If you have very little space and cannot have a garden, we offer planters or container gardens which can be used inside or outside and we utilise the space that you have to make it work for you.

We don’t just create your garden or redesign your garden, we will also maintain your garden for you. We offer seasonal maintenance and will prune, pick, pluck, dead head, weed, drink coffee and lots more.

At Village Gardens we cover all your garden related needs. We also do ponds, water features, fire pits, grey water systems, jojo tanks and irrigation. Anything garden related, give us a call and we will be able to help you with your garden design.

Our prices are very competitive, in fact, we are quite sure we can beat any quotation and confident that we can work with any budget.

Village Gardens will be presenting “Nature’s Garden” for the Cape Town Flower 2017 show.
The garden represents a realistic garden that is achievable by people passionate about being water wise and outdoor living.  We have incorporated indigenous and water wise plants with our lovely fresh edibles. The natural fire pit center piece was inspired by the South African’s love of the outdoors and open fires. Life takes over with cell phones, tablets, children, work and inevitably stress so Nature’s Garden is full of natural love, easy maintenance with water wise plants and luscious healthy edibles. They say garden therapy is the best form of therapy… Tracey says, “I say it’s probably cheaper as well 😊”.

 Meet the Team

Tracey’s passion for gardening started from when she was knee high to a grasshopper and is as strong as ever. Tracey’s passion is driven by our ever-changing world; climate change is resulting in our precious commodities being destroyed but Tracey has strong beliefs that we have a chance to save what little we have left.

Tracey was born in a Village in Dorset, England and is the proud founder of her landscaping and edible garden service Village Gardens that has been growing rapidly over the past four years. The company’s secret to success is very much based on excellent service provision and the that fact that Village Gardens is a dynamic company that is ever changing depending on the client’s expectations and the shift in our climate. Village Gardens specializes in small to medium sized water wise and edible gardens. Other services include hard gardens, more traditional gardens, indigenous edibles, container gardens and of course, seasonal maintenance. Tracey has sourced an excellent partner to assist with drip irrigation and Jojo tanks to help us though the dry seasons. Village Gardens has a team of 3 landscapers and a brilliant group of guys that are passionate about ensuring everyone can have the garden of their dreams. The staff are all extremely respectful and Tracey says they are even happy to save an odd bee or two struggling in the pool; ‘That’s just how we are’. Tracey is very proud to say that 10% of all monies made by Village Gardens is donated to animal charities including 4 paws and Panthera Africa.

Tracey is very humbled to add that she has been fortunate to write for the Fairlady’s garden pages, Seeff magazine, Bay Magazine’s garden pages as well as offering garden tips and advice in the Billboard magazine. Tracey has also managed to squeeze in an interview with Pippa on Cape talk to discuss her passion for gardens and edibles.

Tracey Cole

Tracey Cole

Founder & Owner

Andrew Goosen

Andrew Goosen

Landscaper

I am foremost a husband and a father, who just so happens to love nature and the outdoors. My career as an award winning Golf Course Architect has taken me to various parts of the world and given me the pleasure of working in and with a wide variety of landscapes, from Arid to Tropical. It has also gifted me the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of the fragility of the world we live in and the importance that we have to play in nurturing it and the environment. Moving from Golf Course Design to Landscapes has been natural diversion for me and I am thrilled to be working with such a passionate team and in a very rewarding discipline. Through my diverse tertiary education qualifications, career portfolio and professional affiliations I add a broad range of expertise and experiences to Village Garden and I look forward to helping Tracey and her team deliver spectacular projects.

Debbie

Debbie

Landscaper

Having spent the past 20 years in the landscaping industry I have learnt so much and have had some truly amazing experiences. I thrive on taking a bare and barren garden and with the help of the Village Gardens team we transform drab to FAB. Going back to a client after 4 to 6 months to see the results of our work is probably the best for me. Early in my career I learnt a very important lesson, when going to see a perspective client one must listen intently to their ideas and thoughts. My job is to guide them through the process and advise if their idea will work or not… at the end of the day when we pack up our tools the client MUST be happy. I have worked all over the peninsula from Somerset west, Durbanville to Simons Town, the diversity of plants and the change in the soils is so important to understand. I never get bored of doing gardens, it defines me. We as landscapers have had to change our way of thinking as the drought continues. Choosing more indigenous plants, hardy and of course water wise is the biggest part of that change. We should now be steering away from the English Country garden to the Cape Country garden, which I have to say is creating wonderful gardens….

George Chimuti

George Chimuti

Foreman

Hi, my name is George Chimuti, a Zimbabwean citizen living in South Africa. My interest in gardens began with doing agriculture at school as my practical subject. Now working with Tracey Cole of Village Gardens makes me even more interested in gardening. My favorite is edible gardening as I find it amazing how nature works with plants. I encourage people to grow their own herbs and vegetables because knowing what you use to feed and treat with makes you confident that you are eating 100% organic. I'm saying so because some products are labeled organic on the market but you never know what types of fertilizer and pesticides they use. At Village Gardens we encourage people to grow their own herbs and vegetables because you know exactly what you use to feed and treat them. When it comes to landscaping, with help of two female landscapers I work with for Village Gardens, makes me more and more interested in gardening. Knowing the names of plants and what they require to grow is an amazing experience.

Chwayita Tshisela

Chwayita Tshisela

Intern

Originally from East London, a Small town in the eastern cape that has a hidden inspiration for nature. As most would know, this is a town with more nature then urban development, something that took moving away to Cape Town for me to appreciate it even more.
I’ve always been drawn to the science field, which is why I moved to cape town in a pursuit of an electrical engineering career, however what I did find is that I couldn’t be any further from my passions. Which are at heart a bit farfetched from a developing world and acquiring as much materialistic valuables to falsify fulfillment which i find detaches us further from nature. All I knew was that I want to do something that will have an impact in the world, not just in the narrow minded sense of considering human beings and what’s best for our civilization. What I discovered when I moved to cape town where there’s bigger buildings that departmentalize the city and technology plays a bigger role in the day to day life, was that there has to be more to living. Most probably in an unconscious state I put the dots between my small little upbringing and my new somewhat bigger environment and all I thought of was that there has to be a way to not lose how far we’ve gotten as humanity, which by the way we have so much that has changed for the better, and a way of keeping our souls, which I associate with nature and staying truly connected to life (i.e. plants, animals, human beings.)
My end goal qualification is Landscape Architecture, simply because the concept of connecting all forms of life through design has to be the most mind blowing concept to me. Changing terrains, restoring environments, creating recreational spaces, designing for efficiency among humans and other living forms is without a doubt a highly fulfilling dream for me.