The Garden of St Christopher in Hyde Park was initially a 3-acre garden. It was enlarged to an estate of 7 acres when the owners acquired the adjoining property. In keeping with the architecture of the house and the original, decades-old herbaceous borders, an Italianate garden was designed to integrate the two properties. The initial design and full implementation of the garden extension took around 4 years and was completed in 2012. Every year the garden grows and evolves to more and more reflect the home owner’s taste for tonal borders, a romantic palette as well as more formal elements.


Apart from its design and the gift of a beautiful green space in the heart of Johannesburg, the garden also holds collections of unusual and rare plants. For example a camellia-walk which houses around 50 varieties of camellias and is well known for its collection of venerable trees.