Chilo Gorge Lodge Gardens

Chabaudii Aloes overlook the Save River……

Chabaudii aloes

Chabaudii aloes

 

Sabi Star…Adenium obesum is a ‘fat ‘ name for such a beautiful plant!

Adenium obesum

Adenium obesum

 

Arthur Barrie spent months last year creating these stunning rock gardens….

Arthur Barrie in his aloe rock garden ...

Arthur Barrie in his aloe rock garden …

 

A joyous splash of pure colour….

Winter colour...

Winter colour…

 

The Chilo garden team strike a pose…

The Chilo Gardeners

The Chilo Gardeners

 

Jephias, James Arthur and Enoch…..

Jephias, James Arthur and Enoch

Jephias, James Arthur and Enoch

 

This ethereal view could be a setting for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, except that it is mid winter!

ethereal view

ethereal view

 

Arthur gives a lesson in compost making, an essential component of managing the waste from the Chilo Gorge kitchen and gardens……

the compost heap

the compost heap

 

Chilo Gardens, gorgeous red succulents in bloom….Kleinia fulgens is the name, I think!

Kleinia fulgens...?!

Kleinia fulgens…?!

 

Back to the setting for A Mid Winter’s Dream….!

a setting as spectacular as any theatre stage-set!....

a setting as spectacular as any theatre stage-set!….

 

The Aldo Leopold bench that I dreamed about placing in the Chilo Gardens last year is now a reality, and to sit on it at this time of year is to be immersed in dozens of Scarlet chested sunbirds – a surreal and dreamlike experience!

The Aldo Leopold Bench

The Aldo Leopold Bench

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lin Barrie The Save Valley Conservancy stretches along the upper reaches of the great Save River in the south east of Zimbabwe. The Gonarezhou National Park laps against the southern banks of the Save River and between these two nestles the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. These three celebrated wildlife areas form part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, (GLTFCA)- a unique wilderness jewel which is home to the “Big Five” (endangered Black and White rhinos, elephants, buffalo, lion, leopard) and the ”Little Six” (Klipspringer, Suni, Duiker, Steenbok, Sharpe's Grysbok and Oribi). Endangered African wild dogs, Cheetah, Brown hyena, Bat-eared foxes and a host of special birds and plants contribute to the immense variety of this ecosystem. Communities around the GLTFCA contribute to innovative partnerships with National Parks and the private sector, forming a sound base on which to manage social, economic and environmental issues. This is home to artist and writer Lin Barrie and her life partner, conservationist Clive Stockil. Expressing her hopes, fears and love for this special ecosystem with oil paints on canvas, Lin Barrie believes that the essence of a landscape, person or animal, can only truly be captured by direct observation. Lin Barrie states: “Through my art, and my writing, I feel an intimate connection with the natural world, and from my extensive field sketches of wild animals, people and landscapes, I create larger works on canvas. Lin's work is in various public and private collections in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Australia, England, Canada, Sweden and the United States of America. She is represented by galleries in South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Kenya and Florida, USA.
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