Editor and writer the new magazine, The Indigenous Gardener, Anno Torr, is a passionate lover of South African flora. Her passion has evolved into a deep concern for the survival of our floral heritage, the environment they inhabit and the organisms they co-exist with.
This on-line gardening magazine has grown out of this concern, and aims to share knowledge, opinions and ideas whilst encouraging the use of South African plants in our gardens. Begun in September 2011, the magazine originally had a typical website design but significant increases in downloading speeds allowed the launch of its new digital page turning format in January 2012.
natural systems keep the balance
The broad aim of The Indigenous Gardener is to foster the understanding that the natural systems that work to keep our environment in balance are as important within our gardens as they are within our last remaining natural areas. Whatever our preferred design style, whether a wild garden or the more traditional ‘tidy and pretty’ garden, it is possible to achieve it in a sustainable manner that will help to create wildlife habitats and corridors of connectivity between urban gardens and our cities’ wild open spaces.
Articles focus on all aspects important to garden eco-systems, from creepy crawlies, fungi, reptiles, birds, butterflies ‘n bees, to garden design, indigenous plants, soil structure, climate and sustainable gardening practices.
For only R170 per annum, South Africa’s only indigenous gardening magazine is accessible from the website, www.theindigenousgardener.co.za.
Anno is also the Chairman of Iphithi Nature Reserve, a 12 ha urban reserve on the doorstop of her home in Gillitts, Durban, and is a member of The Botanical Society of South Africa and Kloof Conservancy.