The owner, Warwick Bayer, tells the story of how we started…..
I started Shadowlands in 1994 with some savings, a pension payout, a bakkie, 72meter square tunnel and some ground offered by a friend. My last employer had warned; “Jy, Mannetjie, gaan nie weer maklik 'n werk kry nie!” and I will always be grateful for that challenge. The idea was to grow shade-loving plants and produce young plants for other growers. Shade plants turned out hard to grow - there is an awful lot of sun at Kuils River. Young plants were seldom taken up by other growers - they would select hard to grow or unusual plants only and I could not achieve a ready market resulting in having to grow on my own young plants and then ended competing with my own clients.

Antoinette Brooks, then of Mountain Streams Nursery was one of my earliest clients, buying a bakkie load of stock over the phone, never having met me before, while the le Roux Family of Robertson Garden Centre were also an early generous supporter.  A big boost came with the landscaping of the access road to the V&A Waterfront, Marina Landscaping's order allowed us to buy a first truck and now we could deliver properly, not putting plants on the dash-board and behind the seat.
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