Waterwise Plants / Indigenous Nursery in northern Johannesburg
Eddie Tshisimba Labyrinth – giving our story meaning!
The story of the Eddie Tshisimba Labyrinth is a long and winding one. In essence this beautiful winding Labyrinth represents our struggle in building this waterwise plant nursery and is dedicated to Eddie Tshisimba (our Site Manager who died in a car accident with his mother and 1yr old son on 24 Dec 2012.)
Eddie’s death stunted our growth by almost a year, he was the professional builder in our team, he was the driving force of our 30 staff and the building of our nursery, he was an inspiration to all his co-workers due to his rising up from a controversial squatter camp north of Dainfern (where Steyn City now sits) to a landlord of his own built-up RDP house in Cosmo City, and Site Manger of our up-and-coming waterwise plant nursery in North Riding AH.
His death caused everything to collapse for us. In fact, we almost closed down before we even opened our doors to the public. I believe the building of our labyrinth, which was in dedication to Eddie, was the driving force that kept us alive and kept everyone going forward.
Labyrinth Nursery – Succulent Plant Nursery is BORN!
So, we changed our name from Love Landscapes Wholesale Nursery (at the time) to Labyrinth Nursery. And, in some way, this labyrinth has given our nursery a soul, a meaning deeper than just a plant nursery, deeper than just a business, deeper than just a garden, it’s God’s labyrinth and we are blessed to have received His inspiration when creating it all those years ago!
This is a spiritual labyrinth where life can be pondered. Hardships can be defeated. Memories can be planted like seeds. A place where you can place a photo of your dead relative or loved-one and come and visit from time to time.
We love that idea. And, one day when customers become more than just customers, using our labyrinth as their very own accessible memorial to their own loved-ones, we will be honoured to be that place for them. Sharing in life with those who look for meaning. It is an honour we will always strive for!
Yes, we decided to build a succulent nursery, because we love succulents and all sorts of waterwise plants. But, along the way we realized that this is in fact God’s nursery, His will is always done here, we may have our own plans and guidance that we try to impart, but God is always in control of what goes on at Labyrinth Nursery and how quickly (or slowly) we progress.
Sometimes it feels like our path is winding because our labyrinth is winding, but it’s just the way life is, in order to appreciate the true value in things, there must always be an opposite to compare to. To truly appreciate success, there must be countless failures. To truly appreciate victory, there must be countless defeats. To truly appreciate well-being, you must indeed have tasted suffering!
The spirit of this labyrinth WILL find you, when the time is right in your life!
The time is right when the time is right, but ONLY when the time is right!
Great way to teach the kids about spirituality!
But, it’s also fun for the kids, who may not take it as seriously, but enjoy running around after each other in circles, taking each turn at high speed!
Kids are closer to their free-spirit-selves and can find the fun in everything, so while you’re pondering life, your toddler can just enjoy something a bit different, out of the norm, to add a bit of meaning to their own young lives without even knowing it!
Why we specialise in succulents / vetplante at our nursery!
Labyrinth Nursery specializes in hardy waterwise plants / vetplante / succulents and we pride ourselves on our extensive range of beautifully shaped and coloured succulents to give your garden that something special.
But, the reason may be a funny one to those who care to listen, our nursery possibly grew too quickly, we amassed around 100,000 plants in a very short space of time (with our 30 staff), so quickly in fact, that we had to retrench most of our staff before we were even open to the public!
So, with alot less staff, and the fact that in the first couple years we used to water by hand (because our irrigation wasn’t installed yet), some less hardy plants started to diminish (or even wither away!)
Over time, you can imagine with the harsh highveld climate, that we would suffer even more losses. This was very evident when we finally got to installing our irrigation and plants were piled up on top of each other while the trenches were being dug and the pipes and sprayers installed!
After all of this, only the toughest most drought tolerant, most waterwise, most hardcore plants survived all of this. And, due to cash-flow issues, and practicality, we only ever bought stock of succulents and other hardy indigenous plants! We needed to make sure that whatever stock we bought, would survive our issues with water, power (for the borehole) and possibly forgetfulness 🙂 … hence Labyrinth Nursery – Johannesburg’s Succulent Specialists!
Come and experience our ‘World Of Succulents‘ for yourself, and possibly find a piece of your SELF!!