Plant mom extraordinaire

It was happy happenstance that I came across Saffron de la Rouviere’s profile on Instagram.

I had put the call out on my story – being a newish plant mom and looking to grow my plant family – for recommendations for new plants and where I could buy them. A dear friend of mine pointed me to Saffron’s Garden.

I made my way to her profile, thinking I’d find the normal plant account/plant shop, only to be (very) pleasantly surprised.

Read my Q&A with her to find out why.

Tell me a bit about yourself?

I’m Saffron – yes that’s my real name 🙂 I grew up in the Karoo and I now live in Hout Bay with three cats, a dog, a very feisty toddler and over 200 indoor plants. I love plants, swimming, eating melktart and listening to my toddler sing. 

When did your “plant mom” journey start?

My husband and I lived in a very small apartment in Tapei, and after a year of doing that, I realised that I missed having a garden and direct access to plants. When we moved back to South Africa, I insisted on a small garden so I could start gardening. My mom was also very heavily into gardening and plants and we bonded over becoming succulent-obsessive together. 

Goals, guys.

I love the idea of your plant club (Yes, she has a plant club!) When and how did this come about?

Over time I realised there was a very large community of plant lovers on Instagram and so I reached out to a few with the idea that we organise a meet-up – this turned into the official Cape Town Plant Swap and we had so much fun at these events that I realised I really enjoyed the sense of community that plants could foster in people.
I wanted to find a way in which people could experience this sense of community in their very own day-to-day lives – and then that’s when I thought of a plant club, and even better, one where members would get a surprise plant every month, adding to a collective buzz and excitement in the community.

I also decided to add local businesses to the offering of each month’s package, thereby expanding the community to not only plant lovers, but plant-related businesses.

Blogger side-note: I can’t believe no one ever told me plant clubs exist! How cool is this?

Genial 🙂

How do people sign up to the club?

They can purchase a subscription to the club, via my online shop, or simply by sending me an email or a DM on Instagram.

What was your very first plant?

My very first plant was a cactus that I bought when I was about nine years old. It was tiny and now it’s pretty large. It’s been through neglect and even a teenage friend setting it on fire (Blogger: hahaha – I don’t mean to laugh, but this is funny!). Now Im waiting for it to bloom.

Lil Mr Die-hard

Your top 3 favourite plants?

That’s a very difficult question to ask any plant lover. But I’d have to say the rarer Philodendron plowmanii, the ever-so-reliable and profoundly beautiful Monstera deliciosa and the exotic-looking Calathea orbifolia.

Any advice/words of wisdom for other plant lovers out there?

Even expert gardeners have plants die on them. Green-thumbs don’t exist, only a few set of rules: Always feel the soil of your plant before you water it, indirect sunlight satisfies most indoor plants and keep an eye out for pests.

Photos Supplied by Saffron.


  1. My favorite lindt chocolate is the lindt milk chocolate truffles. The finest chocolate filled with an irresistibly smooth chocolate.

  2. I found Genial 🙂 .. I love plants just as much . The philodendron Plowmanii is exceptionally beautiful 😍

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