Should you wish to contact us all the details are available on this page. Please take note of our open hours for Retail Nursery visits.
firstname.lastname@example.org for all export, mail order and wholesale order enquiries as well as anything related to marketing, accounts & the valuation of bulb collections.
email@example.com for all general enquiries relating to propagation, the plants we grow, invasive species and sustainable agriculture consultancy.
Mobiles: Leigh: 082 921 8946 Johann: 082 894 0212
International Mobiles: +27 82 921 8946 or +27 82 894 0212
Fax: 086 673 1998
International Fax: +27 86 673 1998
Telephone: 012 207 3403
International: +27 12 207 3403
SPRING TO AUTUMN 2018/2019: Open Most Saturday 9am to 4pm (we will be closed on Saturday 20 October)
Sundays & Public Holidays: Closed on Sundays & closed on Public Holidays unless we announce otherwise – WE WILL BE OPEN ON THURSDAY 9 AUGUST 2018 from 9AM TO 3PM. We close between Christmas & New Year ie from 23 December to 2 January.
Weekdays: Please phone in advance.
EXPORT & MAIL ORDER – OPEN ALL YEAR
*Our greenhouses and propagation areas are not open to any visitors whatsoever!
We are situated on the south west corner of the dam, 7km from Pecanwood Golfing Estate, heading due west towards Skeerpoort, on the left hand side of the road diagonally opposite The Coves Estate.
Johann and Leigh have had 21 years’ experience in the indigenous plant industry in South Africa after co-founding and managing Simply Indigenous Nursery Hartbeespoortdam for 16 years. Simply Indigenous Hartbeespoort was a multiple award winning specialist retail nursery. We were also partners and managers in Penrock Seeds & Plants for 5 years. At the end of 2006, we felt that the time was right to start our own business focusing on the extensive propagation of geophytes in particular indigenous South African bulbs. Waterwise plants are becoming a necessity in many parts of South Africa and this was also one of the reasons why we decided to stop growing and selling trees, shrubs and groundcovers and focus on bulbs, rhizomes, tubers, geophytes. Please note that we are not associated in any way with the wholesale nursery, Simply Indigenous on the KZN south coast.
The SA Bulb Company is owned by Johann & Leigh (nee Ellis) Nieuwoudt, a husband and wife team who met at university 31 years ago, sharing a mutual love for books, animals, remote places and dreams (some very lofty no doubt) of hiking the length of the ‘foothills’ of the Andes, ‘swimming the Amazon’, trekking through the jungle to the tepuis and living in Patagonia or Brazil. All these years later, we have had some amazing adventures on our travels in Brazil, Mexico and cruising across the south Atlantic but as life usually goes, some dreams materialised, others not………..’yet’, although the love for South America is (for Leigh) as strong as ever and who knows what the future might bring. Being workaholics, the businesses dominated every aspect of our lives for much of the past 2 decades. Its all about attitude, absolute passion for what you do and believing in yourself despite life’s many challenges. What does the future hold? Books, hopefully 2 or 3 at least and a much anticipated move to the Cape in the very near future where conditions for growing all our beloved winter bulbs will be easier.
Johann has a Masters degree in Sustainable Agriculture from the University of the Free State, a BA degree in Development Studies (Third World Studies) and Anthropology from the University of Johannesburg & he completed 4 year theoretical studies in Nature Conservation from Technikon RSA. He loves the natural sciences and is of course an avid plantsman with ‘very green fingers’. He served on the executive council of the SA Nursery Association representing indigenous growers & has contributed to gardening programmes in both television & radio as well as print media.
Leigh has an Honours degree in Political Science from the University of Johannesburg. She was a geo-political researcher before joining Johann in the horticulture industry. She has been a lifelong student of global politics with a particular interest in Latin America, is a keen writer with varied interests & ardent supporter of animal rights and wildlife preservation and a bulbaholic of note. She has spent the last 2 decades marketing and administering the companies and was instrumental in developing the very successful export divisions of all 3 companies.