Jan Blok, lauded garden designer at Boschendal, is the forerunner of innovative garden design in Southern Africa. Jan’s innate sense of space and proportion, coupled with his intuitive ability to rework the land into an impressive design, have sowed the seeds of rejuvenation at Boschendal. Jan’s focus at Boschendal is on agrilandscaping, an innovative sustainable technique which elegantly integrates agricultural harvests and revenues into beautiful landscapes.
Jan’s meticulous attention to detail is apparent in the green vistas and architectural lines of the naturally abundant food garden, applying edible landscaping to each aspect of the garden. It is from this very garden that most of the fresh natural Boschendal produce is sourced, served daily at the Werf and Rhone restaurants, as well as during seasonal picnics and also available for purchase at the Farm Shop & Deli.
Having obtained his National Horticulture Diploma at the Durban campus of the (then) Technikon Natal, Jan worked in the cut-flower industry in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal and later in the Netherlands. Upon his return to South Africa, Jan pursued his passion for garden design and, in 1995, founded Blok Designs.
Jan’s designs now have broad appeal and his client base extends to Europe, with regular features in local and international media. Jan was a Principal Member SALI (South African Landscapers Institute), and was the Chairman Natal of SALI for 2 years and the National Chairman SALI for 1 year.
Jan won top National Award for best In House Design & Construction in Landscape 9 years in a row, was lauded with 42 Gold Awards for projects from SALI over 10 years and published book “A Sense of Space” in 2009 which has currently sold out 5000 copies.
When Jan is not immersed in conceptualizing, he loves enjoying everything that farm life has to offer.
Boschendal is one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa. Sitting on a picturesque 300 year old farm in the Franschhoek Valley , it is known for its award-winning wines, farm-to-table cuisine, and fresh produce.