Entrepreneurs turn to crowd funding for their business

mooibosMooibos Gardens is a startup company bringing vertical gardening into any space. It all began in the year 2012, when six commerce students of the University of Cape Town, competed in a year long Business Strategy project amongst 450 students. The Mooibos team was awarded first prize, which consisted of seed capital and consultation hours to launch the business.

Currently, three of the six team members, are pursuing the Mooibos Gardens business and are launching their product, “the Mooibos”, through the crowd funding site

The concept behind the Mooibos is to allow anyone to have a vertical garden on their wall. The product consists of a wooden framed box, which securely holds an array of pot plants. Very little space is needed and the Mooibos has been designed so that putting it up on your wall is as easy as hanging up a picture frame.

The launch through Thundafund, “the Crowd Funding Café for Creatives & Innovators in Africa”, allows the business access to funding and customers and is a way of helping the business enter into the market. You can pre-order a Mooibos on the Thundafund site, as well as pledge funds towards the Mooibos campaign. The launch is also going to allow the team the opportunity to sell different sizes and colours.

“Once your Mooibos arrives, it is ready to use and all it needs is your love and care for it to stay healthy.” – Shaun Michaels, one of the Mooibos Gardens founders

The Mooibos Gardens company has many future plans, and the main focus of the three young entrepreneurs, is to bridge the gap between those who garden and those who don’t.

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Which plants to use for a vertical garden?

I’ve recently built this retaining wall and would like to create a vertical garden by planting in and around the sandbags. Could someone please advise me what plants to use? I am based in Durban so they would need to be suited to our climate.


A Greenwall with Cypresses?

I think this is just amazing:

A green wall created at the British National Gallery, a recreation of Van Gogh’s ‘A Wheatfield with Cypresses.’

Bridget McNulty

flowers garden succulent

Vertical Gardening

Vertical Gardening is a new concept in the gardening world. Vertical Gardens are also referred to as living walls, bio walls, or green walls. Patrick Blanc is the inventor of the modern Green Wall. His ‘mur vegetal’ projects being the best known of modern Vertical gardens or Green Walls. A Vertical Garden can basically grow anywhere, in homes, offices, schools, galleries, museums, hotels, shopping centers, airports, restaurants, cafes, bars. The list is endless. Basically, anywhere there is a wall or a flat horizontal surface.

Mur Vegetal
Mur Vegetal

Plants are attached to the exterior or interior of a building or surface. Plants root in a structural support which is fastened to the wall itself. The plants receive water and nutrients from within the vertical support instead of from the ground. Vertical Gardens can be a solution for screening walls, introducing greenery in urban lifestyles, promoting interest in gardening, improving air quality, lowering energy intake and introducing an interest in horticultural art. Almost any kind of plant can be incorporated into a vertical garden, including annual, succulent, perennial, ground cover or vine plants. These container gardens can be used in locations where there is not much space, such as patios, balconies and small courtyard gardens.


This gardening trend is gaining fast recognition and popularity internationally but is yet to establish itself in South Africa fully.

• A Green Wall acts as a bio filter, enhancing air quality by breaking down