working for the unemployed

LAVENDER HILL : Still smiling in the face of barren soil!

Vuyisile Dyolotana and Marcelle van Zyl are not your average gardeners : they are growing, planting, propagating and harvesting lavender plants… the most barren of sandy soils.

But these two people have the passion and energy of 10 people. The soft smell of lavender filters through the playground at Zerilda Park Primary School “We started planting in open lots in Lavender Hill and have some fabulously committed members of the community taking care of our plants. But sadly, many plots were neglected. So we took the project into the schools where there is water and security. And the plants are thriving, under the loving care of Vuysile and the school children”.

Link of Love will be assisting these two wonderful community workers with days of work so that unemployed people from Lavender Hill can go and plant even more lavender bushes. Plants are sold, products are made (such as handcreams and bath salts) and a lady in the community is baking lavender biscuits.

“I am so excited that through Link of Love we will be able to give people the chance to work. They will not only be doing a good deed and helping us keep the project flourishing, but will also receive healing energy from the lavender plants. Through the gentle touch of Mother Nature, we will be able to spread more love into the gang stricken areas of this community”.


Transforming a barren patch of sandy soil into a lavender heaven


Vuyisile dreaming of lavender covering Lavender Hill from corner to corner


Marcelle and Vuyisile in a school lavender garden


Where the lavender is planted the wall is painted