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Michael Hendricks

Michael has spent virtually his whole life in the Blaauwklippen Valley. He knows this valley and understands its soil. He knows when it will rain and when the wind will blow. It is in his blood.

Both his parents worked in the vineyards on the farm Waterkloof which then belonged to Mr and Mrs John and Joan Collins when Michael, one of fourteen children, was born here in 1953. He completed grade 4 at Weber Gedenk Primary and went to work for Mr Hennie Roux. At the age of seventeen he returned to Waterkloof where he worked until 2004 except for a short stint with a construction firm. He joined the Kleinood Vineyard team in 2004. As the farm developed, Michael soon showed that gardening was his first love and that he was extremely knowledgeable in this field. He takes great pride in his gardens where he leads his small team of young gardeners with a strong, but loving hand.

Michael met his wife Kathleen when she was working for the Morkel family on Kompanie’s Pad, where he worked in the gardens on weekends. Now Michael is the father of four grown children and the grandfather of a little girl.

It is from Mrs. Collins, he says, and from the gardening books she gave him to page through during the 21 years he worked with her, that he developed his love and skills for gardening. “So it came into me”, he says, and adds that ever since he started working, he preferred gardening to working in the vineyards. He loves and understands plants. He doesn’t talk much, but when he does it is worth listening. He is a law unto his own and plans his work according to the needs of the gardens and what the weather brings.

He loves his job, he says, and is happy to come to work every day to work with his plants and teach his young team to tend to Kleinood’s gardens and share his skills. It is here that he will retire one day, because he wants to see these gardens, that he planted and nurtured with so much toil and care, grow and become what he had envisioned when he first started working at Kleinood.

"It is here that he will retire one day, because he wants to see these gardens, that he planted and nurtured with so much toil and care, grow and become what he had envisioned when he first started working at Kleinood."