About Us


Living Desert Plants is a home-based specialist plant nursery focusing on rare succulents and cacti. We are not a large nursery, and rather place our focus on succulents that are not generally available in retail nurseries. Much of our range is imported and propagated before being made available. At Living Desert Plants, you will find the weird and wonderful that you cannot find easily elsewhere.

What started as a tiny collection on a single table, is now a fully-fledged home-based nursery. This is the LDP story.

This venture found its roots as a hobby-turned-business created by Harry Lewis in early 2018. Harry was able to get the nursery up and running using valuable knowledge gained from his years as a nature conservationist. His respect and admiration for nature is at the core of LDP’s ethos, and this extends to the nursery plants in our care. Whether it’s plants for sale or plants in our personal collections, we give them the individual attention they deserve, and provide them with the highest possible standard of care.

As the collection of rare exotic and indigenous succulents grew, the business needed to expand. In December 2021, LDP overhauled its brand identity. The website was completely rebuilt, and a large variety of new nursery plants and accessories was made available for sale online.

Just over two years later, at the start of 2024, we re-opened the nursery in Stellenbosch to visitors.


Visitors are welcome to make an appointment any day of the week to visit the nursery in Stellenbosch. Harry is not always available, so be sure to contact him well before your planned visit to avoid disappointment.

If you are not in Cape Town or surrounds, we can courier anywhere in South Africa with The Courier Guy.

All our plants are legal, nursery grown specimens. We have been certified by Cape Nature as a registered Grower and Seller of Protected Flora since 21/05/2018. 

The Team

Harry Lewis

Founder and owner

A rare plant collector with a background in nature conservation, Harry has a passion for everything nature. He founded Living Desert Plants in 2018, and has been assisting avid succulent enthusiasts in finding special plants ever since.

- Elita F

Received my plants and came in excellent condition. Thank you for good service and for my lovely plants!

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