Lucas - An artist with flowers
Lucas was born in Port St. John, a city located in the Eastern Cape. After completing his primary and secondary education he knew that he would have difficulty affording any continuing studies. Without anyone in his family working at the time, Lucas and his mother decided that it would be best to move to the Western Cape in search of work. After moving to Gansbaai, Lucas found a job in a flower shop where he arranged flowers and made bouquets for customers.
With this love of plants instilled within him, Lucas got a job with Grootbos in 2008. Soon, after speaking to many of the students who were working at Grootbos at the time, he became interested in the Green Futures programme. He was very interested in gardening, but didn’t have much experience in the practices needed to be very successful. He saw Green Futures as an opportunity to learn much more about the subject that he loved.
Lucas applied and was accepted into the Green Futures programme in 2009. He loved learning about the different plants and how to properly grow them in the Western Cape environment. He was selected to participate in the Eden Project, in Cornwall, England, for his practical in June. Here, Lucas learned about how others take care of their plants and also met many new people. This was his first time traveling outside of South Africa.
After Green Futures, Lucas was employed by Grootbos as a member of the landscaping team, which is a post that he still holds today. Utilizing the skills he learned in the flower shop years ago, he is now responsible for arranging the flowers for the Grootbos Lodges and has done so for the past five years.
In the future, Lucas hopes to gain more knowledge about landscaping, and using the skills learned through Green Futures, Lucas dreams of one day starting his own landscaping company.