Kotie Retief, the founder of Gariep Plants in Pretoria, has been involved with aloes all his life. He expanded his export business in 1995 to include a retail nursery so visitors can come and go as they please. Nursery hours from 09h00 to 15h00 Tuesdays to Saturdays, and during the aloe season (around 15 May to 15 September) on Sundays from 10h00 to 12h00 as well. Both Kotie and his co-owner Sean are seasoned aloe growers and can provide expert guidance on all aspects of aloe care. The nursery is well worth a visit as Kotie has many of the currently available aloe hybrid cultivars in his show garden that becomes a riot of colour with aloe flowers as soon as the cooler weather sets in. The nursery’s popular AloExpo (that runs throughout the aloe winter season) draws visitors from far and wide.