Pictorial gallery of our last 2 meetings

Posted by on October 19, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

Pictorial gallery of our last 2 meetings

Our September meeting was hosted by Ruth Knowles, a ‘swallow’ who lives  6 months of the year in Knysna and the remaining months in the UK. The talk was on spices, their origin and uses.     Thank you Carol for organising the wonderful garden ramble in October.  We visited Carol’s enchanting garden, then we were off to Jack Morley’s inspiration garden.  Jack is 97 years old this year, a bit frail but the twinkle is still in the eyes! Next was Sylvia Kluyte’s garden and lastly Joan Spencer’s Monet inspired garden.  Thank you  for sharing your beautiful gardens with us.  A real tonic after the ‘Great Knysna’ fire. Carol’s Garden   Jack and Voni Morley’s Garden   Sylvia Kluyte’s Garden   Joan Spencer’s Garden Photographs: Dirk van der Zeyden & Esther Townsend     Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...

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MINIATURE GARDENS DELIGHT KNYSNA RESIDENTS

Posted by on October 19, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

MINIATURE GARDENS DELIGHT KNYSNA RESIDENTS

This garden, “Metelerkamps Tea”, was done by a lady only identified as Yolandé. KNYSNA NEWS – Knysna’s Gardening at Leisure club recently held an exhibition to show off the art of miniature gardening. From 12 to 14 October, people could view these miniature gardens at Metelerkamps in Waterfront Drive and hopefully got some ideas on starting the hobby for themselves. According to club chairperson Denise Voysey, miniature gardens are especially appropriate in view of Knysna’s current water restrictions Knysna. “We usually had open garden exhibitions, but it has become too expensive and we do need to save water. Click here for a photo gallery. “We thought this exhibition would be a good idea to show people that anyone can make a little garden of their own. It’s a good hobby to get into,” she said. Voysey said that there were about 70 miniature gardens on show cultivated by members and nonmembers of the club. At the miniature garden exhibition was (from left) Denise Voysey, Esther Townsend and Kathy Michaelides who are all actively involved in Knysna’s Gardening at Leisure club. Esther Townsend, the club’s web administrator, said the public loved the exhibition. “They come in, faces looking all normal, but when they leave there’s this little smile on their face that shows they loved it,” she said. If you missed out on the miniature adventure, there’s a video of Kathy Michaelides, treasurer of the club, talking about the miniature gardens below: Read a previous article: Miniature gardens on show ARTICLE, VIDEO & PHOTOS: STEFAN GOOSEN, KNYSNA-PLETT HERALD JOURNALIST ‘We bring you the latest Knysna, Garden Route news’ Posted on: 07:23 Thu, 19 October 2017 Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...

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Christmas lunch.

Posted by on October 17, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

Christmas lunch.

Please book and pay at our next meeting on the 3rd November. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...

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November meeting

Posted by on October 15, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

November meeting

  We are in for the treat of the year!  Lesley Turpin-Delport world reknown needlecraft artist will give us a talk and demonstration entitled ‘Botanical Needle craft’  on the November 3rd., 2017 at the Leisure Isle Bowling Club.  Time: 10.00 am.  Visitors are welcome, R20.00 per person.   No need to bring a chair, but don’t forget your mug for tea. Lesley has a Fine Arts degree and postgraduate teaching diploma and has been an enthusiastic teacher, lecturer and author of art and needlecraft since the early 70’s. She has taught needlework in many counties including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, UK, Europe and the USA. Apart from many exhibitions in Johannesburg, she has also exhibited work in Japan, Maastricht and London. Les Designs (established in 1988) offers a wide range of freestyle embroidery kits, creative threads and books. Delicious Embroidery, her 9th full colour book, is a joint venture with her daughter Nikki. Ancient inspiration with a modern twist is Lesley’s favourite teaching style.  Les writes articles regularly for international needlecraft magazines. She is currently working on private commissions on art and art embroidery. Lesley currently resides in Knysna, South Africa.   Some of the exquisite embroidery done by Lesley:   Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...

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Miniature Gardens 2017.

Posted by on October 12, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

Miniature Gardens 2017.

Our very successful exhibition ended on Saturday 14th at 1.00pm. The Exhibition is now behind us and  it is time for thank you’s!  First of all to Kathy Michaelides for her enthusiasm and hard work, without all her beautiful little gardens the exhibition would not have been so impressive.  Also thank you to Denise Voysey, Nicky Rutherfoord, Bridget Tisdall, Margie Lynch, and Jen Shaw, for being on duty most of the time, and then off course all the participants who made the most amazing little gardens.  Thank you ladies. This years little gardens were varied and of high quality; two little gardens depicted  a landscape after the devastating fire of June 7th, there were succulent gardens, fantasy gardens, terrariums and a zen garden. Log on to the Knysna Plett Herald link: https://www.knysnaplettherald.com/News/Article/General/miniature-gardens-on-show-20171013 to view some of the exhibits and the interview with Kathy. Below a gallery of some of the miniature gardens. Log on to the KnysnaPlett Heralds website:   Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...

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2017 Miniature Garden Exhibition

Posted by on September 16, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

2017 Miniature Garden Exhibition

The Miniature Garden Exhibition hosted by Gardening at Leisure will take place on 12th , 13th October from 9.00 to 5.00 pm., and morning of the 14th October from 9.00 to 1.00 pm. at Metelerkamps, Waterfront Drive, Knysna. To partake bring your exhibits on the morning of the 11th, there is NO entry fee and you can exhibit as many little gardens as you wish. Conventional containers should not exceed 400mm x 600mm, ‘natural’ containers eg.  seedpods or driftwood can be bigger. For more information call Kathy 082 3208302 or Esther 072 4661781 Categories include: Cottage gardens Contemporary gardens Fantasy: Fairy gardens, Prehistoric Formal gardens: Clipped hedges, topiaries Terrariums Zen gardens Natural landscapes: Forest, Seashore, Lagoon, Dunes, Wildlife reserves Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...

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Brenton Blue Butterfly

Posted by on August 5, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

Brenton Blue Butterfly

BRENTON BLUE NEWS – JUNE 2017 To all friends and neighbours of the Brenton Blue butterfly – welcome to your latest newsletter! You can obtain more detailedinformation about the Brenton Blue butterfly itself on the website www.brentonblue.org.za, or about the Brenton Blue Trust at www.brentonbluetrust.co.za.  The management committee (MC)for the Brenton Blue includes representatives from CapeNature, WESSA, EWT, LepSoc Africa, the Knysna Municipality (KM)and local residents.   Annual General Meeting (AGM) The 2017 AGM of the Brenton Blue Trust (BBT) was held on the 27th May 2017. New trustee representatives Jeremy Dobson and Mark Williams attended for the first time. Activities of the BBT were reviewed, and included annual reports of current projects such as the COREL (Custodians of Rare and Endangered Lepidoptera) programme, the SALCA (South African Lepidoptera Conservation Assessment) project, and the Karoo BioGaps project. Notable achievements during the year under review included:   Finalisation of the terms of a contract nature reserve agreement with the KM to expand the Brenton Blue Butterfly Reserve (BBBR) from its original 1.6 ha to and expanded area of 15 ha. Agreement in principle with Stellenbosch University to create a 1200 ha contract nature reserve near Witsand to conserve Dickson’s Strandveld Opal (Chrysoritis dicksoni). Completion of the research into the ecology of Barber’s False Bay Ranger (Kedestes barberae bunta) at Strandfontein on the Cape Flats. The financial position of the BBT was currently robust enough to support all foreseen activities for the next two years.   The Knysna fire of 7th June 2017 The Knysna fire of 7th June 2017 also raged along the Brenton Peninsula, destroying dozens of homes, many in Brenton-on-Sea, location of the famous BBBR. The 15 ha expanded BBBR (see above) was severely burnt, leaving only very hardy trees such as candlewoods still standing, although badly scorched. After the fire there was no sign of the butterfly’s larval host plant, Indigofera erecta – not unusual because it is currently in its dormant winter state with underground rootstocks.   Dr Dave Edge, who received his PhD in 2005 for his work done on the ecology of the butterfly, says that the intensity and extent of this fire was completely unprecedented in living memory, as far back as when Brenton-on-Sea was founded in the mid-1960s. Several factors coincided to produce such a fire. Firstly Brenton (and indeed the whole Garden Route) had over the past nine months experienced a very severe drought, with rainfall less than 25% of the norm experienced since weather records have been kept for the Knysna area, and this had dried out the vegetation. Secondly, a proliferation of alien vegetation had increased the fuel load, and many of these alien trees were actually dying because of the drought. Thirdly, the closure of the Brenton-on-Sea garden waste disposal site had meant that residents were deterred from cutting woody plants on their plots. Fourthly, peak daytime temperatures had been up in the mid-thirties for a few days before the fire, as a result of a strong berg wind (from the north). And finally an incredibly strong westerly gale gusting at up to 100 km/hr rapidly brought a fire which had ignited in the Karatara area to the Brenton peninsula, where firefighters became helpless to stop it as it was able to jump fire breaks and wide roads....

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Once upon a time in Paradise.

Posted by on July 16, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

Once upon a time in Paradise.

The 7th of June will be imprinted on our minds for years to come, as this day changed the  lives of many  Knysna residents.    Some  of us suffered damage or total loss,  some of us were traumatized by the event, and many of us are just to old to rebuild the lives that we once had. Our once green hillside transformed into a war torn zone with the skeletal   remains of once proud homes etched against a backdrop of blackened trees and shrubs. The stillness after the ‘Great Fire’ was eerie, not a bird in sight, not a dog barking, no happy chatting of gardeners in the street. The scouting birds soon put  the message out that there is an abundance of food available at certain remaining homes. Owners have been putting out fruit and water to feed these poor creatures.  On Brenton hill the blackened remains of trees are daily festooned with disks of oranges that attract the nectar feeders of the area. An interesting observation in our  property is that members of the Apocynaceae family acted as a fire retardant – where the trellises were covered with star jasmine, the structures were untouched, yet the exposed trellises went up in a puff of smoke. The verge that use to be a magical mix of various succulents and fynbos, succumbed in the fiery blaze, yet the aloes are now resprouting;  battle scarred, but bravely producing new leaves.   I hope that this event will bring home the impact of invasive species in Knysna; Bottlebrush and Australian myrtle burned to cinders,  just like the wattle species, Fountain grass vaporized, and Lantana added fuel to the fire, Washintonia palms went up like candles. It is a documented fact that invasive alien species intensify heat, they are highly combustible and will fuel any fire under normal conditions, let alone the ‘perfect’ conditions we had on that day. It is time (albeit too late) to take action against people or landowners who do not adhere to the Law. Organs of State, (Sanral, Escom, and Municipalities) must now get their houses in order and formulate their Management Plans for the eradication of invasive species before October this year. They already had one years extension!  From next year they are accountable …… The buck stops with the Estate Agents as they are morally duty bound to inform the seller and the buyer that the Law requires   the seller to notify the buyer of any invasive species which may occur on the property.  The Voetstoots clause in ‘Offer to purchase’ document will no longer suffice. All landowners must also remember that Category 1a & 1b must be removed and controlled, Category 2 plants need a permit, Category 3 plants may remain under certain conditions. Remember, the invasive plants will come back in their millions – a cohesive plan should be in place for the removal  of the new saplings  before they get established and form large colonies. If action is not taken   we will be nurturing the  biomass for the next great fire. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...

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August Meeting

Posted by on July 16, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

August Meeting

We had to change the venue and speaker (Ouland Royal) scheduled for our August meeting as they were victims of the Great Fire. At our forthcoming meeting we want to share our experiences, the knowledge gained and how to plant for the future. See map below for directions. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...

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DP Ferreira – Floral Artist extraordinaire.

Posted by on June 5, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

DP Ferreira – Floral Artist extraordinaire.

Reflections of  our meeting of the 2nd June, at Jenny Pott’s garden. By  Marilyn Woolfrey. On a truly beautiful, sunny winter’s morning we set off for what promised, for me, to be one of the treats of the year.  It turned out to hit the jackpot!  Not only did we have one of Knysna’s most talented artists to demonstrate to us but we visited a farm with views to die for and a charming walled garden – out of place in some ways but gracing the southern entrance of the farmhouse.   A quiet and introspective space for a home that shows off such magnificent views in all directions. The drive off the Rheenedal  road wound through the woods with a glimpse of a miniature landscape view of the Heads in the far distance.  Always an anchor for positioning yourself in Knysna’s 360 degree vista.   Sea, mountains, rivers – we have it all and as a relative newcomer of 2 years I am still frequently enchanted . We were greeted at the farmstead gate by a number of very handsome horses behind the requisite post and rail fence.  Before us, looking like it had been there forever, was the most delightful home of Jenny Pott – this had to be the most inspired choice of venue for a floral artist. DP Ferreira, set up on the veranda, framed beautifully by the wisteria, surprisingly still in full leaf. DP’s first huge creation came almost entirely from his winter garden.  He used grasses and long forgotten flower seed heads and foliage with just a few small proteas strategically placed.  It made me realise I was probably far too tidy in my garden and next year I shall wait until the promise of spring before I hack back the beauty that waits patiently to be noticed! Next was the exact opposite of the winter wonder – this bowl was filled with blousy, exquisite blooms and a fanciful mix of colours, textures and eco systems!  At times my mind cried enough! but the end result was just stunning – traditional but not, clashing but not, somehow peaceful together.  Perhaps a relevant lesson for us all from nature in these turbulent times. Finally, proteas at their best, simply – they need no accompaniment apart from the clever and thoughtful display. The morning concluded with a sumptuous tea and eats (never fails to provide lubrication and fortification for the chatter that follows).  A huge thank you to both DP Ferreira for his inspiration and talent and Jenny Pott for the awesome setting.   Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...

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