Knysna Rose Show

Posted by on March 26, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Knysna Rose Show

    The Knysna Rose show is holding their 11th Rose Show on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April at Woodmill Lane Mall. We invite anyone who has a rose or roses to join in our show and bring the blooms to Woodmill Lane on Friday 13th from 7am to 9am where they can enter. There is no charge and they could, as has happened in the past, win the overall prize, with just one rose bloom. In any case come along and ‘ smell the roses’. Many of our members lost everything in the fire so entries will be far less than in previous years but we are trying to encourage gardeners to try their hand at growing a rose or roses particularly the new breeds which are disease resistant and require less water than in the past.   If anyone is interested in entering I will e mail the schedule onto them.   It is only available by e mail as the cost of printing schedules is exorbitant. Many thanks for your support always, Best wishes, Carol Kennedy  (acting chair Knysna Rose Society) cjkennedy@telkomsa.net 044 3841354     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...

read more

Problems with plastic – Our May meeting’s topic.

Posted by on March 21, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Problems with plastic – Our May meeting’s topic.

Sue Swain from Biowise will be our speaker on the 4th May.  This talk will highlight the problem of waste, how to make recycling a part of life. Sue has some prerequisites that she has  now introduced. She would like to use the presentation to introduce her Business Unusual Mission Zero Waste concept (all based on biomimicry, so that element is still part of the talk, but the idea is that people will leave empowered to become active participants of Mission Zero Waste). The presentation would be a combination of theory followed by a practical session.  So, this is what she request now for all talks. There is a charge of R75 per person, but this gets reduced to R25 for general public and R15 for senior citizens,  provided that each person brings one x empty 2 liter plastic bottle, plus a black bag filled with their dry waste that they collect for 5 days before the talk (by dry waste she literally means everything except food waste – so any and all soft plastic, bottles, cans, paper, foil, clingwrap, chocolate wrappers, polystyrene etc) (as club members we will not be charged for anything, however you will have to bring your black bag filled with dry waste collected 5 days before the talk – NO FOOD OR CONTAMINATED PACKAGING. Failing to bring your black bag and bottle, entry will be denied or a charge of R75 will be levied.) She also  requests that someone from the Club please help with the takings at the door, helping to check if the person has brought their bag of waste with them and a 2 liter bottle, and then taking  R75 if they have not. She also requests that folks sign an attendance register, for their records and for their reports to funders.  OCEAN PLASTIC COULD TREBLE IN DECADE Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 09:24 Plastics is just one issue facing the world’s seas, along with rising sea levels, warming oceans, and pollution, it says. INTERNATIONAL NEWS – The amount of plastic in the ocean is set to treble in a decade unless litter is curbed, a major report has warned. Plastics is just one issue facing the world’s seas, along with rising sea levels, warming oceans, and pollution, it says. But the Foresight Future of the Sea Report for the UK government said there are also opportunities to cash in on the “ocean economy”. They say this is predicted to double to $3 trillion (£2 trillion) by 2030. The report says much more knowledge is needed about the ocean. The authors say the world needs a Mission to “Planet Ocean” to mirror the excitement of voyaging to the moon and Mars. The Foresight reports are written by experts to brief ministers on medium and long-term issues of significance. This one has been signed off by ministers from four different departments as the authors emphasise the need for a joined-up oceans policy. Read more on BBC. 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...

read more

April Meeting – meeting Gwen, the creator of a lovely garden in the Industrial Area.

Posted by on March 18, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

April Meeting – meeting Gwen, the creator of a lovely garden in the Industrial Area.

Gwen le Laike our speaker in April, is an extraordinary gardener. “Why?” you say. Well, Gwen doesn’t just do little pretty plantings. She tackles big projects, projects which would daunt any normal gardener. And so, when Gwen’s partner, Brian Bruce, started bringing his collection of outstanding classic cars to start his museum in Knysna’s industrial area, Gwen decided that these beautiful cars needed beautiful surroundings. Undaunted, she tackled a yard which has previously belonged to a brewery and, if you attend the next garden club meeting, you will sit under an old coral tree, listening to the sound of falling water. You will be astounded at what she and Innocent, her Malawian gardener have achieved. When Gwen’s talk is over, stroll across to the many roomed museum and here, you will be blown away by Brian’s exquisite cars, each one a sculpture in itself. Go down memory lane as you revisit those beautiful machines previously owned by your fathers, uncles and grandfathers. Whilst on the subject of sculptures, look out for the delightful couple relaxing on a bench. Be sure to meet Nikki, a petite young lady who is Brian’s highly skilled mechanic and admire the two enormous cycads which Gwen and Innocent brought down from their burnt property in Knysna Heights and have placed in the most enormous pots. Above all, enjoy your visit to a different garden which shows what one determined person can achieve.     Dear Friends, At last we have had some rain and the weather is beginning to get a little cooler.  Autumn is on its way, yippy! The next meeting of Gardening at Leisure will be held on: Date: Friday 6 April 2018 Time: 10.00am Venue: Frost Brothers – Vintage Car Storage Home – Uil Street, Industrial area, Knysna.  Directions: Turn into Vigilance Drive, take the first turning to the left keep going this becomes Uil Street, Frost Brothers is on the right, turn into circle, plenty of parking in their warehouse grounds. Topic: The Gift of Possibility Gwen Created a garden out of nothing in the Industrial Area of Knysna. This unlike venue is an inspiration to all.  We will also have a conducted tour of the Old Car Museum – which isn’t open to the public. Bring your husbands along, they will enjoy the morning. Visitors are most welcome –R20 which includes talk and refreshments Remember to bring: A chair Mug for your tea/coffee Subs if you haven’t yet paid – R120 for the year Money for the raffle Tea Hostesses for this meeting are: Margi Fleet, Kathy Stevens, Barbara Martin, Nicky Rutherford, Gwen Lilleike & Sheila de Jongh – 1 plate each please ladies All the tea things will be there all you have to do is set them up and put water in the urn and turn it on. People will help themselves after the talk and the tour around the car museum Birthdays in April: Ally Clough, Gudrun Cox, Hillary Haarhoff, Helen Jakoby, Louise Lok, Angela Mackey, Pat Mainwairing, Dee Reddan, Val Williamson Don’t forget to look at our website for very interesting things www.gardeningatleisure.co.za Hope to see you all on Friday 6 April. Happy gardening. Lots of love, Denise Voysey Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to...

read more

Our donation to Steenbok Nature Reserve.

Posted by on March 4, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Our donation to Steenbok Nature Reserve.

At our monthly meeting held on Friday last week Gardening at Leisure announced the donation of R5000 to Steenbok Nature Reserve. These funds will be used in the coming week to eradicate Sword fern (Nephrolepsis cordifolia) one of our worst invasive alien weeds. Property owners are required in terms of national regulations to remove this and other category 1 B listed alien species. Sword fern is currently growing under bushes and trees in the area off Links Drive past the tennis courts. Gardening at Leisure has over the past 12 years consistently donated funds earmarked for particular projects such as park benches, opening up new areas, plants and the sundial and has taken a keen involvement in our development.     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...

read more

Chelsea 2018

Posted by on February 1, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Chelsea 2018

Are you going to Chelsea this year?  See what is installed for you … A first look at all the Show Gardens featuring in the Chelsea Flower Show 2018 10 Show Gardens will fill the Main Avenue this year. RHS BY OLIVIA HEATH 21 JANUARY 2018  The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 is just months away, and this year, the world’s most prestigious gardening event will showcase the importance of gardening and growing plants to help tackle some of the biggest issues facing us today. Sponsored by M&G Investments, garden designs will demonstrate the positive effects gardening and green spaces have on our health and wellbeing, and how it can help tackle major environmental issues. To recap, there will be four garden categories at this year’s show: 1. Show gardens: The latest innovative designs and must-have plants, crafted with skill by highly-talented designers and their teams 2. Artisan gardens: Gardens that demonstrate traditional designs, materials and craft skills revitalised by contemporary approaches 3. Feature gardens: Special show feature gardens which are not usually part of the judging process 4. Space to grow: A new category at Chelsea this year that will feature smaller gardens offering original ideas, trends and take home messages to inspire visitors For now, get a first-look at all of the 10 Show Gardens that will be on display at Chelsea this year. 1 The M&G Garden Sponsor: M&G Investments Designer: Sarah Price Contractor: Crocus Set in a warm, sunny climate, this garden has been described as a ‘romanticised haven’. It develops a simple, timeless idea that three core elements – a wall, trees and seating – can create an intimate, sheltered and beautiful oasis of calm. The garden celebrates the expressive and sensual language of contrasts: colour and texture, light and shadow. RHS 2 The Lemon Tree Trust Garden Sponsor: The Lemon Tree Trust Designer: Tom Massey Contractor: Landscape Associates Inspired by the resiliency and determination of people in situations of forced migration and displacement, this garden will provide a sense of normalcy, wellbeing, peace and civility to broken lives. Its design simulates a garden that would be used by families in a community of refugees displaced in Domiz camp in northern Iraq, providing a way to bring order to a chaotic situation. RHS 3 Trailfinders: A South African Wine Estate Sponsor: Trailfinders Ltd. Designer: Jonathan Snow Contractor: Stewart Landscape Construction This garden is inspired by the Winelands of the Western Cape of South Africa (especially the areas of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch), which are regarded as some of the most instantly recognisable and strikingly beautiful wine producing regions in the world. Designer Jonathan Snow aims to bring a snapshot of a traditional South African wine estate, sitting in the fynbos landscape – a fire-adapted vegetation that requires regular burning in order to survive – to Chelsea. RHS 4 The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden Sponsor: Welcome to Yorkshire Designer: Mark Gregory Contractor: Landform This garden is inspired by the iconic Dales, a picturesque part of Yorkshire that epitomises the essence of the county. The Dales are world famous for artisan Wensleydale cheeses, quintessential buttercup meadows and rich surrounding flora, and this garden is intended to inspire the public to visit this iconic county and experience the culture, calm and serene beauty of the area. 5 The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC Sponsor: Morgan Stanley Designer: Chris Beardshaw Contractor: Structure Group Morgan Stanley returns for...

read more

Christmas Lunch at Totties.

Posted by on January 16, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Christmas Lunch at Totties.

My apologies for the delayed posting of this wonderful event that we had in early December.  I had a very stupid accident injuring my index finger.  Seven stitches and one month later I have some function back! The gallery below is a testament of a happy gathering, wonderful companionship and delectable food. A big thank you to Dirk van der Zeyden for the lovely pics.   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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more