Festival of Flowers ~ 22 September to 30 September.

Festival of Flowers ~ 22 September to 30 September.

For info and Bookings: helga@glassroots.co.za 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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Club Meeting: 5th October – Rebuilding a new home and garden after the fire.

Club Meeting: 5th October – Rebuilding a new home and garden after the fire.

Five years ago I posted the article  on Stella Sohn’s lovely garden – not in our wildest dreams could we envisage  the Great Fire of 2017,  the destruction of the countryside, nor the decimated blackened suburbs, or the  many lives in turmoil. Stella and Richard had to cut their overseas holiday short to return to an  apocalyptic scene greeting them up the hill in Estuary Heights – everything was destroyed;  their once eclectic guesthouse was a blackened ruin, all the surrounding trees burned to cinders, and the once beautiful garden was no more. But more tragically,  lives were lost on their property when it was encircled by fire. Stella is not a person to dwell on the past, instead she looks to the future –  she started rebuilding here garden  soon after the first signs of life appeared.  The guesthouse is still in the building phase, but the pool cottage has been renovated and a beautiful garden envelopes the charming pool. Stella is going to talk about her new garden, and her vision for the rest of the property. Please bring a mug for tea, sunhat and folding chair.  Visitors are welcome : R20.00 per person. DATE: 5TH OCTOBER, 2018 TIME: 10.00 AM SPEAKER: STELLA SOHN VENUE: NARNIA GUESTHOUSE, ESTUARY HEIGHTS.  Click on the green tab (under Upcoming Events) top right hand corner of this page, follow the prompts and  it will direct you to Narnia Guesthouse. (Our signs will also be in place to guide you)   Remembering Stella’s once beautiful garden, posted on our website 14th October 2013  ……. Stella Sohn’s Garden   The sprawling garden complements the rustic guesthouse magnificently:  quirky African- inspired artwork is displayed discreetly amongst the vegetation, and weathered benches and seating entice visitors to sit and drink in the tranquil atmosphere and birdsong. The garden at the pool area is rustic and natural.  Plants native to the area are allowed to pop up, whilst a few Pincushions were planted amongst the grasses and restios to provide colour in spring. A  collection of Bonsai is displayed in a rustic arbour which nestles in colourful flowing beds, interlinking with one another. Nearby, in an area protected from the wind, is an informal rose bed. With the different ‘rooms’ in the garden this new rose area is not at odds with the informality of the rest of the garden. A fire pit with log seating and hints of Africa sits comfortably in the front section of the garden, overlooking the Outeniqua Mountains. One can only imagine sitting there on a windless, starry night listening to the calls of a Nightjar. The fire of 7th June 2017…… There was once a rose garden …. Remains of the...

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horti.co.za newsletter

horti.co.za newsletter

Businesses, services, vacancies, events, Open Gardens, workshops, specialists, products, training. Spring is here. The busiest time of the year – at least for us. Welcome to the September edition of our newsletter. The many events coming up in the next couple of weekends include the Cape Horticultural Society plant sale in Muizenberg, the Somerset West Hospice Open Gardens and the Johannesburg Garden Meander.  This Monday also sees the start of the SAN parks free entry week – free entry to SA citizens to most of the national parks around the country. There are orchids in George, wildflowers in Darling, and the Flower Festival in Hermanus to keep you busy. The beautiful Benvie in Karkskloof officially open their gates from the 22nd Sept, however due to the nice rain in August, and the clivias and azaleas starting to bloom, they are opening from this coming weekend (8th September) onwards. The organisation Soil for Life has a grow to live workshop in Constantia, and Calitzdorp are holding their annual succulent festival later in the month. There plenty of Open Gardens in October and November to inspire… including the Encounter East Griqualand Open Gardens and the Rustenberg Open Gardens (see more below). There will be more details in our next email newsletter, but in the meantime, look online for all the open gardens and EVENTS. You can choose to see what’s going on in your specific area or everything country-wide. Or search for an item e.g. ‘orchids’. If you know of any more up-coming sales, open gardens, workshops etc, please let us know about them.fiona@horti.co.za.  Or add them yourself! Don’t get lost with horti.co.za Did you know that you can get driving directions for all the Open Gardens listed on www.horti.co.za? Just go to www.horti.co.za, search for your event, and click on the ‘get driving directions’. Google maps will take you there! SIMPLE!Google maps will also give you an estimated travel time – useful if you want to plan your time of arrival or get there early for the plant sales! Spotlight on Benvie, Karkloof Benvie is one of KZN’s most majestic private gardens.  Spread over 70 acres, this historic garden was established in 1882 by John Geekie. With huge trees and blooming with rhododendrons and azaelas in springtime, it is filled with a myriad of colours – pinks, whites and purples. It is enchanting, tranquil and exquisite. An oasis of peace, great for birders and an inspiration for avid gardeners. Stellenbosch Historic Gardens: Rustenburg One of our main and loyal sponsors, Rustenberg Wine Estate and Gardens is holding their open gardens over 3 days, 26th, 27th, 28th October 2018. A large, beautiful, farm garden it has mature trees and unusual plants, and surrounds the estate’s spectacular Cape Dutch buildings. The gardens are essentially old English in style, with different rooms, and hundreds of old fashioned roses. Historic, expansive, magnificent, beautiful....

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National Arbor Week 2018.

National Arbor Week 2018.

Arbor Day originated in 1872 in the United States territory of Nebraska. Mr. J. Sterling Morton, a newcomer to the treeless plains of Nebraska, was a keen proponent of the beauty and benefit of trees. He persuaded the local agricultural board to set aside a day for planting trees and through his position as editor of Nebraska’s first newspaper, encouraged participation in the event by publishing articles on the value of trees for soil protection, fruit, shade and building. Mr. Morton’s home, known as Arbor Lodge, was a testament to his love for trees and so inspired the name of the holiday; Arbor Day.Within two decades Arbor Day was celebrated in every US State and territory, and eventually spread around the world. The tradition continues annually in the second week of August, in global acknowledgment of Mr. Morton’s slogan, “other holidays repose upon the past; Arbor Day proposes for the future.” In South Africa, Arbor Day was first celebrated in 1983. The event captured the imagination of people who recognised the need for raising awareness of the value of trees in our society. As sources of building material, food, medicine, and simple scenic beauty, trees play a vital role in the health and well-being of our communities. Collective enthusiasm for the importance of this issue in South Africa inspired the national government, in 1999, to extend the celebration of Arbor Day to National ArborWeek. From 1 to 7 September every year, schools, businesses and organisations are encouraged to participate in community “greening” events to improve the health and beauty of the local environment and propose a green future for South Africa. Many countries across the globe will recognize the importance of educating youths about the benefits of keeping our environment as green as possible. With this in mind, many countries celebrate Arbor Day once a year – a day on which trees are planted and emphasis is placed on the importance they play in the circle of life. In South Africa, Arbor Day is celebrated for an entire week. National Arbor Week in South Africa is a time when South Africans of all ages are encouraged to celebrate the beauty and importance of trees. People from all aspects of the community are urged to get involved and thousands are educated and made aware of the benefits of the many different aspects of forestry. For the sake of simplification, the term ‘forestry’ is divided into three different categories during National Arbor Week. The first is that of Indigenous Forests, which not only provide a home for wildlife but which provide attractions for thousands visitors and increase revenue. Indigenous Forests may also provide trees and herbs which are often used for natural remedies on which hundreds of people depend....

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Tanya Visser is coming to Knysna.

Tanya Visser is coming to Knysna.

Calling all avid gardeners!  Please keep Wednesday the 10th October open,  Tanya is coming to town!!  Meet this delightful bubbling personality who is full of enthusiasm, knowledge and pure common sense when it comes to gardening. Please phone Cobus at 082 8944912 to book your seat.   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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Calitzdorp Succulent Show.

Calitzdorp Succulent Show.

The Calitzdorp Succulent Show 2018 : See details of events, bookings etc. HOME  EVENTS  NEWS  PROJECTS GALLERIES CONTACT VETPLANT  > VETPLANTFEES 2018 Vetplantfees 2018 IMPORTANT INFORMATION OVERVIEW DATES/TIMES VENUE ACTIVITIES ADMISSION MASSIVE PLANT SALE RARE PLANT AUCTION EXPERT TALKS WORKSHOPS (NEW) VELDWALKS Trained Cape Nature guides will escort small groups of enthusiast on a 90-minute walk to Calitzdorp’s famous Jakkalskop where dozens of succulent plant varieties will be in flower. It is an experience not to be missed and have proven to be very popular with festivalgoers. DATES & TIMES Vetplantfees – Veld Walk – 22 Sept 2018 – 10:00 Vetplantfees – Veld Walk – 22 Sept 2018 – 16:30 Vetplantfees – Veld Walk – 23 Sept 2018 – 09:00 Vetplantfees – Veld Walk – 23 Sept 2018 – 16:30 Vetplantfees – Veld Walk – 24 Sept 2018 – 09:00 Vetplantfees – Veld Walk – 24 Sept 2018 – 13:00 BOOKING & PAYMENT Booking and payment are essential as only 8 persons will be accommodated on each of the scheduled walks. The fee to join each walk is R150, payable in advance and non-refundable on cancellation. Veld Walks will open for booking and payment by 1 August 2018 on this website. WHERE TO MEET Each walk will depart from the main festival paypoint every day. IMPORTANT Participants should wear shoes suitable for walking in the veld and bring water, a hat and sun protection. BOOKING Booking will open by 1 August 2018 on this website. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS SATURDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 09:00 — 17:00 Plant & Art Exhibition, Vendor Sales, Children’s Activities, Food Vendors 10:00 – Veld Walk* >> More Info 11:00 – Expert Talk Details coming soon. 12:00 – Workshop Container Gardening with Succulents* (Alison James) >> More Info 13:00 – Expert Talk Details coming soon. 14:00 – Workshop* Details coming soon. 16:30 – Veld Walk >> More Info 18:00 – Dinner & Keynote Speech* Details coming soon. * Fees apply. Advance booking required. SUNDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER 09:00 — 17:00 Plant & Art Exhibition, Vendor Sales, Children’s Activities, Food Vendors 09:00 – Veld Walk* >> More Info 11:00 – Expert Talk Details coming soon. 12:00 – Workshop Container Gardening with Succulents* (Alison James) >> More Info 13:00 – Expert Talk Details coming soon. 14:00 – Workshop* Details coming soon. 15:00 – Rare Plant Auction Details coming soon. 16:30 – Veld Walk* >> More Info * Fees apply. Advance booking required 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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