8 Chelsea Flower Show 2018 gardening trends you can try at home

Posted by on May 22, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

8 Chelsea Flower Show 2018 gardening trends you can try at home

We’ve scoured Chelsea for the best new trends you can try in your own garden this summer PAULA MCWATERS BY PAULA MCWATERS MAY 22, 2018 Want to know all the Chelsea Flower Show 2018 gardening trends? This year’s show is underway and we were lucky enough to join the VIPs and royalty on Monday’s press day. CL Gardening Editor Paula McWaters has scoured the Chelsea Show Gardens and Artisan Gardens the displays to pick up on some of the best new trends you can try at home in your own garden this summer… 1Bring water centre stage PAULA MCWATERS At the end of a long tiring day, water is one of the most relaxing elements to come home to – both cooling and soothing to the nerves. Instead of confining it to one small area of the garden, David Neale has made it the central feature, wrapping paths of Portland stone and English oak around it so that the pool can be enjoyed from all sides. His planting scheme centres on rich blue Anchusa azurea ‘Dropmore’ with pops of amber and copper from bearded Iris ‘Carnival Time’, echoed in the rusted planters and citrus peel sculpture. Garden: The Silent Pool Gin Garden Designer: David Neale 2A romantic gesture PAULA MCWATERS There’s a return to old-fashioned romance in several of the gardens on Chelsea’s Main Avenue this year, with cottage favourites such as lupins and delphiniums making a welcome comeback. In the Artisan gardens, Janine Crimmins has gone for a country house feel, complementing immaculate drystone walling with old-fashioned roses such as ‘Tuscany Superb’ and ‘Cardinal de Richelieu’ amongst hardy geraniums, salvias and Delphinium ‘Summer Skies’. Rosa ‘Rose de Rescht’, which she has used as a hedge alongside ‘Walker’s Low’ catmint, is perfect for a small garden as it is neat and compact. Garden: A Very English Garden Designer: Janine Crimmins 3Natural ingredients PAULA MCWATERS Herbal and medicinal plants are not only perfect in cooking, they are attractive in the garden and great for attracting and encouraging pollinators. In Kate Savill and Tamara Bridge’s delightful evocation of a Northamptonshire hillside garden, they have used a host of bee-friendly plants and have even thought to incorporate a shallow bowl of water for bees to drink from. Angelica archangelica is a real statement plant at two metres tall, while at its feet, wild strawberries mingle with aromatic thyme, lemon balm, coriander and sweet cicely. For pops of edible colour choose borage and calendula – you can drop their flowers into salads. Garden: The Warner Edwards Garden Designer: Kate Savill and Tamara Bridge PAULA MCWATERS Spire-like flowers provide instant height and vertical interest if you are looking for strong impact and they have been used everywhere at Chelsea this year, never more so than in Mark Gregory’s contemporary take on a cottage garden. White delphiniums make the boldest of statements and these are echoed with white and purple lupins including ‘Noble Maiden’ and ‘Masterpiece’ and the much narrower flowers of Salvia nemerosa ‘Caradonna’ which will keep coming all summer long. Popping up between these you can dot aquilegias – Mark has used an old favourite ‘Ruby Port’ – with Euphorbia x martini for strong contrast. Garden: Welcome To Yorkshire – Gold Medal & Best Construction Winner Designer: Mark Gregory 5Keep it simple PAULA MCWATERS The simplest planting schemes of all stick to a limited palette of plants, repeating them several times around the garden to give a sense of cohesion and relying more on...

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Kirstenbosch Exhibit at Chelsea wins GOLD!

Posted by on May 22, 2018 in Events | 1 comment

Kirstenbosch Exhibit at Chelsea wins GOLD!

Congratulations to Leon Kluge and his team – you have done South Africa proud once again! Leon Kluge: the new designer of the Kirstenbosch-South Africa Chelsea flower Show exhibit From an early age, Leon Kluge has nurtured a great affinity for plants; his grandfather was the curator of the Betty’s Bay Botanical Garden and his father was the curator of the Lowveld National Botanical Garden, while his mother owns and runs a renowned wholesale nursery in Nelspruit. On completing his Degree in landscape technology in 2002 he worked on the main display garden at Marvadesh Givatt Brenner Nursery in Israel. From there he progressed to become the head landscape designer for Societe Nel Import and Export Company in Mayotte, Comores Islands. After his return from the Comores, Leon started the award-winning Fever Tree Nursery in Nelspruit. Leon, now based in Cape Town, shines in the competitive arena. His love of utilizing unusual plants in his designs led to his inclusion in the South African team that worked their magic at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea flower show in London. He also worked as the main designer for the COP 17 Legacy Garden on the main display in the Durban Botanical Gardens in 2011. Leon has been involved in the international show gardening arena for the last 12 years and has been invited to showcase his work at most of the world’s most prestigious flower shows. A great moment for Leon was when he won the Gardening world cup for Africa at the Gardening World Cup in Nagasaki, Japan 2014. Leon also went on to be the first designer from Africa to win gold ,the ‘best on show’ and the governors design award at the world’s biggest and oldest flower show, ‘The Philadelphia flower show’ in the USA, where he was invited to design a garden for Disney. He also won the Gold award and Best lighting award at the Singapore garden festival. Gold award and best design at the New Zealand international flower show. Leon has installed many permanent gardens and floral installations throughout the world and his work can be seen in the Sacheon Botanical Gardens in South-Korea, Chaumont in France, and in Eden, Sydney Australia. His designs have been published in various coffee table books by BRAUN publishing company. Leon’s floral and garden designs reflect his absolute passion, knowledge and love of plants and pushes garden design boundaries to the limit when it comes to showcasing plants. 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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South Africa in Bloom – 42 years at the Chelsea Flower Show

Posted by on May 18, 2018 in Events | 1 comment

South Africa in Bloom – 42 years at the Chelsea Flower Show

Mar 16, 2018 In the 42 years that SANBI-Kirstenbosch has been exhibiting – and winning medals – at the Chelsea Flower Show, the range of flora that has been showcased is a testament to the incredible floral wealth of our country. With its theme Windows on Biodiversity, our circular exhibit with its stunning backdrop of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden is a rich and varied voyage of discovery. On display are plants from all ten of South Africa’s National Botanical Gardens: Free State, Hantam, Harold Porter, Karoo Desert, Kirstenbosch, Kwelera, Lowveld, KwaZulu-Natal, Pretoria and Walter Sisulu. “The richness of our biodiversity is one of South Africa’s greatest natural assets,” said Dr Tanya Abrahamse, SANBI CEO. “South Africa is home to nearly 10% of the world’s plants and contains three regions that have been declared global biodiversity hotspots, so it is fitting that we celebrate this heritage this year at Chelsea.” Designed by the award-winning team David Davidson and Raymond Hudson, the exhibit will provide a glimpse of all nine of South Africa’s biomes to the over 150 000 people who are expected to visit the Chelsea Flower Show. As always, the success of the stand depends on the enthusiastic team of volunteers who join the designers and SANBI representatives in ensuring that our display is perfect in every way. This year the SANBI team will include Lihle Dlamini, Lufuno Nenungwi, Mashudu Nndanduleni and Felicity Poole New team keeps Kirstenbosch blooming NEWS / 19 APRIL 2018, 10:09AM / DOMINIC ADRIAANSE The exhibit for the 2018 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show is on display at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. 
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show will take place in London this month. Picture: David Ritchie/African News Agency (ANA) The end of an era was celebrated at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, as its multiple award-winning design team of David Davidson and Ray Hudson handed over the baton to a new team of creatives.The duo had an unprecedented 24-year run creating the annual Kirstenbosch-South Africa exhibit at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show. Leon Kluge and his incoming team will exhibit their design at the flower show this month. 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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Upcoming events in the Western Cape.

Posted by on May 10, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Upcoming events in the Western Cape.

Businesses, services, vacancies, events, Open Gardens, workshops, specialists, products, training. Welcome to the Autumn edition of our newsletter. As always, there are some special events coming up – for more information please go to the EVENTS section on our website. You can choose to see what’s going on in your specific area or everything country-wide. Here are only a few of the interesting events – not be missed! Autumn events (Western Cape). The National Chrysanthemum Show will be held at Pniel, between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek this year. Date and details online.And the lovely Keurbos Nursery (Elgin) will have their Autumn Open Dayon 12th May. There will be plants for sale with some special offers – and also stalls from Fresh Woods, Toos van den Berg and Jim Holmes. Vineyard Walks and Talks. The Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town has again started its popular (and regular) Walks and Talks for the year. The next one will take place on the 16th of May – a guided tour around their gardens with horticulturalist Bruce Nutman.See here for more information – and dates for the walks for the rest of the year. Orchid Open Day On the 26 of May 2018 there will be a beautiful Orchid open day at Plantae Orchids.  Come & enjoy the peace & quiet of the bushveld. Plantea is a nursery that is dedicated to growing orchid & other rare, unusual plants. Click here to view the event and more details. (North West)Zululand Orchid Society is also holding their annual show on 19th and 20th May. (Richards Bay, KZN). Rare Plant Fair. Many people have been asking – but the popular Rare Plant Fair will now be a spring highlight for plant lovers. It will take place at the Tokara Estate on the Helshoogte Pass, Stellenbosch on 20th October 2018. Tour to visit the Wildflowers of the Northern Cape 1st – 5th September 2018.A guided Spring flower tour, with transport, from Cape Town, visiting the Postberg Flower Reserve, Langebaan, Clanwilliam, and on to Nieuwoudtville. This tour is led by a experienced travel company and you’ll get to gather some Rooibos Tea, hopefully see plenty of incredible wildflowers and stay on the De Lande Farm – part of the well-known Papkuilsfontein farm. Click here to view the event and more details. Vacancies There are some interesting positions in the Western Cape open for people who have horticultural experience.Brushcutter operator – Trees SA is looking for a Brushcutter Operator. Experience and qualifications are needed. If you also have vacancies at your company please let us know. If you are horticulturally qualified and are looking for a job, please add your details to our website. Follow this link here. It’s free! The rescue and relocation of the ‘elephant tree’. Six years ago in 2012, Trees-SA rescued a huge stinkwood tree from almost certain death from a housing development – it was lifted and brought back to their nursery for care and attention. Then, recently it was finally moved (with a 75 tonner crane truck!) and replanted in its new home. The giant planting hole prepared, bag was cut, and the root ball securely planted and the tree staked to protect against the winter winds.  The rescued ‘elephant’ is still a patient and will receive continued care and attention from the staff at Trees-SA until it established itself and becomes independent. Go to their contact details or to read the full story click here. Advertising special. Does your company sell specialist plants? We’d love to...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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