September Meeting

September Meeting

  Date & Time: 7th September Topic: Foraging for fungi   Venue: Home of Alix Directions:   Travel on the Rheenendal Road. Just before the Portland Mini Market, which is on your right, you turn left into Highway West. (There will be  a sign here) Travel  2km till you reach a fork in the road. Here you turn into the right fork which is signposted Mooibos. (The second sign will be here) Go through gate and at about 1km take left fork signposted Maradadi. Travel about 300m.  This road leads straight to the house. There is not a lot of parking so I suggest you share lifts. Clare Miller organised our September meeting, below her description of what can be expected. If you go down to the woods today ……. “My Art Group and I were beginning to become lazy. Creativity was ebbing and we were spending more time over coffee than in painting masterpieces! Something needed to be done! “Why don’t we go out to paint somewhere?” I said. “Like where?” they said. “To paint the rocks, the sea and the wind, the town or the forest,” I said. “You can come to my forest,” a voice, belonging to Alix, piped up. ‘OK,” I said, thinking – “probably, a forest of three trees!”. How wrong I was.  Alix’s forest is the most awe-inspiring 34 hectare forest  that you could wish to see.  And that is where we are going for our next Garden Club Meeting. Our speaker, Brett Garvie, sounds every bit as awe-inspiring as the location. And his topic?  Brett plans to talk about Fungi and specifically about foraging for fungi. “Don’t forage if you don’t know what you are doing” our Botanist Forager said to me.  I know we are going to learn much as we are exposed to the hundreds of different mushrooms there are in the world. Brett Garvie owns an extraordinary eatery called ‘Veg Table’.  Friends tell me that you will never be served the same meal twice at ‘Veg Table’ as Brett creates his meals on the day from what he gleans from his garden and the forest.  He tells me that he only does dinners as his meals take a whole day to prepare. I certainly can’t wait to meet Brett. I am also really excited to return to Alix’s forest to smell the undergrowth, see the trees and gaze between them at the azure hills off in the distance and I hope many of you will be there. Perhaps I will complete my painting, started way back on that first visit!” See you there.   If you go down to the woods today You’re sure of a big surprise. If you...

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August Birthdays

August Birthdays

Our best wishes for a very Happy Birthday go to the following members: 3rd August ~ Wendy Ballentine 7th August ~ Heather Kent 16th August ~ Jenny Raymond 23 rd August ~ Jean Duthie 26th August ~ Dirk v.d. Zeyden 26th ~ Willem van Zyl 28th ~ Pauling Wright 29th ~ June Mitchell 31st ~ Carol Kennedy         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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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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Today 3rd July is International Plastic Free Day.

Today 3rd July is International Plastic Free Day.

Most of us use them every day, the thin plastic bags used by almost every retailer we visit. Whether we’re shopping for groceries or the newest Prada, you can almost guarantee that you’ll be leaving the store with a plastic bag stuffed full of your new goodies. Then, when you arrive home, you’ll quickly remove them like a kid opening Christmas presents, tossing aside the wrapping with thoughtless abandon. Have you ever stopped to consider what happens to those plastic bags? Has it ever occurred to you just how many of them we go through, individually, in a year? International Plastic Bag Free Day is dedicated to heightening awareness about these and very real and pressing issues brought about by this most popular of disposable carrying devices. We are reminded that those bags we pick up from the retailers are used for an incredibly short time, usually under 25 minutes, and are then disposed of. They may pass out of our thinking then, but they do not pass out of our world. Plastic bags remain in the world for anywhere from 100-500 years before finally decaying completely, and have a profound impact upon our environment as a result. Out in the great reaches of the ocean are massive reefs made up of all sorts of plastic waste, and plastic bags play heavily among them.  Such is the magnitude of the problem that these great floating islands reach hundreds of miles, like great monuments to mankind’s wastefulness, and disregard for the world upon which we live. International Plastic Bag Free Day gives us an opportunity to remind ourselves, and others, that every action we take, and every bag we dispose of, effects the lives of everyone in the world for generations to come. How to Observe International Plastic Bag Free Day There are a lot of good ways to celebrate, and the easiest requires a simple resolution on your part. Even if just for one day, choose paper over plastic, or even better bring your own bags to the retailers to pick up your goods.  Some stores even offer discounts or other perks for the customers that bring their own! If you own a store yourself, start a program to encourage your customers to bring in their own reusable containers and stop offering plastic bags as an option.If you want to become even more proactive, then you can head to http://www.plasticbagfreeday.org/ to help organize events, network with other people in your area and around the world who are striving to make a difference, or find an event to volunteer and help with yourself! There’s also an option to tell a story about a bag free day to your fellow plastic bag free folks! Among the...

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RHS Rosemoor: What to expect at Britain’s finest Rose Festival

RHS Rosemoor: What to expect at Britain’s finest Rose Festival

Rose Festival The Rose Festival celebrates the beauty and diversity of this favourite flower from Saturday 16 June until Sunday 22 July 2018 Rosemoor’s five-week-long Rose Festival offers a breath-taking showcase of colours and scents of the nation’s favourite flower. Boasting one of the UK’s largest collections of roses, RHS Garden Rosemoor is home to two dedicated rose gardens, bringing together more than 2,000 roses across more than 200 different varieties and a wealth of hues and perfumes. From cottage garden climbers, to bright and beautiful container varieties, there will be a rose to inspire and suit all gardens. As well as the stunning gardens, visitors can enjoy guided tours, expert advice from RHS horticulturists, a floral themed craft market, a rose trail, and much, much more. Country Life June 14, 2018 The RHS Rosemoor Rose Festival begins on Saturday June 16, a five-week celebration of Britain’s favourite flower that’s without peer.   The Queen Mother’s Rose Garden in Summer at RHS Garden Rosemoor. Every year, some eight billion roses are grown and sold in the UK – it’s the nation’s favourite flower. As such, the start, this Saturday, of the five-week Rose Festival at RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon (which runs until July 22) is most welcome; the collection there is the largest in the country and includes 2,000 roses across 200 varieties, hues and scents. To celebrate the start of the festival, we’ve collected some superb pictures of previous year – to entice you along if you can, and to give you a flavour of what you’re missing if you can’t make it. There will be tours, expert advice and a floral-themed craft market; new this year is a planting of Rosa pax, a hybrid musk rose launched in 1918 to commemorate the end of the First World War. For more details visit www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor Red Rosa ‘Dortmund’, Rosa ‘Comtesse de Murinais’, Rosa ‘Open Arm’ in the Rose Garden at RHS Rosemoor Devon   The Shrub Rose Garden in June, RHS Rosemoor The Shrub Rose Garden at RHS Rosemoor Cottage Garden at RHS Rosemoor Rosa ‘Erfurt’ pink roses in the Shrub Rose Garden at RHS Rosemoor The Shrub Rose Garden at RHS Rosemoor in June Another view of the Shrub Rose Garden in June, RHS Rosemoor The thatched-roof summerhouse in the Cottage Gardenat RHS Rosemoor   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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