Pictorial gallery of our last 2 meetings

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

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.

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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Miniature Gardens 2017.

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

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

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...

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