2nd November Meeting : Talk by Peter Unite – One of the SA Olive Oil Awards winners.

2nd November Meeting : Talk by Peter Unite – One of the SA Olive Oil  Awards winners.

  Venue: Highlands, Home of Marion and Don Forsyth, 82 Upper Duthie Lane, Belvidere Estate. Time:  10am Many of you will remember Marion and Don’s beautiful garden when it was on show a few years ago. Visitors are welcome, R20 p.p.   Remember to bring a cup for tea, sunhat and folding chair. Depending on stock available, Peter will be selling  some of his prizewinning Olive oil. Log on to:  http://www.zoetigheyd.com/ SA Olive Awards – SA’s Top Extra Virgin Olive Oils – 2018 A total of 93 extra virgin olive oils (EVOO) were entered into the 2018 competition – a slight increase over last year’s 87 entries. The panel awarded 21 gold, 34 silver and 26 bronze medals, which made 87% of the competing oils medal worthy. From left to right:  Front: Nick Wilkinson (Rio Largo Olive Estate), Willie Duminy (Porterville Olives), Jan Hendrik Basson (Porterville Olives), Daniel Munzvenga (Zoetigheyd Farms), Hester Cupido (Olyfberg Vrugte), Nico Loubser (Morgenster Wine & Olive Estate) Middle: Chris van Niekerk (Mardouw Olive Estate), Alexis Kearney (Lapithos Olive Growers), Lizelle Joubert (Oakhurst Olives), Joop Steenkamp (De Rustica Estates) Back: Peter Unite (Zoetigheyd Farms), Bob Hobson (L’Ormarins), Bryan Beverley (L’Ormarins), Sandy Jeffery (Diepsak Farm), Pieter du Toit (Oakhurst Olives), Gert van Dyk (Tokara), Philip King (Mardouw Olive Estate), Perry Chaloner (Chaloner), Pieter Coetsee (Marbrin Farm), Briony Coetsee (Marbrin Farm), Clive Heymans (Marbrin Farms). 2018 is a year in which South African olive oil producers truly showed their mettle. In adverse drought conditions, which can easily lead to bitterness in oils, the judges on this year’s tasting panel described the competing oils as having ‘a wonderful array of aromas and flavours’. This speaks of the industry’s ability to adapt and innovate under challenging conditions. According to the 2018 tasting panel leader, Sue Langstaff, “there were excellent oils this year. People have been saying conditions were very difficult, and some oils had minor issues, but generally most of them were in the silver category and then there were some very good gold oils”. Sue went on to say that South African extra virgin olive oils compare very well with old world oils from Italy, Greece and Spain, as well as with other new world oils from Chile, Argentina, Australia, Peru and New Zealand. She considers new world producers to be more willing to experiment with new ideas. Nick Wilkinson, Chairman of SA Olive, is very confident about the future of the industry when reflecting on the positive comments by acclaimed international judges serving on this year’s tasting panel. He commented “that despite the horrendous drought and challenging growing conditions our growers have once again produced world quality premium oils. Competitions like the SA Olive Awards and the ABSA Top 10 Awards not only shine a light...

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Hoekwil Open Gardens 2018.

Hoekwil Open Gardens 2018.

Hoekwil Open Gardens take place on Saturday 20 October & Sunday 21 October.  Proceeds in aid of Seven Passes Initiative and Altzheimers Southern Cape. 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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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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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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