Knysna Rose Show

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.

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...

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April Meeting – meeting Gwen, the creator of a lovely garden in the Industrial Area.

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...

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Our donation to Steenbok Nature Reserve.

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

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...

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Christmas Lunch at Totties.

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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