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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 Georgewildflowers 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. it really is not to be missed.

Biosecurity within South Africa.

What with the recent announcement of another new pest in South Africa – the Polyphagous shot hole borer, and in another area, the detection of theoriental fruit fly, biosecurity is something to be taken seriously.
Here is a shortened article (sourced from the agri handbook), which has some links to biosecurity information and plant health directorates.


With our feet (normally!) firmly planted in the soil, it’s something different to consider that plants are being sown, grown and harvested in space. Arabidopsis plants (related to mustard) were harvested inside Europe’s Columbus laboratory module last month. This is not the first time that plants have been grown, there have been many experiments – comparing differences in genetics, metabolism, photosynthesis etc.
It has long been established that plants do not need gravity to grow.
Astrobotany is an applied sub-discipline of botany that is the study of plants in space environments. It is a branch of astrobiology and botany. (Wikipedia link)
Here are the ‘techie’ details about the recent experiment on the Nasa website.


Nursery Sales Assistant required

A company in the Stellenbosch area is looking for an experienced sales assistant. It is essential that they have good knowledge – and a minimum 5 years work experience. A good knowledge of plant names ideally trees and or a qualification in horticulture is also essential.

Looking for the right person? 
If you also have vacancies at your company please let us know. We can network for you.Qualified and looking for a job?
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!

We try to keep this newsletter short and sweet – we know you are busy. We also only send out once every 4 weeks or so. If you have suggestions, feedback for the content of our newsletter or the frequency of them, we would really appreciate it.

I hope you get out and about to one of the many events and open gardens around the country this month,
Happy horticulture!