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Kloof Conservancy Indigenous Open Gardens
March 25 @ 9:00 am – March 26 @ 4:00 pm
Join us at 5 beautiful indigenous show gardens!
Cost is R60 a ticket (access to all 5 gardens) and includes a cup of tea and slice of cake.
Tickets can be purchased at any garden on the day
Visit the website for more details: http://www.kloofconservancy.org.za/indigenous-open-gardens/gardens/
Kirstenbosch Plant Fair
March 18 @ 9:00 am – March 19 @ 2:00 pm
Theme: Amazing Aromatics
Opening times: Saturday 09h00 – 16h00; Sunday 09h00 – 14h00
Entry fee: Adults R20; children free of charge
The 2017 Kirstenbosch Plant Fair invites visitors on an aromatic journey into South Africa’s unique plant kingdom. The theme of this year’s Fair is “Amazing Aromatics: recognise and celebrate the fragrances from our rich legacy of plants that surround us”.
Throughout history people have delighted in fragrances. The Ancient Greeks had specialist perfumers, the Aztecs loved to carry fresh flower bouquets and our huge modern perfume industry remains based on the natural scents produced by plants. Fragrant cut flowers and herbs have long been strewn indoors to enhance our homes – as we still use potpourri today.
Our ability to smell and savour a beautiful aroma is the most highly-prized of all our senses. Plants are also concerned about how they smell and they create and employ scents to achieve very particular objectives. They might wish to attract a potential pollinator with a smell like sweet nectar – or like yeast to attract mice. Some deliberately create horrid smells to attract flies! Some plants have fragrant leaves to discourage unwelcome insects and herbivores.
South Africa’s huge diversity of indigenous plants contains unique fragrances that are inadequately recognised and appreciated. The 2017 Kirstenbosch Plant Fair aims to help change this. The secondary purpose of the Plant Fair is to raise funds for the development of Kirstenbosch. A world-class botanical garden must continuously adapt and improve – and a major objective of the Kirstenbosch Branch of the Botanical Society is to support this process financially. We have been a proud partner of Kirstenbosch since before its inception! And the Plant Fair is our main fundraiser. Kirstenbosch comes to the party by bringing the products of its extensive Plant Production Nursery to the fairground – giving gardeners a very rare opportunity to acquire indigenous plants produced within Kirstenbosch itself. Two other Botanical Gardens – the Karoo Garden in Worcester and the Harold Porter Garden at Betty’s Bay – will also bring their specialised products. Accompanying the plants will be the expertise of professional horticulturalists and experienced volunteers to help customers make their choices. Furthermore, the Kirstenbosch Plant Fair provides a stage upon which indigenous plant wholesalers, usually hidden from the public’s view, most of which have a special focus, can present their best indigenous products for direct sale to the public. As if that were not enough, there will be a number of hobbyists who bring their surplus treasures for sale to discerning buyers. Which reminds us that a number of cycads, the most endangered of all plant species, will also be on sale.
Some of the more enduring scents of the fynbos are captured by distillers who extract the most delightful essences from some of the most unprepossessing shrubs. Look out for these wizards at the Kirstenbosch Plant Fair and for culinary creators who could take your breath away with samples of scented savouries from gardens and roadsides.
As always the Fair will offer a shop window for vendors of garden equipment as well as fynbos-inspired arts and crafts. There will be compost to purchase, in particular Kirstenbosch’s famous ‘home brew’.
There will be plenty to eat and drink – and places where you can relax, where your children can play under supervision and where you can store your accumulating purchases until you’re ready to load them up and head for home. But the emphasis this year will be the exquisite smells, the subtle fragrances and the endearing scents that waft over the landscape of the Cape Floral Kingdom. Even for small gardens,visitors will be able to find many fragrant bulbs that grow perfectly in pots – such as the evocative Babiana odorata or Daubenya comata with its strong sweet spicy fragrance day and night as well as Hessea cinnamonea which really is cinnamon-scented!
All the details will be contained within a comprehensive Plant Fair Handbook – which is not just a brochure and plan of the Fair but an invaluable 60-page compendium of indigenous plant information including plenty of advice about how to garden effectively especially with so little water available.
The Kirstenbosch Plant Fair is early this year so be sure to diarise it. Follow us on social media and watch for news of special plants for discerning gardeners. This will be a heaven-scent opportunity and is not to be missed.
For further information please contact Catherine Gribble of the Kirstenbosch branch of the Botanical Society on 021-6715468 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lifestyle Garden Design Show
February 11 @ 7:00 am – May 31 @ 5:00 pm
20 Years of Garden Glory – A THIRST FOR GARDENING
Johannesburg’s premier garden design show at Lifestyle Home Garden is now in its 20th Year! In January 2017 the landscape design students from Lifestyle College and Lifestyle Home Garden will once again be bringing forth the ultimate event on the South African Gardening calendar.
Since the Garden Design show was first launched in 1997, Lifestyle College’s students have shown that they are equal to the task of bringing the latest trends in garden design to our own backyards and this year is proving to be no exception, as they bring new, fresh and innovative ideas to the fore.
The Lifestyle Garden Design Show, positioned as it is at the beginning of the year – in peak growing season – not only gives people the impetus needed to get out into their gardens to do something new and improved for the coming year, but also gives us the ideal opportunity to showcase to them what we see as the pertinent considerations and most contemporary concepts when it comes to what’s hot and happening in the green world. From the newest plant varieties and the most desirable wall and floor treatments in this season’s top colours, to innovative use of gardening products and accessories – all this and more will be on show; an explosion of colour and scents certain to heighten all the senses.
This year 10 concept gardens, with one flowing seamlessly into the next, are going to celebrate excellence in diverse yet thoroughly contemporary South African style.
With emphasis these days on smaller, more manageable and yet inspirational outdoor living areas, patio spaces and balconies are being utilised to bring the outdoors in – and vice versa. The gardens on show incorporate clever water saving ideas, ways of making your small spaces look larger, showcasing exciting ways to express our inter-connectedness with the world above, below and all around us and turning every available outdoor area into thoroughly chic gardens.
With the focus ever more on ecologically sound and location-appropriate design, the gardens represent a radical departure from the generous swathes of water-guzzling, high-maintenance annuals and perennials of the past. Highlighting the use of succulents and low water usage plants, as well as how to zone your garden using both exotic but mainly indigenous varieties when it comes to irrigation – being water wise is not as hard as you might think.
Growing your own herbs and vegetables has become one of the ‘sexiest’ gardening trends for people of all ages. Being in control of what you put into your body seems de rigueur these days and three small space vegetable gardens will give visitors new and fresh ideas on how to create an edible garden in any area.
There’s no fence sitting when it comes to the Show gardens at Lifestyle – they’re always inspiring, memorable and vibrant!
The events program runs in conjunction with the show and has always proved popular with members of the public and this year promises even more. There is an exciting line up of talks, demonstrations and events set to inspire you and let us all in on some trade secrets!
So keep an eye on www.lifestyle.co.za for event updates.
As a leading independent garden centre, Lifestyle Home Garden values its consumers, and is always intent on giving them the best ideas at the greatest prices. This is a company where our business is also our passion.
Progress of all the show gardens – which are built over a period of 3 weeks – are up on the Lifestyle College Facebook page and Instagram account (@lifestyle_college), as well as the Lifestyle Home Garden Facebook page and Instagram account (@lifestylehomegarden). This is sure to keep keen gardeners up to date with all the fun and brilliance as it unfolds!
The Show Gardens will be featured on a couple of episodes of The Home Channel’s current season of “Gardening 101” in February so be sure to look out for those.
Lifestyle Garden Centre also boasts a great children’s play area, with a roller coaster and lots of other fun rides for kids. You can sit and enjoy a scrumptious meal while your children have fun, at either Primi Life, Silver Birch or Moroccan Lifestyle. Make a day of your visit, take your friends to lunch, or just take a load off and enjoy some fantastic coffee.
Lifestyle has incredible specials released the week that the show opens. Grab these specials before they all disappear – check out our specials on www.lifestyle.co.za and in store for our colour printed leaflets.
For all food lovers – come and taste the lovely range of food products at the Lifestyle Gourmet Market, including cheeses, specialty breads, balsamic vinegar, jams, olives and divine chocolate.
Date: 11 February to end May 2017
Monday to Saturday: 07h00 to 17h00
Sunday: 07h30 to 17h00
Venue: Lifestyle Home Garden, Beyers Naudé Dr & Ysterhout Ave, Randpark Ridge
Contact: Lifestyle Home Garden on (011) 792 5616 or Lifestyle College on
(011) 792 8244
Log onto www.lifestyle.co.za or www.lifestylecollege.co.za