Witkoppen Wildflower Nursery News
Upcoming events, Specials, Staff news, New plants and interesting gardening news and so on.
Fantastic Private Indigenous Garden Open to the Public
Gardens of the Golden Cityare hosting 2 open days in John and Zhora Crain’s wonderful indigenous garden on the 23rd and 24th February from 10am to 5pm on each day. I know the garden well and can strongly recomend taking this oppertunity to visit this garden.
Aloe Ridge 303C Olievenhout Avenue , Northriding.
Aloe Ridge a 6700 square metre indigenous garden is set in the North Riding Agricultural Holdings Valley just below the Northgate Dome. There are over 300 planted Southern African indigenous tree species growing amongst the original Ancient African Olives, Mountain Karee, Bushman’s Poison, Common Hook Thorn, Red leaf Rock Fig and Rock Elder clusters located in the area.
There are roughly 600 aloes dispersed throughout the garden in sandstone rockeries along with shrubs, bulbs and indigenous grasses. Under the shade of the trees are dense patches of Plectanthrus (Spurflowers species) and other indigenous shade plants creating a forest floor effect under the tree canopies.
Saturday,23 Feb at 14.00 pm an illustrated talk “Indigenous Plants and Your Garden”
Malcolm from Witkoppen Wildflower Nursery will hold a talk in the nursery’s new hall (See below.) about indigenous plants and why we should be planting them.
Sunday, 24 feb. at 11.00am .The talk will be “Shady Affairs”.
As the show garden is quite shady the talk “Shady Affairs” will be quite appropriate. It is about how to garden in shade and a look at some indigenous plants that grow in shady conditions. So you can have a look at the garden ,have a cup of tea ,listen to the talk at the NURSERY and as long as you keep the ticket come back again and have a second look at the garden with a different view..
Entrance R50.00 incl talk by Malcolm at the Witkoppen Wildfower Nursery which is about 200m from the show garden. When you present your ticket from the garden the talk is for free and you get 10% discount on all plants. Children under 12 free.
There will be a Tea Garden at the show garden.
Contact-Margreet 072 400 1559 Helena 083 267 1661 for more details.
The Bea Thompson Hall
Our new venue, the Bea Thompson Hall, set up for a coaching course.
On Saturday morning, 26 January, Monica held the first event, a coaching course called Vission 2019, in our new venue at Witkoppen Wildflower Nursery. We have named the venue the Bea Thompson Hall in honor of Bea, who started our nursery 60 years ago.
The launch of the Bea Thompson Hall forms part of our celebrations of Witkoppen Wildflower Nursery reaching the 60th year of existence.
We will use the hall as a venue for our nursery events, talks and courses as well as Coach Ignite events. We will make the hall available to gardening and conservation oriented clubs and organisations at special rates and commercial businesses at competitive rates.
Work started on the renovations of our old lecture area in mid-December and other than a few tweaks still needed were completed on Friday afternoon before the first event. We still need to add curtains and blinds to the windows so that the hall can be darkened for slide shows, this will be done within the next two weeks.
The next event will be Monica’s “How to Identify Indigenous Grasses“, a one day course teaching interested people how to identify indigenous grasses. Malcolm Hepplewhite will present “A Layman’s Guide to Identifying Indigenous Trees”. This course is a practical course that aims to take the mystery out of using keys to identify trees. Originally scheduled for 22 to 24 February and 22 to 24 March, the tree course has been moved to the weekend of 29-31 March.
Monica Hepplewhite welcomes the deligates to the first event, the Vission 2019 coaching course, at our new venue.
We are very pleased to welcome Shadrack Tshivhiahuvhi to our team. Some of you may recorcnize Shadrack as he was the salesperson at the little indigenous nursery that used to operate at Stepping Stones. He is passionate and very knowledgable about indigenous plants and will fit into our team comfortably. Shadrack was with the Stepping Stone’s nursery for about 5 years before they closed down.
Shadrack is married to Nombulelo and they two sons, the eldest is 11 years old and the youngest is 6 months old.
We do hope that Shadrack will be happy as part of our family and that he will be with us for a long time.
New team member, Shadrack Tshivhiahuvhi.