Ten ways to support Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens

One of the core purposes of the Botanical Society of South Africa is to support the work of the National Botanical Gardens. A recent meeting between Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens Curator Berenice Carolus and Tim Attwell, Chairman of the Kogelberg Branch, came up with ten ways for the Kogelberg branch of the Botanical Society to partner with the Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens.   Promoting the Garden Botsoc Kogelberg can help HPNBG by promoting the Garden and encouraging visits among the local public and keeping Botsoc members informed of developments in HPNBG. A ‘critical…

Talk Report – July 2018

1. Sky Islands: An illustrated talk - By David Gwynne-Evans (19 May 2018) When first hearing of the title of David’s talk one might imagine planets or constellations, but no, this talk was about Mountain Peaks that emerge through the clouds forming islands in the sky. A beautiful example is Tretchikoff’s  painting, “Valley of a Thousand Hills”, depicting mountain peaks peeking through the cloud mass. David, who admitted to a fear of heights, has climbed into the island archipelagos  of Kenya, Tanzania, the Drakensberg, the Canary and Cape Verde islands. He has plans to visit…

Walk Report – July 2018

– By Tim Attwell (19 May 2018)  The aim of the exercise was to find less seen and seldom recognised members of the protea family close to home. Where better than Rod’s Trail? Maybe because it’s in Betty’s Bay’s back yard there is a tendency to overlook this extraordinary little trail through Kogelberg Sandstone Fynbos on the slopes of Voorberg when looking for the rare and remarkable. So it was that we set off from the Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens, up Kloof Road, behind the Disa Youth Camp and on to the mountainside. The objective…

Garden Club Meeting Notice

Dear All Andrea and I met yesterday with Anli Theron and Sharon Couldridge – apologies from another five. This was very much a preliminary gathering. We’d like to gather more people together for a first outing or two and then hand over to new organisers. This will bring in more workers perhaps. 23rd July, a Monday we’ll meet at Harold Porter 9am, weather permitting visit Gwen’s garden, then Bass Rd with Jenny B doing a bit of fynbos pruning – choice of Anli and Andrea’s garden - then tea and talk in our garden. Perhaps will…

Botsoc Kogelberg Next Talk

AGM Kogelberg Branch of the Botanical Society of South Africa Annual General Meeting Date: 21 July 2018 Time: 17:30 for 18:00 Venue: Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens Talk Topic: Thunberg and Sparrman – Apostles of Linnaeus in South Africa Presenter: John Rourke Date: 21 July 2018 Time: After AGM Venue: Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens The Apostles of Linnaeus were a group of students who carried out botanical and zoological expeditions throughout the world that were either devised or approved by botanist Carl Linnaeus. The expeditions took place during the latter half of the 18th…

Future Events

WALKS PLANNED FOR 2018: 21 JULY 2018 09h00 Harold Porter NBG to share transport to the start at Fairy Glen Wild, wet and wonderful! It’s a while since we explored the Plateau Path above Fairy Glen. It’s a year and a half since a fire cleared the area, the winter rains have come and the resprouters and some bulbs are finding life again. Who knows? We may find signs of new life from some reseeders too. We will see waterfalls, lively mountain streams and wonderful views. Bring rain gear, a flask of something warm and a…

Behind the scenes at Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens

Tim had a good meeting with Bernie Carolus from Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens on 17 April 2018. He visited the Educational Centre which is now a pleasantly large and airy building. The nursery is now also well stocked, grey water systems are being installed and the plants on sale will be organised into different vegetation types. The greenhouses and nursery are separate from plant sales area. The purpose of Tim's visit was to find out how developments at Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens are progressing and more particularly, how their work can be supported…

Pringle Bay Hack Report No 136

It was at the back of most hackers’ minds that on 24 June 2018 we would not be hacking due to possible rainy weather. We were waiting for the crucial sms cancelling the hack, which never came! Despite the weather and a few raindrops, 28 members of the Pringle Bay Hack Group convened at Drostergat. We first tackled the Rooikrantz and Brazilian Pepper Trees on Plots 370 - 3, behind the Country Deli, and thereafter the Rooikrantz, Port Jackson and Australian Myrtle on the verges of the intersection of James and Oliver roads. Thank you,…

Betty’s Bay Hack Report No 662&663

The Battle for Betty’s Bay: Report on Hack 662 (June 2018) The troops tackled Acacia Elata and Eucalyptus in Disa Jeugkamp and on the slopes of Voorberg. Boring, but absolutely essential in order to save the mountain for future generations. So a big thank you to all! The tea was made by Merran Silberbauer, and the sandwiches by Christine Dreyer. Thank you ladies! Penguin Place again donated the bread. The troops were: John Benn, David Bossenger, Chris Cadman, newcomer Pierre Combrink, Tom Dreyer, Jane Fearnhead,  Richard Gould, Jan and Betsey Joubert, Ulli Niemann, Natalie and…