Gardeners’ Circle 22 October 2018

The fourth gathering of the Gardeners’ Circle* took place in Rooi Els on the wind-free, sunnily warm morning of Monday 22 October. Numbers attending the Gardeners’ Circle have grown on each successive occasion, and this time totalled 49 people, who strolled happily from venue to venue under the direction of Dave de Klerk who had organised the proceedings. The aim once again was to visit three local gardens - each with its own specific climate and soil conditions, and to explore the effect these have on the plants one can hope to grow successfully. No…
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The aliens drank our water!

Understanding the impact of invasive alien vegetation on our water resources   [With thanks to info from the Department of Environmental Affairs]  The Working for Water (WfW) programme was launched in 1995 in response to the realisation of the gravity of the threat that invasive alien plants pose to water resources. A group of scientists and natural resource managers presented the idea to the late Kader Asmal, who was at the time Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry. Professor Asmal was instrumental in getting the government support needed for this programme and it was officially launched in September 1995 at a cost of R25 million. At the time Rand Water also formed an integral part of…
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Ethel May Dixie

(1876—1973) Ethel Dixie was born at Sea Point, Cape Town. She was a freelance, largely self-taught botanical artist who was part of a circle of late Victorian and Edwardian women artists in Cape Town, including Emily and Florence Thwaits, all of  whom were interested in botanical art. Miss Dixie came to prominence as the principal illustrator of Rudolf Marloth’s The Flora of South Africa, four volumes in six parts, 1913-1932. This work occupied her for several years and in this sense she is among the first professional botanical artists in South Africa whose work was…
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Jenny Berrisford

28/11/1940 – 10/8/2018 Jenny B is one of those rare people who left a double legacy in her community: invisible and visible, in our special memories but also in so many landscapes around the villages of the Kogelberg. Those special memories - Jenny telling a story with verve then our unstoppable laughter, her tales of early days in Pringle, Jenny smiling, gracious, defending the right, fun on BotSoc expeditions – Gifberg, Groenfontein. Hardworking always, Jenny qualified as a horticulturist at the then Cape Technicon while mother of four busy children and running an export protea…
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Visiting the most threatened habitats on earth

“Hello my name is Robbie and I am a proteaholic. It’s not really helped by the fact that my boyfriend has P.O.C.D. (protea obsessive compulsive disorder) too. I can’t help it. I just can’t get enough of the proteaceae! It all started as a child, as these things often do...” - An excerpt from a blog post by Robbie Blackhall-Miles, a plantsman and conservationist in North Wales, and founder of FossilPlants, a conservation endeavour which he describes as “the home of our prehistoric garden in North Wales”. Most of the plants in the FossilPlants garden…
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Kogelberg BotSoc AGM Annual Report

Botanical Society of South Africa : Kogelberg Branch AGM 21 July 2018 Annual Report - By Tim Attwell, Chairman  It is more than appropriate to begin this Annual Report by paying tribute to our former Chairman, Merrilee Berrisford. (Merrilee correctly insists that the word is indeed ‘Chairman’ and not the neologism ‘Chairperson’, since the ‘man’ in the word ‘Chairman’ refers to the Latin manus, a hand, and not to the male gender of Homo sapiens.) Merrilee has guided, inspired and managed the Kogelberg Branch of the Botanical Society with a vigour and enthusiasm that is impossible…
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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…
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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…
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An all-new Kogelberg Gardening Club

- By Merilee Berrisford  A group to offer helpful advice and practical demonstrations to garden lovers and garden strugglers Here we are living in the Kogelberg with dune gardens, mountain gardens, wetland gardens and more, but many people feel completely at sea when it comes to gardening in this unique biosphere reserve. What works in one garden makes no progress in another. Some people seem to get it just right while others tear their hair out in frustration that nothing grows. The Kogelberg Branch of the Botanical Society of South Africa has come together to form…
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First NEMBA criminal case: Developer found guilty

State vs Granada Home Builders (Pinetown Case 601/02/2017) Laws take effect when they are enforced. See the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (NEMBA) beginning to take effect. Read how collaboration between members of the public, the Department of Environment Affairs (DEA) and the Courts led to a successful prosecution under NEMBA and the eradication of a serious infestation of alien invasive species. Community conservation at work! Background The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) Biosecurity Compliance Monitoring unit in KwaZulu-Natal in 2016 received a complaint about a property infested with invasive species. On 12 May 2016,…
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