Upcoming Gardeners’ Circle visit

On Monday 19 November the Gardeners’ Circle will meet at Harold Porter Gardens at 09:00 for a visit around SANBI’s HPNBG nursery. Karen Wall, the horticulturist at Harold Porter, is our hostess. Afterwards we will meet for tea and a chat at the Gardens. Meanwhile, Cornelia de Villiers has set up a Facebook page for the Gardeners’ Circle. Below is the message that she recently sent out to members: Dear Gardeners’ Circle member Please join the "Fynbos Gardeners’ Circle" Facebook group by clicking HERE.  Here we can share our photos of the gardens we visit, ask questions about plants we saw…
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Future Events

WALKS PLANNED FOR 2018: 18 AUGUST 2018 09h00 Harold Porter NBG from where we will walk to the start of the trail Can Spring be far away? Perhaps not. Let’s go and see what the spring flowers of the Cape Seashore Vegetation on the Denis Heesom Trail are doing. The trail is along the sea shore from Jock’s Bay to Stony Point so there aren’t any hills to climb. There are a couple of streams to cross and a long walk on a long beach. We will leave a vehicle at the end at Stony…
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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…
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TALKS PLANNED FOR 2018: 19 MAY 2018 17h30 for 18h00 Pringle Bay Community Hall Dr David Gwynne-Evans: “Botanizing the Sky-Islands of Africa: Cape Verde, Kenya and Ethiopia"  Botanist, David Gwynne-Evans has been documenting the flora of some of the most spectacular peaks of Africa. The highest of these are known as sky-islands. Their flora is radically different to the surrounding landscape, being adapted to the extreme conditions posed by living at altitude. His quest to sample from the five highest mountains of Kenya include Mount Kenya where giant Lobelias and Senecios dominate the skyline. In the Simian Mountains…
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TALKS PLANNED FOR 2018: 21 APRIL 2018 Sheraine van Wyk of the Whale Coast Conservation will be presenting, ‘Planting a Seed – Life as an Environmental Educator’ 21 April 2018, 18h00 at Nivenia Hall, Harold Porter Botanical Garden, Betty’s Bay. WALKS PLANNED FOR 2018 It’s been nearly two years since we last visited Hanneshoek, the area above the Kleinmond Golf Course. This year Protea compacta, our own Bot River Protea, is on spectacular display in the area. This easy walk also boasts many other Protea species; P. repens, Suikerbossie (of course), P. neriifolia, P. Longifolia,…
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TALKS PLANNED FOR 2018: 17 MARCH 2018 Otto Schmidt of the Cape Bird Club will be presenting, ‘Namibia – Prime birding in magnificent and varied landscapes’. We will be travelling through widely varying & visually stunning habitats, from the arid Namib Desert to the lush waterways of the Caprivi Strip, looking for the rare & colourful birds that make Namibia, our immediate northern neighbour, a must visit destination.  21 APRIL 2018 Sheraine van Wyk of the Whale Coast Conservation will be presenting, ‘Planting a Seed – Life as an Environmental Educator’ 21 April 2018, 18h00 at…
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TALKS PLANNED FOR 2018: 17 FEBRUARY 2018: Joselyn Mormille will present on ‘An interdisciplinary study on the human-baboon interface in Rooiels’. Join us at Nivenia Hall, Harold Porter Botanical Gardens in Betty’s Bay on 17 February 2018. 17 MARCH 2018 Otto Schmidt of the Cape Bird Club will be presenting, ‘Namibia – Prime birding in magnificent and varied landscapes’. We will be travelling through widely varying & visually stunning habitats, from the arid Namib Desert to the lush waterways of the Caprivi Strip, looking for the rare & colourful birds that make Namibia, our immediate…
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SOUTH AFRICA AT THE 2017 RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

  This month the branch has invited David Davidson to once again share his experiences at the 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  His talk will lead us through the behind the scenes action of the 2017 show, including the excitement around Kirstenbosch’s double win! David’s early years were spent growing up in the African bush of Zimbabwe and Zambia, which gave him an abiding love of nature.  His professional career started in psychology and clinical social work but a diploma in public relations was what finally enabled him to apply for the position at the…
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JOIN US AT THE RETREAT AT GROENFONTEIN

- Merrilee Berrisford I was in  the Klein Karoo last week, and stayed at The Retreat at Groenfontein in the foothills of the Swartberg. Last spring I was there, mostly on hands and knees looking at flowers, I felt it would be a good place for a Kogelberg Branch stay. There are two possible plant people who could guide us. As John Rourke says, it is not a really botanically rich spot but it is Klein Karoo, different. There are special places on the way where we may meet to botanise. Rates are very reasonable with deductions…
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AN INTERNATIONAL HONOUR FOR A BRANCH MEMBER

- Merran Silberbauer Dr Tony Cunningham, who is a member of our Kogelberg branch has recently received the Society for Economic Botany’s (SEB) 2016 “Distinguished Economic Botanist” award in recognition of his contribution to ethnobotany and economic botany over the past 36 years. This lifetime achievement award was presented to Tony at the SEB’s meeting in the United States of America based on his publication record, including the widely used book “Applied ethnobotany: people, wild plant use and conservation” (2001), which is also available in Spanish and Chinese and his contributions to mentoring students across…
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