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Gardening in South Africa

For Arbour Week 2018 South Africans will be celebrating our very handsome Yellowwoods

Outeniqua Yellowwood. Picture courtesy www.kumbulanursery.co.zaOuteniqua Yellowwood. Picture courtesy www.kumbulanursery.co.zaOur indigenous Yellowwoods have become firm favourites with gardeners around the country, and the world, for their beauty and versatility. They can be grown as specimen trees, and the Breede River yellowwood, being the smallest of the yellowwoods, is suitable for small gardens. All yellowwoods can be cultivated in large containers, and Henkel’s yellowwood makes an excellent hedge or screen. Yellowwoods also make good bonsai subjects, so even if you only have a balcony, you could grow one!

Every year we also remember, and promote one of our rare or uncommon trees, and this year it’s the Shepherd's Tree, Witgat, siPhiso, Mohlôpi, Xukutsi, Muthobi (Boscia albitrunca.) SA Tree No: 122.

Iviki Lezihlahla, Arbour Week - 1 to 7 September 2018

Henkel's YellowwoodHenkel's YellowwoodDon't forget to prepare for National Arbour Week, its a time when all South Africans celebrate our indigenous trees by getting together as communities to plant as many trees as possible. This year South Africans will celebrate our Yellowwood Trees, and the rare or uncommon Shepherd's Tree, Witgat. 

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Arbour Day was first celebrated in South Africa in 1983, capturing the imagination of people who recognised the need for raising awareness of the value of trees in our society. Trees not only beautify and shade our land; they also help prevent soil erosion by stabilising the soil, and can be a valuable food source for humans and livestock. Trees also provide shelter and food for all kinds of wildlife, and many are used in traditional medicines and ceremonies.

August is a busy month in the garden

Bokbaaivygie Picture courtesy Maria KlangBokbaaivygie Picture courtesy Maria KlangWhat to do in your garden in August

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August may be a windy month, and can still get miserably cold, but it is also the month when you really start reaping the rewards of your carefully planned winter and spring flower garden; and as the month progresses the displays will just get better and better - banishing even the worst of the winter-blues.

Because August is known as the windy month, ensure that all your standard plants and young trees are securely staked. There are many different types of tree stakes and ties, and different staking methods are used, depending on the size of the tree. Small trees can be secured to a wooden stake with a soft material like pantyhose or raffia, but larger trees will require very sturdy wooden or steel stakes and stronger ties. When securing your ties, ensure that they are not too tight, or they will damage the bark. Check the ties regularly during summer to ensure that they have not become too tight, causing damage to the trees.

2018 Garden World Spring Festival ‘A Sense of Place’

Garden 7 - A Measure of FormalityGarden 7 - A Measure of FormalityA ‘Sense of Place’ is the theme for this year’s Spring Festival at Garden World from Friday July 27 to Sunday September 2. The challenge to landscapers creating the 17 show gardens is to design gardens with mood, atmosphere and personal style. Participating landscapers include last year’s People’s Choice winner, Lizette Nieman of Strylitzia Landscapes, and other gold medal winners as well as new landscapers. The popular children’s gardens will be featured as well as display gardens by Rand Water and the SA National Botanical Gardens.

Garden Worlds very own exhibit 'A World in One Country'

Arderne Gardens, Claremont, Cape TownArderne Gardens, Claremont, Cape TownA first this year will be Garden World’s very own ‘A World In One Country’. An exhibit which will feature settings of flora from The Table Mountain National Park in the Western Cape, Coffee Bay on the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape, The Arderne Gardens with its shady glades, romantic nooks and ponds in Claremont in the Western Cape and a farm scene in Namaqualand in the Northern Cape.


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