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Gardening in South Africa

Common Tree of the Year 2017

Ziziphus mucronata Picture courtesy www.kyffhauser.co.zaZiziphus mucronata Picture courtesy www.kyffhauser.co.za Buffalo-thorn, Blinkblaar-wag-‘n-bietjie, Haakdoring, umPhafa, mokgalo, mphasamhala, mutshetshete, Umpafa, umLahlabantu (Ziziphus mucronata)

Ziziphus is a genus of about 40 species of spiny shrubs and small trees in the buckthorn and jubjube family (Rhamnaceae), which can be found growing wild in warm-temperate and subtropical regions throughout the world. The Buffalo Thorn occurs throughout the summer rainfall areas of sub-Saharan Africa, extending from South Africa to Ethiopia and Arabia. It is not common in the Western Cape.  Although it is common in areas dominated by thorny vegetation, it can be found in a wide range of habitats like: valleys and woodlands, along forest margins and streams, as well as open grasslands, scrubland and on rocky koppies.

Arbour Week, Iviki Lezihlahla - 1 to 7 September

Cabbage Tree (Cussonia) Picture courtesy www.newplant.co.zaCabbage Tree (Cussonia) Picture courtesy www.newplant.co.zaNational Arbour Week is a time when all South Africans celebrate our indigenous trees by getting together as communities to plant as many trees as possible. 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 help prevent soil erosion by stabilising the soil and can be a valuable food source for humans and livestock. They also provide shelter and food for all kinds of wildlife, and many are used in traditional medicines and ceremonies.

Cheerfully Pretty

CatnipCatnipIf you are like many, living a hectic lifestyle with precious little time to potter around the garden, then Petunias are for you. They are one of those rare gems that reward very little care with masses of blooms. Petunias are one of the most recognisable and popular of the ornamental bedding plants. This is probably due to their hardiness coupled with their ability to bloom prolifically. There is a Petunia for every season and for every garden.

South Africa Gold Winning Chelsea Exhibit - Re-created at Garden World

South Africa won its 35th gold medal in 42 years of exhibiting at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in London. The display was also awarded the prestigious President’s Award. Every year it is re-created at Garden World, so if you haven’t seen this year’s Kirstenbosch South Africa Chelsea Exhibit designed by internationally recognised designers Ray Hudson and David Davidson, there is still time to see it at Garden World.

With its theme 'Windows on Biodiversity', the exhibit has gorgeous backdrops of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden. The plants on display represent all ten of South Africa’s National Botanical Gardens: Free State, Hantam, Harold Porter, Karoo Desert, Kirstenbosch, Kwelera, Lowveld, KwaZulu-Natal, Pretoria and Walter Sisulu.

This year it is being supported by Starke Ayres, and well worth a visit!

Interflora at Garden World

If you are a keen gardener who also loves floral arrangements you will be dazzled by the displays at Garden World this year. Spoil yourself, and visit Garden World for some spring inspiration!

Garden World is on Beyers Naudé Drive in Muldersdrift.

For information on the Spring Festival
contact Garden World on
011 957 2545 /011 956 3003 or 083 997 6142.

For more information on the festival visit www.gardenworld.co.za


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