Sunday, November 30, 2008

Prince Albert Garden Club Visits Middelwater

- Jeanette de Lange -

Picture trees in your mind; big, shady, cool, trees, set in cool lawns surrounded by white, pink and the deepest red roses. This can’t possibly be in the Karoo, and exists only in magazines you say to yourself. And yet it is true: this is Middelwater at Wilgemond farm, the flower oasis, where Nelmarie Swiegers and her helpers work, gathering and tying bunch after bunch of colours for the flower market in Oudtshoorn. In fact you just have to be there yourself to see Garden Club members and visitors walk, stroll or get wheeled through this beautiful garden to experience pure tranquillity.

Na insiggewende praatjies oor bemarking en prysstygings deur Nelmarie, skuif die aksent na keurig gedekte tafels en gemakstoele met groot kussings. Dan op gewilde aanvraag – VETKOEK – waaraan almal wegle (sonder om te tel hoeveel!). Sommige van ons was vantevore op die plaas maar dit bly ‘n ervaring om te koester.

Our next Garden Club meeting will be in February 2009, so keep a lookout for the brand new poster that Tim Rowson kindly designed for us. Until then we wish you many happy hours of gardening and of celebrations with those close to you during the festive season.

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