Sunday, January 31, 2010

Garden Club News

- Sue Goosen and Dawn Viljoen -

End to a productive 2009

The Prince Albert Garden Club members and their visitors ended the year with a relaxed bring-and-share at committee member, Linda Jaquet’s home on Pastorie Street on the evening of 2 December. Over a glass of wine, everyone’s know-how and recall of the Garden Club’s activities in 2009 was tested in a “know your gardening and plants” quiz.

In a close contest, Lorna Verran was declared our most well-informed gardener and was presented with a fascinating book on Aloe Vera, donated by Neil Dickson. Members also watched a short promotional DVD on the innovative Alzola solar cooker produced by Elnatan in Calitzdorp.

Garden Club Plant Sale

Happy gardeners quickly snapped up bargains at the Garden Club’s first Plant Sale at the Saturday Morning Market in December. Early shoppers were able to choose from a diverse selection of healthy and strong plants which had been propagated by our members. From Karoo orchids to aspidistra, herbs, succulents, no less than six varieties of lavenders, trees and flowering shrubs, all were suitable for the extremes of the Prince Albert climate.

Thank you to all members who donated plants and time to make the Plant Sale a success, without your efforts there would not have been a sale. Special thanks also to the committee, who priced, sorted and transported plants beforehand.

The Secret Life of Bees

Our 2010 programme starts with a talk by Peter Lawson on bees and beekeeping on 3 February at the Jans Rautenbach Schouwburg.

The meeting starts at 15h00 and is open not only to members but also to everyone who would like to learn more or has questions to ask about this fascinating little creature that is vital to our very existence, from someone who has been working with bees for over 50 years.

There will also be a tasting of Peter’s Karoo Gold honey.

To learn more, call Sue Goosen on 023 5411 558.

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