Standing in the veld grasses, tucked away at the bottom of Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery, it is hard to believe that this was once a dense stand of alien invader trees, Black and Silver Wattle.
All around one the sounds of nature buzz and hum, and on close inspection the diversity of herbaceous Highveld indigenous plants is staggering.
Carol Knoll, former editor of Footprint magazine has captured this diversity beautifully in her article "Restoration of an Indigenous Grassland at Random Harvest Nursery"
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A Book, Plant and Food Fair at Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery. Join us on Saturday the 17th of October 2015.
It's going to be a veritable feast for the mind, body and soul and we'd love you to spend the day with us - starts at 9:00am and ends at 4:00pm.
This day is a moment that is part of a larger story - October 2015 is our 25th Birthday month at the indigenous plant nursery.My life and that of Random Harvest are inextricably intertwined, and so in celebrating 25 years of this remarkable Farm and Nursery, I share three of my first loves with you - indigenous plants, books and good food.
Proceeds from the Day will be going to my nominated charity, South African Riding for the Disabled. What an amazing group of people and "equine therapists" (horses and ponies) that work together to bring healing, hope and joy to the lives of so many.
After 25 years of restoring a section of disturbed grassland at Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery, I am so excited that Prof. Braam van Wyk will be leading a walk through this beloved part of my farm in October.
I have been fascinated and delighted by how the grassland ecology has increased in complexity since we have restored this piece of land.
Braam’s passion for bringing botany and ecology to the public in an understandable and interesting manner made him my first choice to lead this special walk.
I never cease to be amazed at how children respond to being at Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery. It is as if they rediscover open space and the beauty of nature around them all over again.
I am a firm believer in Nature being a wonderful teacher. In fact, some experts refer to nature as “Vitamin N”- essential for a healthy balanced life. For many children that live in urban areas, Random Harvest Nursery provides a vital dose of this “Vitamin N”. We like to engage the children with their senses, encouraging them to respond to what is around them through touch, smell, hearing and sight.
When I wrote my first book, Jane's Delicious Garden, I knew hardly anyone who grew their own food. That has changed.
Growing organic vegetables, once a fringe activity, is now mainstream. When people begin growing their own food, it changes them.
I am constantly reminded of how lucky we are to live in this amazing country we call South Africa. It is so rich in biodiversity and promise.
The indigenous trees, too, reflect this richness, and evoke the spirit of the place that their species originated from. For instance, when I look at the Acacia species, they are the quintessential African Savannah trees.
South Africa has some 1700 indigenous tree species, and each year 2 species are chosen as the tree of the year. This Arbor Week we tell you a bit more about the Trees of the Year for 2015.
They are the Forest Bushwillow (Combretum kraussii) and the Parsley Tree (Heteromorpha arborescens).
For over 20 years internationally known Africa Yarona has operated as a loose association of 15 artists. Their name means "this beautiful Africa of ours".
For the months of September and October some of their beautiful sculpture will be displayed and sold from Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery.
When I looked at this art, It is so quintessentially Africa, particularly Southern African, that I felt it would fit in beautifully with our indigenous plants. The varied textures and colours of the plants lend themselves well to hand crafted, organic garden sculpture.
Random Harvest Nursery celebrates 25 years in business as an indigenous plant nursery in October, and we are delighted that Elsa Pooley is part of our exciting programme of events for this month.
Random Harvest Nursery has been in business for 25 years in October this year!
Our message stays constant – live sustainably and always include indigenous plants to make your garden wildlife friendly.
Some fun activities have been planned to celebrate our anniversary. All events and exhibitions tie in with our commitment to caring for the environment and delighting in its beauty. Here is a brief summary of what’s on in October at Random Harvest.
A cosy courtyard and tiny outside spaces can be a challenge to landscape. They need to be beautiful and inviting, whilst keeping things simple and uncluttered.
With some good garden landscaping ideas, these areas can look amazing.
Take a look at what we did with our indigenous plants to create a design idea for a courtyard garden.
We have kept the number of plant species down (only 17 out of over 800 to choose from!).
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