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Botanical Art Exhibition by Gillian Condy at Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery

My love for South African Indigenous Plants goes much further than just the plants in the soil.

I get so excited when I see botanical artwork that not only captures the likeness of the plant, but the essence of it too. Gillian Condy’s beautiful botanical paintings do just that.

We are delighted that Gillian will be exhibiting some of her botanical watercolours and prints at Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery, from Saturday the 2nd of April until the end of the month.  We are open from 8am to 5pm daily.

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Indigenous Shady Gardens - beat the Greenhouse Effect

Creating a colourful, shady indigenous forest garden in your back yard may seem an impossible task.

Most people these days feel that their small outdoor spaces are unsuitable for creating a tree-rich shady haven.

At Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery, Jeffrey and Fritos have transformed a very hot, small courtyard space into a unique indigenous shady garden with astounding attention to detail in their garden design.  Not only did they look at the key elements of a forest, but they created the garden with their nursery customers frequently asked questions about gardening in the shade, in mind.

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Create a Butterfly Balcony Garden

The best way to invite butterflies to your balcony or patio garden is by creating habitat to encourage them to take up residence. Habitat is simply a place where a living creature can meet all of their needs for food, shelter, water and a place to breed. You can provide for all of these needs in an indigenous plant container garden on your balcony, so that you can enjoy beautiful butterflies even in a tiny outdoor space.

Our most recent display garden gives you plenty of ideas on how to attract butterflies to your own beautiful butterfly balcony garden by using indigenous plants.  Here are some great tips from Linda De Luca and her team at Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery to create the best “invitations” for butterflies to your container garden. 

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Waterwise Gardening in a drought - Video

You can still have a beautiful garden, reduce your water consumption and cut your water bill too.

In this video, Linda De Luca of Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery shares four great tips and information for you on how to achieve a waterwise garden in dry times.

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Restoration of a Grassland at Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery

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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Make a Day of it – Book, Plant and Food Fair in aid of SARDA

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.

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Indigenous Grassland Biodiversity Walk with Prof Braam van Wyk

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.

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Three Fun Outdoor kids’ activities in Johannesburg

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.

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Jane Griffiths on Urban Food Gardening

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.

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South African Indigenous Trees for Arbor Week 2015

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).

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