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Li­sa Wa­ter­mey­er, Sam Kroon and Y­von­ne Drum­mond who or­ga­ni­sed the day.

NIEU-BETHESDA — The Graaff-reinet Garden Club spent the day in Nieu­bet­hes­da for their end of y­e­ar functi­on last Wed­nes­day.

Or­ga­ni­sers Li­sa Wa­ter­mey­er, Sam Kroon and Y­von­ne Drum­mond co-or­di­na­ted the day which kic­ked off in Su­zet­te du P­les­sis’ beau­ti­ful for­mal garden in Mar­tin Street. Bethesda la­dies pro­vi­ded tea e­ats as mem­bers ar­ri­ved and wan­de­red a­round the garden which was in full bloom – a litt­le la­te in the se­a­son due to the fact that Sum­mer is still wai­ting in the wings in Bethesda!

Han­na van Heer­den of Doorn­berg farm out­si­de Bethesda pre­sen­ted a fas­ci­na­ting talk on the va­lue of trees as a part of our na­tu­ral her­i­ta­ge. She re­lay­ed the sen­ti­ments of tree spe­ci­a­list Ri­an van Zyl who i­den­ti­fies and pre­ser­ves an­cient trees that are con­si­de­red a va­lu­a­ble part of our her­i­ta­ge.

Han­na spo­ke of the pear a­ve­nue as one en­ters the vil­la­ge, the an­cient quin­ce hed­ges and so­me of the hu­ge old oak trees as so­me of the ‘trees’ that could be e­ar­mar­ked for pre­ser­va­ti­on.

The De­part­ment of Wa­ter and Fo­re­stry al­so has a pro­ject w­he­re ‘C­ham­pi­on Trees’ are i­den­ti­fied for pre­ser­va­ti­on and tou­rism. An ex­am­ple of a c­ham­pi­on tree in our coun­try is an old En­g­lish Oak that is re­gar­ded as a ‘c­ham­pi­on’ as it is the on­ly ‘struc­tu­re’ left af­ter the de­mo­li­ti­on of Sophi­a­town.

Han­na en­coura­ged the mem­bers to c­lo­se their ey­es and to think of the first tree that had ma­de an im­pact on them in their li­ves, and then, as they wal­ked through Bethesda to fo­cus on and ta­ke no­te of no­ta­ble trees. Sit­ting in Su­zet­te’s garden un­der a green ca­nopy of ho­ney lo­cust trees, it was a pri­vi­le­ge to me­di­ta­te on the im­por­tan­ce of the beau­ti­ful trees in our li­ves, w­hat they add to our ex­is­ten­ce, and how es­sen­ti­al it is to va­lue and pre­ser­ve them.

Li­sa Wa­ter­mey­er, Gaye Mcclag­gan, Deb­bie Muir, Su­zet­te du P­les­sis and Bron­wen Lang­me­ad e­ach de­mon­stra­ted sim­ple, cre­a­ti­ve and eye-ca­t­ching i­de­as as they e­ach set a Chris­t­mas the­med ta­ble set­ting. C­le­ver i­de­as such as fil­ling a Pro­tea wi­ne bott­le with co­lour­ful paint as a va­se, u­sing re­cy­cled books as craf­ty Chris­t­mas The la­dies en­joy a Chris­t­mas lun­che­on at the beau­ti­ful ‘Wa­en­huis’. trees and ma­king use of w­hat one has at The Graaff-reinet Garden club is a small one’s dis­po­sal we­re shared with the re­cep­ti­ve group of la­dies who are all pas­si­o­na­te and group. ex­tre­me­ly kno­w­led­ge­a­ble a­bout gar­de­ning and

E­ver­yo­ne then had the chan­ce to ram­ble plants in the Ka­roo. Wal­king through the va­ri­ous through the vil­la­ge. Dus­t­co­vers book­s­hop pro­vi­ded gar­dens with them, it was e­vi­dent w­hat a wel­co­me cool re­freshment and a glorious su­pre­me we­alth of kno­w­led­ge they col­lecti­ve­ly ar­ray of books, ‘The Blue Cup­bo­ard’ ho­nesty con­tain. shop han­ded out free pump­kin seed­lings, They know the na­mes of e­ach and e­very en­coura­ging the la­dies to grow gi­ant pump­kins an­cient ro­se, they know which sh­rubs and for the Pum­pa­looza in A­pril, Da­vid Lang­me­ad trees will sur­vi­ve in Graaff-reinet but not in o­pe­ned his stu­dio to sho­w­ca­se his work, ‘S­tuff Bethesda. to Buy’ and ot­her shops in the vil­la­ge dis­play­ed They will bend their bo­dies in half to gent­ly their wa­res. tou­ch a ‘marsh­mal­low’ plant and de­lig­ht in

E­ver­yo­ne gat­he­red at 1pm at ‘Die Wa­en­huis’ ta­king a cut­ting or a seed­ling from the e­arth to w­he­re Chris and his te­am had set an ex­qui­si­te pro­pa­ga­te and lo­ve in their own gar­dens. It will Chris­t­mas ta­ble u­sing cut­ting ed­ge, u­nu­su­al­ly be a sad day, w­hen the kno­w­led­ge and pas­si­on beau­ti­ful co­lours of gold and y­el­low. The la­dies of a group of li­ke-min­ded pe­op­le such as the­se we­re ser­ved a de­li­ci­ous, ge­ne­rous me­al of la­sa­gne, di­sap­pear from our li­ves, and the va­lue of a qui­che and sa­lad and a con­vi­vi­al lun­che­on group such as the­se la­dies should be held in was en­joy­ed by all. high re­gard.

‘Die Wa­en­huis’ is a very spe­ci­al ve­nue and The beau­ti­ful gar­dens, hos­pi­ta­li­ty, and o­pen­he­ar­ted­ness the te­am spo­ke pas­si­o­na­te­ly a­bout look­ing for­ward of the vil­la­ge ma­de for a glorious to being o­pen for lunch and din­ner o­ver day of gar­de­ning, cu­li­na­ry and cre­a­ti­ve de­lig­hts the ho­li­day se­a­son. in Nieu-bethesda.

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