Help­ing chil­dren and in­dige­nous plant lovers get their facts right

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THE 19th Kloof Con­ser­vancy In­dige­nous Open Gar­dens Show will take place next week­end. De­voted gar­den­ers will be show­cas­ing the ben­e­fits and plea­sures of in­dige­nous gar­den­ing, and there’s a new ad­di­tion to the show – a Na­ture Facts Trea­sure Hunt for kids.

Five clues and rid­dles are hid­den in each of the gar­dens. The rid­dles are tai­lored to each open gar­den and are de­signed to ed­u­cate kids about interesting na­ture facts in the sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment. The an­swers are filled in on a form to win lucky-draw prizes.

Al­though it’s de­signed for ages 4–16, the hunt is fun and interesting and young-at-heart grown-ups can also take part.

The show will also high­light gar­den trans­for­ma­tions – par­tic­u­larly from ex­otic to in­dige­nous flora. All seven open gar­dens are at dif­fer­ent stages of their trans­for­ma­tion, ex­hibit­ing step-by-step pro­cesses of in­cor­po­rat­ing lo­cal plant species into a va­ri­ety of gar­den designs.

The event takes place in the Up­per High­way area (Win­ston Park, Crestholme and Forest Hills).

Lo­cal snake wran­gler Nick Evans will have some of his rep­tiles on dis­play and be on hand to an­swer ques­tions.

Dr Jeanne Tar­rant from the En­dan­gered Wildlife Trust will ex­plain about am­phib­ians, and Elsa Poo­ley, a botanist, land­sca­per and artist, will also be there on Satur­day. Dates: Satur­day and Sun­day, June 16 and 17

Times: 9am to 4pm

En­try fee: R60 do­na­tion (adults) – in­cludes a slice of cake and cup of tea/cof­fee FREE en­try for chil­dren un­der 12

Na­ture Facts Trea­sure Hunt: R20 per en­try form

Tick­ets and forms: Avail­able at the open gar­dens and the tea gar­den

Cash/zap­per pay­ments only For more in­for­ma­tion: visit www.kloof­con­ser­vancy. org.za/www.face­book.com/ Kloof­con­ser­vancy

A new at­trac­tion at the Kloof Con­ser­vancy In­dige­nous Gar­dens Show is the Na­ture Facts Trea­sure Hunt.

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