Part of the attraction of the Open Garden Constantia days is the popular plant sale (the PPS!).
The members of each of the three garden clubs grow perennials and shrubs to be offered for sale on November 14th and 15th. Naturally, this takes time, and space, and each gardener has their own approach to plant babysitting and feeding.
Flourish Garden Club has an ace up its sleeve: the club asked each of its 26 members to grow 10 plants for the plant sale. And then, writes their chairperson, Penny: “…the best of the best were loaded up on Lorette’s bakkie, who then delivered the plants to Cherise at Kirstenbosch.”
Cherise is a member of Flourish, and she runs the propagation nursery at Kirstenbosch National Botanic Garden.
“Here,” continues Penny, “under her watchful eye, these plants will get a good feeding and looking after for the month prior to the sale.”
You can’t ask for better a better fattening up of plants destined for new gardens. Kind of like a horticultural version of foie gras. And nobody dies.
Photo: Marianne Alexander