Some people are scared of spiders, or snakes. We all know that’s an example of a phobia. The opposite to this is a real love for something – for example, your love Nature (and living things) makes you a biophilic. Chances are that if you’ve already visited Keith Kirsten Waterfall Wilds, or you live in Waterfall Estates, then you share our love for Nature. With more and more people living in cities, and with virtual experiences starting to replace real ones, there is a genuine danger that we could all be cut off from Nature. This would not only be a crying shame, but could also be bad for our health. Think how much calmer and more grounded you feel when you’re surrounded by plants and trees. Wouldn’t you like to feel this way more often, and experience the satisfaction that comes when you work with Nature, rather than against it? Creating a beautiful garden, patio or balcony is one way of retaining and strengthening this natural bond. Celebrating Heritage Day brought us together as a nation and reminded us of our rich, deep cultural legacies, and our sometimes-turbulent past. But South Africa also has an outstanding botanical heritage, with a diversity [...]
All trees less 30% from 1 – 7 September 2017 at Keith Kirsten Waterfall Wilds. As we celebrate Spring Day, many of us are looking to the future both in our gardens and on a grander scale. As gardeners, we believe that there’s no greater vote of confidence that you can make in the future of our Rainbow Nation, than planting a tree. A tree that will grow and prosper long after you yourself have passed away. A tree that will provide beauty and shade to future generations of your family. A tree for birds to nest in and kids to climb. A tree that will drop leaves in someone else’s pool, or apples in your grandchildren’s baskets. The first week of September is set aside as National Arbor Week, and it’s all about encouraging all South Africans to plant more indigenous trees. Our trees are under threat: with increasing demand for land for houses, malls and road widening, it seems that we are squeezing the trees out.
Orchid Show from 04 – 06 August. Look at, learn about and fall in love with orchids. This month we’re getting excited about orchids at Keith Kirsten Waterfall Wilds. Orchids belong to one of the largest families of flowering plants, with some 28 000 species found worldwide. They have intrigued people for centuries, to the extent that orchid lovers have created an incredible 100 000 hybrids and cultivars. Now available in every imaginable hue, orchids have long had important cultural symbolism. Different species of orchid are the national flowers of Venezuela, Singapore and Belize, among others. Orchids have been used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and one orchid genus, Vanilla, is of course well-known as a culinary ingredient and natural flavouring. Orchids are most popular as ornamental houseplants and not just in our homes. It’s all but impossible to open an interior design magazine without seeing orchids stylishly arranged in boutique hotels and coffee shops and they’ve become a very popular gift. Sadly, many people’s orchid experiences consist of receiving or buying a plant with beautiful blooms that quickly fade, never to reappear. So how can you best care for your new orchid and enjoy it at home? Most important (as with any plant) is to [...]