The Gardener :: Editor's Letter
June 2018
   The Gardener

Winter is at our doorstep, the days are getting shorter and it’s harder to get out of bed in the morning. That said, we think we’ve got a couple of cracking articles to get you inspired to get into your garden, no matter how dark or cold it is outside.

But before we get into that I’d like to make mention of the incredible success of our first ever The Autumn Garden Show, held in the spectacular gardens of Doonholm Nursery in Midrand at the end of April.

This show was put together in record time, because once we have in idea we like to get things going! Despite this, it turned out beautifully and we’ll definitely be making it an annual event. I’d like to thank Doug and Louis of Doonholm, as well as their willing staff, who put their backs into making the gardens of the herb farm look as good as they’ve ever looked. What a magnificent venue it turned out to be!

My own team from The Gardener, especially Adele, Wendy and Jonathan, did a sterling job getting together such an interesting and diverse group of exhibitors dealing in everything from exotic plants and gardening supplies to food and drinks, while I thought the talks and garden tours were all top notch. Well done team!
I’d also like to thank Mayford for sponsoring the (very well attended!) Gin Terrace, and Atlantic Fertilisers for sponsoring the talks.

But back to the magazine! You’ll have noticed that the magazine is looking better than ever. That’s because we’ve changed to perfect bound (a square spine) and a locally manufactured South African Bond paper. This paper, made by Mondi, is produced from sustainably grown trees and significantly reduces the carbon footprint of your favourite reading matter! It also improves your reading experience, so it’s a win-win!

Finally, I’d like to thank every single one of you who came out in support of our show, and ensured that we’ll be back next year.
But back to the magazine! Femma and Rick Hackland’s garden is a wonderful example of how to garden with aloes in a modern, all-encompassing way. Check out the pic we got of this all-year-round aloe garden!

We’ve also jazzed things up with our regular herbs section, to give it more relevance to your life. This month we focus on Dad, and the herbs he can best make use of in the home and garden (and even with beer!).

So please, don’t sit inside waiting for winter to be over. Get out there, learn or plant something new, knowing that we’re doing the same in our gardens.

Till next month,
Happy gardening.


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