Gardening for birds

2018-05-16 06:00

ON Tuesday, May 8, renowned landscaper, authoress and ornithologist, Sally Johnson, enthralled Garden Club members and guests with her entertaining, anecdotal and informative presentation on the interesting topic of “How to attract birds to a garden”.

Having recently moved to a much smaller property and starting a bird-friendly garden from scratch, Johnson shared her experiences and offered many practical ideas of how to encourage birds to visit and eventually become resident in a new garden.

To illustrate her talk she brought examples of readily available indigenous plants that attract birds to the garden. After the presentation the numerous questions asked were indicative of a keen interest in the topic.

The large, historic farm garden of “Bloemhof”, was a venue that complimented this meeting perfectly.

After the talk, while tea was served, people were encouraged to walk and explore this many-roomed garden to see how a garden can serve multiple purposes.

Hostess, Robyn Adendorff guided interested members and guests to observe how her garden offers a wealth of bird attracting plants and wild areas as well as an abundance of plant material suitable for use in floral arrangements.

A very sociable tea and delicious eats were enjoyed in the warmth of the autumn sun surrounded by trees turning to the glowing hues of the change of season.

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