Of proteas and pincushions

2016-07-27 06:00


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ANNUALLY, the South African exhibit at the famous Chelsea Flower Show win the highest awards for its display of indigenous flora, much of it showcasing the wealth of the unique Cape floral kingdom.
Most often a selection of proteas and pincushions and other fynbos foliage are used en masse to create the focal point of the award winning displays. The magnificent King Protea is South Africa’s national flower and proteas of all varieties are sought after by floral artists across the globe.

Many Greytonians will have noticed over the past 18 months, a variety of beautiful blooms from Brayleigh Protea farm gracing homes, bouquets and flower stalls around the province bringing an experience of gloriously rich and diverse Cape flora to KwaZulu-Natal.
What began as a tentative experiment with 600 plants of five varieties of pincushions and proteas has exploded into a thriving enterprise of 55 000 plants of 25 different varieties. With more plantings envisaged in the near future this is an exciting and inspiring success story worth hearing.

On Tuesday 2 August Umvoti Garden Club members and guests will be visiting Brayleigh Proteas, home of Murray and Juanita Mason, to learn more about this exciting and rewarding enterprise right on our doorstep and will be able to see how these magnificent blooms are grown, picked and packed for the local flower market. Subject to availability bunches of proteas or pincushions will be on sale after the meeting.

Members and guests are encouraged to come along and enjoy an interesting morning starting at 9.30am. Directions to the venue will be signposted off the Muden Road near Merthley Lake turn-off. Please bring chairs to sit on during the presentation and comfortable walking shoes for the excursion through the proteas.

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