Romancing the Rose in Addo

2019-10-03 06:01
THE Addo Rose Fayre will be held on Saturday, October 12 at the Valentine Hall, Addo. Here are some of the Sundays River Valley Women’s Institute members who organises the Fayre. From left are Marisa Woolley, Bianca Woolley, Ulrica Stiemie and Rosemary Meiring. Photo:HEILIE COMBRINCK

THE Addo Rose Fayre will be held on Saturday, October 12 at the Valentine Hall, Addo. Here are some of the Sundays River Valley Women’s Institute members who organises the Fayre. From left are Marisa Woolley, Bianca Woolley, Ulrica Stiemie and Rosemary Meiring. Photo:HEILIE COMBRINCK

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“Think ‘The Durrells’ with a mixture of ‘Mamma Mia’ and that is what we are hoping to recreate in the Rose Café,” said Marisa.

A new venture at the 2019 Addo Rose Fayre will be a garden tour to three different beautiful gardens.

The bus trip with Nita Tayler-Smith as the guide, is limited to 30 people. Pre-booking is with her (072 791 9744).

Other activities of the day include live music by Simon Shaw, Neil Pienaar and the Collegiate jazz and orchestra band; various interesting stalls like Bridge Street Brewery (craft beer and gin), Habata Wines, SOGA organic juices, Makoti and even equipment by Nels and Lezmin. Floradale Nursery will offer a variety of roses for sale.

The Addo Township Designs sewing group as well as George’s Nursery will be back for their second consecutive year by popular demand.

“There is something in our soil that is good for citrus and roses. I do not know exactly what. We are also in a valley known for its fossils dating back some millions of years.

“I guess that is the goodness in our soil,” said Rosemary Meiring one of the oldest SRVWI members.

Rosemary has been planting roses for the past 60 years and is a member of the Royal Horticultural Society of England as well as the Royal Rose Society.

“You plant a flower like a pansy and it goes, then you have to pull it out and plant again. But if you plant a rose, it is forever and always beautiful to look at. I can’t wait to get up in the morning and see what is opening in my garden,” Rosemary explained.

  • The Addo Rose Fayre will be on Saturday, October 12 from 09:00 till 15:00 and the entrance fee is R50. Parking is free.
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