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  NEW HORIZEN FARM-NURSERY                                                                                                                                                              TRADE DAY
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In 2003, while the Western Cape was withering                                                                                                                                             VENUE                                                                                                                                    2 0 1 0
under a drought, horticulturist Eric Cherry followed                                                                                                                                    See you there

                                                                                                                                                                                             GREEN TIMES
his heart and head to purchase New Horizen Farm-
Nursery, situated on a unique patch of Sandveld
close to Malmesbury.
Eric’s vision was to develop this nursery, previously
owned by Rob Stodel, into an eco-friendly and
sustainable farm-like haven where the nursery and
the natural landscape would work in symbiosis
with each other.                                                                                                                                                                            NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY THE CAPE GREEN FORUM
Six years later his passion - combined with his
qualifications and three decades’ experience - has                                                                                                                                          P.O. Box 5513, Helderberg, 7135, Cape. Tel: 021 855 0092 e-mail:
                                                                                                      access to many options when they come to New Horizen.                               All the buzz of 2010 is upon us with only                    with plenty of interesting spaces to mean-
                                                                                                      “I work towards a time when people will drive out for the                         a few months to go. We managed to pin                          der - make sure you’re there.                    EXCITING NEW VENUE!
                                                                                                      day and visit the various nurseries,” is how Eric summarises                      Richard Mathieson down to share some                                                                           BEAUTIFUL CHARACTER FARM..
                                                                                                      his dream for the future.                                                                                                                          A friendly reminder, if your subs are still
                                                                                                                                                                                        information on our very own Cape Town                          not paid, please push the buttons and get         EXHIBITORS WILL BE IN 3
                                                                                                      In the meantime, the nursery is increasing its topiary range,
                                                                                                                                                                                        Stadium. We look forward to following                          them in, its not much at all. We’re looking      BARNS WHICH ALL LEAD TO
                                                                                                      sculptural plants, ornamental plants and succulent range,
                                                                                                                                                                                        this up with a visit to the venue soon.                        forward to a great year ahead with plenty
                                                                                                      as it continues to adapt to the changing needs of retail                                                                                                                                          THE SEMI COVERED STANDS
                                                                                                      nurseries and landscapers. In Eric’s words, “New Horizen                            We, as Di rightly put it, had a bombshell                    of social events, some serious discussions,
                                                                                                      is built on a forward-looking philosophy; we aim to always                        dropped on us earlier this week. The in-                       more laughs, another tour and most im-                   OUTSIDE.
                                                                                                      be one step further and one step greener.”                                        door riding centre where we hold our                           portantly, keeping you in touch with our
                                                                                                                                                                                        trade days, called to say that the venue                       industry. Your subs and input make all this
                                                                                                      New Horizen is a member of SANA. It is open to the                                was no longer available - with only 3 weeks                    happen.
                                                                                                      horticultural trade via appointment, with deliveries                              to go! It was a scurry with the committee                        If you would like to get involved join the
                                                                                                      undertaken throughout the Western Cape.                                           looking at their resources to find another                                                                       WED.17 FEBRUARY 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       committee, please make contact with us,
                                                                                                                                                                                        suitable venue. In the end we can thank                        your suggestions, comments and support                10h00 - 16h00
                                                                                                      Contact details
                                                                                                                                                                                        Pieter Van Niekerk for kindly offering his                     are always welcome.
                                                                                                      Jo van Wyk (Sales Manager): 021 551 7010 or 082 566 3554                                                                                                                                            Meander through the many varied
                                                                                                                                                                                        farm and facilities outside Stellenbosch.
                                                                                                      Wicus Lesch (Nursery Manager): 072 501 4739                                                                                                        Wishing you a successful, exciting and          stands, from trees to plugs, organics
                                                                                                                                                                                        After visiting the venue with Di and doing
made this an awe-inspiring reality. New Horizen has expanded                                                                                                                                                                                           healthy year ahead.             Scott Hogg        to chemical, pumps, irrigation, pots
                                                                                                                                                                                        some pacing and measuring, the stage is
substantially due to the dedication and hard work of its staff                                                                                                                          set for an exciting change this year. A fan-                                                                                 and lots more...
under Nursery Manager Wicus Lesch, his assistant, Sean Jones,                                                                                                                           tastic farm setting, linking barns and tents                                                                     Talk to suppliers and catch up with old
and Sales Manager Jo van Wyk.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                colleagues - be there to network.
The nursery now offers a wide range of retail and landscaping                                                                                                                             Email from Wendy Sanderson-Smith after the end year                                                                     Food & drinks available
plants, including groundcovers, perennials, shrubs and trees as                                                                                                                                   Baxter comedy evening - thanks Wendy
well as colour pots. As the best quality and competitive pricing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Directions: Take Exit 39 off N1 turn to-
drive New Horizen, dedication and innovative ideas are of the                                                                                                                            Just a quick note - to say - THANK YOU ! for an absolutely                                                    wards S/bosch on the R304, pass van den
utmost importance. For example, economical 24 plug trays have                                                                                                                              amazing evening, last night the food was superb, the                                                        Berg Garden Village & Ludwig’s, over the
replaced 6 packs for groundcovers, perennials and ornamental                                                                                                                                                show was fantastic !                                                                       railway bridge, we’re on the farm on your
grasses.                                                                                                                                                                                  Honestly haven’t had so much fun in ages, we all really                                                       right just past Villeria. Look for the signs.
                                                                                                                                                                                           had a great and relaxing ‘green’ night out, it is just so
                                                                                                                                                                                              good, to see all the ‘greens’ together at one time.                                                          For more info or map contact Di:
The nursery is close to Michells, Veld & Fynbos, Bloemendal,
Milkwood, Malmesbury Wholesale, West Coast Flora, Big Ben                                                                                                                                  One often gets quite dispirited and forgets the fellow-                                                                    082 376 0377
and Klein Dassenberg nurseries, meaning that visitors have                                                                                                                                               feelings-shared, out there!                    Landscaping with Leucadendrons - pg2        

                                                                                                                                                                                         PHILIPPI TREE NURSERY DISPOSAL SALE
                                                                                                                                                                                          Duly authorised thereto by MASTER ORGANICS, who have diversified their business interests, BKB
                                                                                                                                                                                        offers ± 20 000 TREES (packaged 4 - 200kg) on public auction, view detailed list on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       WED 24 FEBRUARY 2010 AT 10h00
                                                                                                                                                                                          VENUE: TREE & LAWN GRASS FARM, BOUNDARY ROAD, PHILIPPI AGRICULTURAL AREA
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ODDS & ENDS also on auction:                                    Owner: George van Zyl, Philippi 082 772 4109
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reverse Osmosis plant with extra iron filter.                             Sales rep: Odette Lourens, Cape Town 082 4564566
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Quality planter bags, seed trays, poles ± 3m,                              Auctioneer, Appie Maritz, Paarl 082 825 3895
                                                                                                                                                                                               shade cloth, irrigation fittings and much more!!                             Auction co ordinator, Etienne Buchner, Paarl 082 825 3893
                                                                                                                                                                                         DIRECTIONS: Take the R300 south from the N1 until you reach a T-junction. Turn right onto the Vanguard highway and continue for
                                                                                                                                                                                        ± 3 km. Turn left onto the Weltevreden road at the 1st 3-way stop turn right into Varkensvlei Way. Continue to the 4-way stop, turn left
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 into Olieboom Way after ± 800m turn right into Boundary Way. Follow BKB pointers.
                                                                                                                                                                                         AUTIONEER’S NOTE: Bank-guaranteed cheques on day of auction. Right of addition and/or omission reserved. Viewing the day before the
                                                                                                                                                                                                              auction. Everything must be sold! Within an hour after auction, all items MUST be paid for.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Bring own labour to load items or transport can be arranged through Master Organics for a fee. Refreshments available.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Auctioneer: BKB, P.O.Box 3, Paarl, 7620, 45 Lady Grey Street, Standard Bank Building, 3rd floor, Paarl, 7646
                                                                                                                                                                                           Tel: 021 807 8900 Fax: 021 872 0691, Reg no 98/12435/06
      The view expressed are not necessarily those of the CGF. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the contents. The CGF cannot be held responsible for any errors.
                                                these are noxious weeds!’ He did mention,                                                                                                 As you can imagine, Richard is a   ever, with the new stadiums design, this may need to be done, but
     ST OMER FARM                               however, that there was a huge shortage                                                                THE CAPE TOWN                      very busy man, so we sent him      we do not think so.
     A FAMILY BUSINESS                          of seedlings in nurseries.                                                                             STADIUM TURF                       some questions to which he re-     What kind of demands are made by fifa for a field of this nature?
                                                    Bill went to a sale and bought a tunnel.                                                                                              plied. Here are the answers...      The pitch is to comply with FIFA standards, but they have never
                                                Judi got a Straathofs seed catalogue and
  36 years ago Bill and Judi Thomson left                                                                                                                                                 How did you get involved in this   dealt with stadia in the southern hemisphere, so a lot has been left
Zambia with daughter Jo and son An-             they ordered and sowed many different                                                                    RICHARD                          prestigious project?               to the local consultants.
gus. Bill who has an agricultural diploma       varieties of petunias. After much trial and                                                             MATHIESON’S I was in the right place at the
from The North of Scotland College of           error punnets of beautiful petunias were                                                                                                                                     What are some of the most challenging aspects you faced while work-
                                                                                                                                                         TAKE ON THIS                     right time. I wanted to work       ing on this project?
Agriculture, Craibstone, was at the time        ready for sale and gradually the customer                                                                                                 with landscape architects on
was working for Zambezi Cattle Ranch-           base grew. The business, which became                                                                    EXPERIENCE                                                           The size of the project team and initially getting people to under-
                                                                                                                                                                                          the site works and consult on      stand the dynamics of pitch construction. But after that, the en-
ing Corporation. Judi was trained as a          hugely successful, was named Munda
                                                                                                                                                                                          the horticultural component        tire construction team was super involved and committed, right
teacher at the Bulawayo Teacher’s College       Wanga, after a snake park situated out-
                                                                                                                                                     of the project. I had been on my own doing this for about a             through to the security guards.
in Zimbabwe. Both had spent their school        side Lusaka in Zambia.
                                                   The family business grew and the chil-                                                            year, when I approached Johan about the stadium. They were
years at boarding school, so not want-                                                               Bill has planted 2 olive groves from cut-                                                                               What is involved in monitoring the growth of the field - making sure
                                                dren from both families joined, but in                                                               looking for someone to assist on the Eco park as well as the
ing the same for their children jumped                                                            tings, the first olives were reaped last year.                                                                             its all ready for 2010?
at the opportunity to hire Bills’ mother        1999 they sold their share in Munda Wan-                                                             Precinct. He was, however, not aware of my experience with
                                                                                                  He also helps with the maintenance of                                                                                       The LOC will send the international consultants who do pitch test-
farm, Braehead, in Stellenbosch. She had        ga - a stressful time for all.                                                                       Newlands, so once that came to light, my role was expanded
                                                                                                  the trucks and participates in neighbour-                                                                                  ing, we are having sports men test the pitch, this is apart from the
run the export fruit farm on her own and           In 2000 the family purchased St Omer                                                              to include the pitch.
                                                                                                  hood meetings. Judi has the worst job of                                                                                   ongoing technical health of the pitch, which includes input from
wanted to retire. Leaving Mazabuka was a        Farm in the Dal Josafat valley. There was         all – finance and all that it entails!             Outline the project - size of field, etc?                               Dr Cooper (Elsenberg) as well as our pitch consultant Johan Jansen
big wrench for the family and very quickly      only one house which Angus decided                   Now there is an office in the nursery,          ANS Pitch is 11749m² which was installed by Groenvlei Grass.            van Vuuren.
the difference between living in a close        looked like a ‘spook’ house, however, Judi        rooms for germination, seed sowing and             The contract called for an off site pitch of 25000m², half would
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Any interesting facts about the...
knit caring community became evident            fell in love with it, so they moved in and        a huge multi-span. A core of loyal, hard-          have been used on the stadium pitch and the balance for as a
                                                Angus built his own home with a view to                                                                                                                                       •	 Micro climate - we are close to the sea, which is different to
when a small fire started on Braehead. The                                                        working staff assist the family every day.         back-up.
neighbours threatened to sue if it spread       kill for!                                                                                                                                                                          Newlands and obviously being in a winter rainfall area, very
                                                                                                     Periods of relaxation are very important         •	 Approximately 4000m³ of graded sand was required. This                    different to any of the other stadia.
to their farm. In Mazabuka all the farmers         St Omer had no nursery related infra-          in such a stressful business. Angus plays                took a great deal of time and effort to get right. The sand
in the area would have had their tractors       structure, so tunnels, shade nets and ir-         golf, he’s a 3 handicap! Angus, Charlene                                                                                    •	 Soil temp - the contractor is monitoring soil and air tempera-
                                                                                                                                                           had to comply within a range of characteristics including
and water tanks out ready to help!              rigation had to be put in place. Bill made        and their children love camping and enjoy                                                                                        tures every day - this stadium ventilates very well.
                                                                                                                                                           porosity ranges and infiltration rates.
  Export fruit farming is not for ninnies!      many tunnels to his own design while              precious weekends close to the sea. Bill                                                                                    •	 Shadow lines - are better than Newlands, generally running
Packing fruit often went on until late at       others were purchased. Their first office         loves sailing and tries to sail once a week         •	 Fertilizer was to be kept simple but closely monitored as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   parallel, rather than diagonally, but there are still several mi-
night with Jo and Angus sleeping in the         ran out of a room in their house, seed            on Theewaterskloof dam, with friends,                    there is no buffer system.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   cro climates on the pitch.
station wagon. The hard work paid off as        sowing and germination took place in a            while Bill and Judi love to go barging on           •	 Drainage system included the correct grading of the sand
                                                garage.                                                                                                                                                                       •	 Dry spots - non existed and had better not be there after the
Bill and Judi could buy a property in Paarl                                                       the French canals.                                       that needed to bridge the gravel. If the sand did not bridge
in partnership with Judi’s brother also            They decided to grow mainly herbs,                                                                                                                                              amount of time and cost it took Controlled Irrigation to rede-
                                                                                                     The family work together well as a team,              the gravel, then a choker layer would have been included.
ex-Zambia. More years of fruit farming          flowering annuals and perennials in pots                                                                                                                                           sign the irrigation system.
                                                                                                  obviously there are disagreement, but ap-           •	 The drainage pipes were laid in a herring bone pattern
followed, this time peaches and grapes          and were pleased with the support given           parently these are surprisingly few! Bill is                                                                                •	 Wind effect - minimal thus far
                                                                                                                                                           and we used a flat drain.
until a fledgling company Britannica, ap-       to them by many of the retailers.                 volatile, Angus the opposite, Charlene                                                                                     What irrigation technology is used to water the field, how often, how
proached the family. This first foray into         When Jo decided to spend more time                                                                 •	 The pitch was stabilized with Netlon, which was installed
                                                                                                  persistent and Judi the peacemaker. An-                                                                                    much water, where does the water come from?
the nursery business was a disaster. The        with her husband and with 3 children, her         gus the grower, he is aided in marketing                 under manufacturers supervision.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The system has a cellular interface and we are using municipal wa-
contract was to grow certain varieties of       input was sorely missed. Angus married            and production by Charlene. Bill and Judi           •	 Grass was originally Kikuyu with a Rye seed. This was               ter for the pitch. The water usage is determined on a daily basis by
trees from seed, which would be mar-            Charlene, who quickly became an integral          give support, advice and help.                           changed to a seed mix including three Rye and three Ken-          the grounds man - Gustave Carstensen in photo
keted through Britannica. The company           part of the business and together they be-           The love of plants shown by this family               tuckey Blue varieties.
folded so they went to Stodels to try and       gan branding St Omer Herbs. Their family                                                                                                                                     Types of fertilizers?
                                                                                                  is evident to all who drive onto the farm.          •	 Irrigation is an in-field pop-up system which was rede-             We are keeping the fertiliser regime as simple as possible, the use
sell the tree seedlings. Cyril, a buyer at      now includes, Matthew 7, Lizzy 5 and Ra-          No doubt the Thomson family will be                      signed to provide flexibility for the grounds-man. The re-
the time, came to the car and on seeing         chael 9 months. Matthew and Lizzy love                                                                                                                                       of slow release is minimal at this stage, our key focus is to provide
                                                                                                  growing plants for many generations of                   design took into account the stadium shade study.
the trees shouted, “quickly close the boot      helping in the nursery.                                                                                                                                                                                  sufficient nutrients to the grass, as well as
                                                                                                  gardeners to come.
                                                                                                                                                     Any idea of what it cost to supply and in-                                                          keeping pathogens at bay, so there is a
LANDSCAPING L e u c a d e n - ette as the texture of their foliage is vastly pear striking. They can be planted as single                            stall the field?                                                                                    rigid spray program in place.
    WITH   drons are one different to many of the other plants that specimen plants but are probably better                                          Approximate cost - R15 mil                                                                          How does our field compare to those in the
LEUCADENDRONS               of the variety      we would normally use amongst them.               appreciated when planted in clusters of            What makes this field so different to our                                                           rest of the world?
                            of plants that I    This textured foliage varies in colour sig-       three or more where they create a mass             rugby fields? Why the change from Kikkuyu                                                            This will be the best.
      Steve Longman         consider a “must    nificantly, even on each stem of the plant.       impact. ‘Chameleon’, ‘Duet’, ‘Long Tom’,           to the seeded pitch.
Longmans Landscaping have” when de-                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What would you consider to be the most
                                                  Depending on the variety of Leucaden-           ‘Galpinii’, ‘Pisa’ and ‘Blush’ are other variet-   This pitch is no longer unique as was                                                               rewarding part of this project?
                            signing an indig-   dron they are relatively compact, the lower       ies that we have used successfully in some         Newlands (which was the first sand                                                                  Working with committed people. Even
enous garden. Our clients who are often         growing varieties which only reach a metre        of our gardens.                                    based field in SA). But clearly the cost to                                                         if there are arguments, you know its not
searching for a waterwise and low main-         are ideal in smaller gardens. These include         So if you are looking for some inspira-          install such a field makes it different. The                                                        about the quality, because that’s a given.
tenance garden, seem to instantly think         ‘Candles’, ‘Red Devil’ and ‘Yellow Devil’, they   tion and require an extremely versatile yet        special qualities of such a field is that it                                                        The arguments were always about what
of Proteas. By introducing Leucadendrons        are equally successful in pots and contain-       hardy indigenous plant, then include some          drains well, but the down side is that it
into their gardens we can achieve the Pro-      ers on a hot, sunny patio.                        Leucadendrons in your garden. They will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         was best. It was also great to work with a
                                                                                                                                                     has no buffer system as a soil based field                                                          project management team that was pre-
tea look, (Leucadendrons are of course part       The bright yellow bracts of taller variet-      develop a deep root system if watered well         would, so the maintenance costs a high-
of the Proteaceae family), but without the      ies such as ‘Inca Gold’, or the maroon to         initially and can be considered established                                                                                                            pared to take the necessary risks to get
                                                                                                                                                     er, but the performance is superior.                                                                quality.
higher mortality rate that can be associ-       bright red colours that can be seen on the        after their first full winter. We normally
ated with some of the more finicky Proteas.     ‘Safari Sunset’ plants, contrast beautifully.     mulch around the base of the plant to fur-         The decision to change from Kikuyu to all                                                           Anything else?
   The ability of the various Leucadendrons     Their colours can be further enhanced and         ther retain as much moisture in the soil           seed was finally made by the local team,                                                            Almost 10 years after Newlands, the de-
to add some much needed colour to the           appreciated when planted on the western           around their root base. Fertilizer is not ap-      only after a long story                                                                             velopment in available information in
garden throughout the autumn and win-           side of your garden. With the setting sun         plied to the plants when carrying out our          Will it require seasonal overseeding ?                                                              sand based pitch construction is signifi-
ter months, makes them a constant favou-        behind these structural plants in the late        seasonal maintenance visits, as they seem          Re-seeding is generally not done, but                                                               cant.
rite. They add contrast to the planting pal-    afternoon and early evening, they can ap-         to prefer to thrive on neglect.                    they may do some inter seeding. How-                                                                Thanks Richard

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