Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Garden Club AGM

Dear Members

You are cordially invited to attend the Hogsback Garden Club AGM for 2018. The agenda for the 2018 AGM and minutes of last year’s AGM are attached below. 

We have had a brilliantly productive 2017 which will be reported on at this meeting. The forthcoming attractions for 2018 will be ‘unveiled’ at this meeting – so, don’t miss out!

Snacks & Cash Bar will be available.

Date:  Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Time:  5:00 pm
Venue:  The Edge

Please make every effort to attend this meeting. 

Kind Regards
Garden Club Committee 


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Garden Club outing to the Shire Eco Lodge and nursery

As always, our Garden Club outings are always well attended and enjoyed. Visiting Rob's wonderful nursery and listening to him talking about his passion for plants, was truly inspiring. He has indeed collected an amazing array of bulbs, some of which is rare and took years to flower.

Maggie Verster did a summary about her experience on her blog which can be accessed from here:

Her gallery of photos from the outing is here:

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Garden club Monet garden evening -17 May 2018

Hogsback Garden Club Members (Non members R100) are all invited to a light meal and talk about  the magical world of Famous artist and gardener, Oscar - Claude Monet on the evening of the 17th May at 6 pm. He was responsible for the most amazingly beautiful paintings of gardens and ponds. Various ponds with bridges and always water lilies were one of his favourites. His works are a true feast for the eyes. Even more so for gardeners. 

The following quote of his says it all:

"I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration."

Famous works many will know. Poppies 1873, Women in the garden 1866, The Japanese footbridge 1922 and  The Water Lilly Pond 1900.

Please bring your own drinks. There will be sherry for all and confirm your attendance by the 14th May. 

If you are not yet a garden club member, you are missing out!! To join the club, please contact Monika Hof (  ) or Jenny Newman (

Visit to the Shire Eco Lodge

The Hogback Garden Club is organising a day-trip outing to Rob Scott's indigenous Bulb Nursery in Stutterheim. The property is called the Shire Eco Lodge and Rob will be giving us a talk on indigenous bulbs and we will be able to see some of them in full bloom in his nursery. We can walk on his property and visit some of the uniquely designed cabins and go for a hike through ancient Lemonwood forests to Anderson Dam. This walk is very beautiful passing numerous waterfalls and is a paradise for bird watchers. Afterwards we booked with Vinkel & Kolander for a light lunch. Date : April 11th. We will leave at 8:00 am from the Vic and hopefully be able to share cars which we can organize later.

Please RSVP by Friday April 6th (Lynda Delport

If you are a non Garden club member, you are welcome to join in at R100 Contact Monika Hof (

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Spring Festival 2018

Our Spring Festival Celebration will take place from October 12th -October 14th this year, one week before the Bedford Festival.

You may have noticed that as Heritage Weekend is a long weekend, no accommodation can be found for Spring Festival visitors unless booked long in advance. Having the festival closer to the Bedford Festival also
allows Tour Operators to combine their tours especially if they travelfrom Gauteng, Free State or the Western Cape.

Our Garden Tours will start on the Heritage weekend September 21st, andend on October 14th.

The HGC has started to plan all their special activities already and as soon as we have our program ready, we will publish it on the various websites and of course on the HBT.

Prepare yourself for lots of fun and entertainment

Happy Gardening

Monika Hof
Hogsback Garden Club