KRUISSPRUIT

DR MERIDA ROETS

Tel: 083 630 7787

Merida’s garden takes advantage of the sweeping views of Mount Currie and the Mzintlava River. Merida has used the Japanese gardening philosophy principle of borrowed scenery (Shakkei) through much of her garden (looking through things to see something in the distance or reflected). This eclectic garden has a myriad of fascinating rooms and surprises and reflects Merida’s appreciation of the unusual, of art and her interest in the diversity of human cultures (ancient and modern). Pathways through shady forests are dotted with sculptures gathered from exotic locations and seating in tranquil nooks. It showcases both structured and natural water features and the rocky outcrop, on which the house is located, lends itself to more natural plantings of an indigenous flavour. You are invited to enjoy a covered vegetable garden, the Oriental garden, Leandra’s Wood and the AgriSPACE development also on the property.

The “green” AgriSPACE campus this year showcases the new disused shipping container development housing the AgriBioTech Entrepreneurial Incubator. Enjoy the Phola Garden of Relaxation, an educational indigenous, medicinal garden with its adjoining greenhouses. Here you will learn more about medicinal and veterinary plant use, value adding to various interesting plant species and see what our AgriBioTech Entrepreneurs have been developing this past year! AgriBioTech products, indigenous and other useful plants, seeds and crafts (with an agricultural theme) produced here will be on sale.

On Friday night an alfresco dinner, by Nicole von Waltsleben, well known locally for her pop-up restaurants, will be served on the AgriSPACE porch and will host Ben Hoffman, raptor and tracking specialist of Raptor Rescue in Pietermaritzburg, giving a talk on “Raptors in Research” from 18:00. Tickets for the two-course dinner will cost R 150.

On Saturday from 11:00, Dr Carin Van Ginkel of CRIPSIS Environment, a wetland botanical specialist, will take us on a journey through the fascinating world of wetlands and wetland plants. This will be followed by a lunch served by the Methodist ladies at 12:30, during which time Carin will have several of her books on sale. At 14:00 everyone wearing wellies, sunhats, sunscreen and mosquito repellent are invited to join us in the Penny Park Wetland to identify some of the plants from Carin’s talk.

Food by the Methodist ladies will be available in Merida’s garden all weekend.

Directions: From Kokstad take the road towards Swartberg/Underberg, after 10km take the Karg’s Post turn-off to the right. Cross the railway line (keeping right). After approximately 2km turn right before the Polo Grounds (look out for the AgriSPACE signboard) and travel to the very end of the road (which changes into Merida’s tree-lined driveway).

CO-ORDINATES:  30º 31,309′ S     29º 29,108′ E