As a young radiologist, Dr Chris Myburgh discovered his passion for plants, initially ferns, on a trip to Mpumalanga. In the misty vales around Sabie he saw a plant that intrigued him so much he was compelled to find out what it was. Stopping at a local nursery he not only had it identified, but he bought three young Cyathea dregei, the indigenous tree ferns he had spotted earlier on the trip. This was the spark that piqued his curiosity and a desire to learn more.
“I did a bunch of research,” says Chris, “and this ultimately led to me joining the Fern Society of South Africa, where I met the late Jimmy Punter, a legend in fern cultivation, who became a friend and later a business partner.”
A new business begins
“I used to buy baby ferns from Punter’s farm in Polokwane and grow them up,” Chris explains. These more mature plants he would then sell on the side of the road out of the back of a bakkie.
“When I met Carol, my wife to be, we found a property just off Lynnwood Road, Pretoria, that I just knew I could turn into a fern haven,” he reminisces. In 1993, Fernhaven Nursery opened to the public and also began selling wholesale to other nurseries and landscapers.
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3 Superfood Trees
Plant the following fruiting trees in your garden or even in large containers in a sunny courtyard and you will have very healthy and tasty produce at hand.
Indigenous Medicinal Herbs For Winter Ailments
How to use medicinal herbs Most herbalists caution that herbs are not a silver bullet. Herbs help to support and strengthen the body’s own systems and ability to heal itself, restore balance and ultimately health. Using fresh or dried leaves in a tea or tincture is usually the safest way to administer herbs.
Growing Winter Veggies Successfully
Winter feels like a Cinderella season in the veggie garden, but it really isn’t. Did you know that there are almost as many winter veggies as there are summer ones?
Fern And Bromeliad Fever
Specialising in indigenous and non-indigenous ferns and epiphytic ferns such as staghorns and imported bromeliads.
On Top Of The World In Paradise
This gem of an indigenous garden is worthy of a visit, if you love wildlife or gardens.
If you are a fan of vygies and similar plants, you can have swathes of these flat-growing succulents in flower every season if you plant different species, both indigenous and exotic, which are available as both annuals and perennials.
The Malaise Of FOPB!
Living remotely from others leads to a bigger reliance on remotes and their confusing buttons. It is terrifying if you suffer from FOPB…
Turn your garden bits into an upcycled basket just in time for the children to enjoy hunting for Easter eggs.
Fiery shades of red and orange make for a bold autumn display.
A Haze Of Purple
The evergreen ribbon bush, a compact shrub with dull-green leaves and abundant spikes of two-lipped deep purple flowers with darker purple spots, is a selection derived from Hypoestes aristata and was developed at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical garden. It carries the apt varietal name of ‘Purple Haze’ and is widely cultivated in gardens all over the country.
Tips and tricks for modern container gardening
Best of Both Gardens
Greg Loades’ book outlines how to fuse the elements of a traditional and new-age landscape for the perfect modern cottage garden.
Bonding Through Birds
Kindness spreads through this Kentucky nursing facility, but it starts with feathered friends at a window.
Junco family tree
Meet the many variations of this beloved snowbird and popular wintertime visitor.
What is your favorite owl and why?
Readers share special memories and the species they think is most interesting.
At the Edge of Lake Erie
Try these three activities at Point Pelee National Park.
How Birds Get Named
Meet the committee in charge of naming and organizing birds.
Prime Time For Planting
Find Out Why Fall Is Perfect For Late-Season Gardening.
A Mind Shaped By Gardening
Sue Stuart-Smith is a psychiatrist and gardener. Her new book The Well-Gardened Mind explores the power of gardening to change people’s lives.
Two doves: One native, one an intruder
We have two types of doves in north-central Washington: Mourning Dove and Eurasian Collared-Dove.