Spring Festival 2016
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Spring Festival 2016

Join us from Saturday 24 September – 02 October 2016 to celebrate the joys of Spring! The Japanese flowering cherries are just coming into bloom and the crab apple trees are covered in delicate pink and white blossoms while the azaleas provide a backdrop of glorious pink, red, purple, white, mauve and yellow. Once again, the Spring Festival will be welcoming visitors from all over the country with a wide selection of craft stalls, food stalls, music events and family fun. Read More

Festival Programme 2016
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Festival Programme 2016

Posted by: on Sep 6, 2016 | No Comments

This year we have a Spring Festival packed with great activities for the whole family and lots of great opportunities to experience everything Spring has to offer! Here is an outline of the events planned for each day as well as some ideas of where to shop.

Grand Opening of the Mountain Cafe at Blueberry Heights Farm
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Grand Opening of the Mountain Cafe at Blueberry Heights Farm

Posted by: on Sep 5, 2016 | No Comments

The Spring Festival sees the opening of the Mountain Café – a new addition to Haenertsburg’s burgeoning food scene. This family run restaurant will focus on seasonal ingredients to produce farm fresh cuisine with a modern twist. Only a few minutes from Haenertsburg, Blueberry Heights Organic Farm, long known for its berry picking, will be home to this elegant farm café.

Spring Flower Walks in Haenertsburg Grassland
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Spring Flower Walks in Haenertsburg Grassland

Posted by: on Sep 1, 2016 | No Comments

Have a wonderful hour-long grassland experience! Come and walk with the local botanical expert Sylvie Kremer-Kohne and explore the Haenertsburg Grasslands, home to an amazing 630 species of indigenous plants. With the approach of spring, many of these plants will grace the grasslands with their colourful flowers.

Classical Music this Spring!
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Classical Music this Spring!

Posted by: on Sep 1, 2016 | No Comments

We are very pleased to welcome Richard Cock back to Haenertsburg for the Spring Festival. He is a world-renowned conductor who manages to delight and entertain crowds with his lively mix of classical and contemporary music. There will be two concerts during the Festival on Wednesday 21 September at Haenertsburg Christian Church and Sunday 25 September at Barnyard Theatre, Stanford Lake College as well as a special Children’s Concert on Monday 26 September at Thusanang.

Cheese Tours and More at Wegraakbosch
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Cheese Tours and More at Wegraakbosch

Posted by: on Sep 1, 2016 | No Comments

Visit Wegraakbosch Organic Farm during the Spring Festival for cheese tours and more!

Cheese tours daily at 10am while cheese making in progress. Farm tours can be given at any time, booking essential. Platters served in a farm atmosphere. Our farm is open and we are also selling at the Magoebaskloof Hotel Market and at the Roadstall below Lekwar on the R71 below Haenertsburg

Spring at Kuhestan Gardens
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Spring at Kuhestan Gardens

Posted by: on Aug 28, 2016 | No Comments

Set within 4,2 hectares (10 acres) of cultivated fruit and vegetables, the large garden at Kuhestan is at the heart of the farm. It was inspired by the concept of the unity of humankind, beautifully captured in this quotation: “Ye are all fruits of one tree, the leaves of one branch, the flowers of one garden.”

Spring Festival 2016
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Spring Festival 2016

Posted by: on Jun 16, 2015 | One Comment

Join us from Saturday 24 September – 02 October 2016 to celebrate the joys of Spring! The Japanese flowering cherries are just coming into bloom and the crab apple trees are covered in delicate pink and white blossoms while the azaleas provide a backdrop of glorious pink, red, purple, white, mauve and yellow. Once again, the Spring Festival will be welcoming visitors from all over the country with a wide selection of craft stalls, food stalls, music events and family fun. Read More

The Gardens that Box Grew
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The Gardens that Box Grew

Posted by: on Apr 30, 2014 | No Comments

Without Sheila (Box) Thompson’s love of plants and interest in cultivating interesting species, we would probably not be celebrating spring in Magoebaskloof.

We all love and enjoy the beauty of Cheerio Gardens in spring – breathtaking azaleas in a myriad colours, Japanese flowering cherry trees covered in clouds of blossom, streams and dams, gentle walks.

Daughter of local pioneers, Box early developed an interest in rare and indigenous plants. During WWII she was posted to the SA Signal Corps and continued to collect indigenous plants wherever she was based and bring them back to plant on the family farm

History of the Festival
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History of the Festival

Posted by: on Aug 27, 2013 | No Comments

A spring garden filled with flowering cherries and azaleas was created by Box (Sheila) Thompson. The formidable, chairlady of the then Garden Club, Jackie Jackson, with the help of her garden club members opened the garden to the public; they served tea and some local handcraft was available for sale. The proceeds were then put to good use and garden cottages for senior citizens were built in Haenertsburg. These small beginnings inspired other locals and the Spring Fair was then opened in 1985. Read More