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
Join us from 20 – 28 September 2014 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
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
The Forestry Competition is a great event which traditionally forms part of the Spring Festival. Here you will be able to see local forestry teams chop, saw, heave and spin their way to glory!