Our Notes: The Aloe festival is an annual event. This year Garth will have a stand with some of our common local slithery friends- some venomous and some harmless and will be available to answer questions from the public and hopefully allay fears as well as save the lives of the snakes who may have the misfortune of colliding with humanity!
This year we look forward to celebrating a fantastic Aloe Festival for the Lower Mpushini Valley Conservancy on Saturday and Sunday the 2nd and 3rd of July. The festival will be held over 4 venues and cost of entry will be R30 for entry into all venues, including lectures, walks, talks and access to all craft markets, live music etc.
Our Aloes are all turning bright orange and tis the season for us to bloom. We have a lot going on for 2011, with all sorts of walks, talks, food, music, crafts, art displays, indigenous plant sales and lots more. We will also be expecting a bumper turnout of both vendors selling all sorts of interesting and nature related crafts and arts and also a lot more visitors to the Festival. We have bumped up the advertising and exposure for The Aloe Festival and have a lot more going on this year, so this should pan out to be a fun filled weekend for everybody.
Venue 1: Toprock Farm
- Toprock Fossil, Crystal and MineralMuseum. A stunning display of Fossils, from Dinosaur bones, Australopithecus skull, Elephant Bird Egg, Cavebear skull & Paws, a 54 Million year old Crocodile, along with around 2700 beautiful mineral specimens, crystals, gemstones and all sorts of "Natures Permanent Flowers" on show and the widest variety of stones in South Africa for sale.
- At the Toprock farm, we will also have a snake show by GARTH CARPENTER, several Artists showing off their work, vendors selling all sorts of crafts, bird boxes, tomato throwing, unique high quality African furniture, worm farms, Aloe Art, Crystal sales.
- Lunches will be served at Toprock Farm, vegetarians will also be catered for.
- Teas and fresh home made cakes will be served at The Three Aloes Bush Tea Garden (included in R30 entrance fee)
- A friendly bush bar will be running for the duration of Aloe festival by our friend Buffalo Bill (we will open early evening as well)
- Live Music by well known Artists PAN LATINO and PAUL DE FLEURIOT
- Also a Nature Trail through Galago farm and Toprock farm for Aloe Viewing
Venue 2: Impala Bend
- Val-Lea Vista Indigenous Plant Sale
- Arts & Crafts
- Relaxing Valley Viewpoint
Venue 3: Rocky Wonder Aloe Nursery
- Over 200 species of Aloe to view, with expert owners Winston and Angela Carr
- Aloe sales
- Specialist Talks
The Lower Mpushini Valley Conservancy is very pleased to host the BotSoc / DemoGarden quarterly talk at this years Aloe Festival at Rocky Wonder Aloe Nursery on:
Sat 2nd JULY: 10am ‘GROWING BULBS’ – presented by: CALVIN BECKER
Calvin Becker is a young, and very keen, bulb enthusiast, with a general interest in horticulture. Calvin is currently studying towards an Honours degree in Plant Pathology.
Sun 3rd JULY: 10am ‘GARDENING WITH SUCCULENTS’ – presented by: ALISON YOUNG
Alison Young is a highly knowledgeable and dedicated horticulturist and conservationist. She is Horticulturist at UKZNBotanical Garden, KZN Botanical Conservancy Secretary and serves on the local Botanical Society committee.
Venue 4: Spencer’s Place
- Nature trail, Birding walks
Venues open 9 am – 4 pm
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The Lower Mpushini Valley Conservancy is situated in Ashburton East, approximately 10km South of Pietermaritzburg.
From N3 take the Ashburton offramp. Regardless of whether you came from Durban or Pietermaritzburg, at offramp, turn right towards Ashburton East (Traveling on Pope Ellis Drive / P478) Continue until tar road becomes dirt (approx 4km). You have now entered the Aloe Festival area… and from here can follow signs.
Darlene: 082 933 5036
Nick: 082 569 5338
Nicole: 083 677 7711