Monday, September 10, 2018

A show not to be missed!!! Charl du Plessis- SOLO

This is a first ever for Hogsback and an event not to be missed! It will be help at the lovely Nutwoods Parks on Sunday 14th of  October 2018 at 15:00. 

Bookings are essential as space is limited The cost is R250 and include wine and snacks. Bookings can be done by phoning Naomi du Plessis (cell 0824447145) 

Charl du Plessis: SOLO is the personification of versatility at the piano. Classical, jazz and even free improvisation make up the programme for this very special piano recital at the Spring Festival in Hogsback on Sunday 14 October. Connoisseurs can hear South Africa’s foremost Steinway Artist perform Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”, works by Chopin, Ragtime, Blues and even have the chance to suggest motifs on which Charl will improvise - on the spot! Do not miss the chance to be a part of this ultimate piano experience! 

Monday, June 4, 2018

Clearing of Verges

The Hogsback Garden Club would like to do another clean - up before the Winter Celebration on June 6th., and 7th. We are planning to mainly cut and neaten the verges, and installing our new baboon proof rubbish bins so generously donated by some business owners and members of the Garden Club.. We will supply stone, sand and cement, and hopefully our concrete mixer will be operating again, otherwise we will have to mix by hand.

We would like to appeal to all Land Owners along the Main Road to please assist us by cutting their own verges which will make our job easier.

If you would like to contribute, please join us with brush cutters, with and without blades. If you are not able to do so, the chaps working along the road would really appreciate some cold drinks and any other refreshments you can muster.

Hope to see you there, lets celebrate the wonderful work our community is doing to uplift Hogsback. Congratulations to the Winter Celebration organizers. It looks as if they are preparing for a wonderful festivity. We will meet at corner Nutwoods Drive and Main Road at 8:30 on Wednesday
morning. Please let me know who will be sending willing hands.

Warm Regards

The Hogsback Garden Club Team
Monika Hof
082 836 7414

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Garden Club AGM

Dear Members

You are cordially invited to attend the Hogsback Garden Club AGM for 2018. The agenda for the 2018 AGM and minutes of last year’s AGM are attached below. 

We have had a brilliantly productive 2017 which will be reported on at this meeting. The forthcoming attractions for 2018 will be ‘unveiled’ at this meeting – so, don’t miss out!

Snacks & Cash Bar will be available.

Date:  Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Time:  5:00 pm
Venue:  The Edge

Please make every effort to attend this meeting. 

Kind Regards
Garden Club Committee 


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Garden Club outing to the Shire Eco Lodge and nursery

As always, our Garden Club outings are always well attended and enjoyed. Visiting Rob's wonderful nursery and listening to him talking about his passion for plants, was truly inspiring. He has indeed collected an amazing array of bulbs, some of which is rare and took years to flower.

Maggie Verster did a summary about her experience on her blog which can be accessed from here:

Her gallery of photos from the outing is here:

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Garden club Monet garden evening -17 May 2018

Hogsback Garden Club Members (Non members R100) are all invited to a light meal and talk about  the magical world of Famous artist and gardener, Oscar - Claude Monet on the evening of the 17th May at 6 pm. He was responsible for the most amazingly beautiful paintings of gardens and ponds. Various ponds with bridges and always water lilies were one of his favourites. His works are a true feast for the eyes. Even more so for gardeners. 

The following quote of his says it all:

"I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration."

Famous works many will know. Poppies 1873, Women in the garden 1866, The Japanese footbridge 1922 and  The Water Lilly Pond 1900.

Please bring your own drinks. There will be sherry for all and confirm your attendance by the 14th May. 

If you are not yet a garden club member, you are missing out!! To join the club, please contact Monika Hof (  ) or Jenny Newman (

Visit to the Shire Eco Lodge

The Hogback Garden Club is organising a day-trip outing to Rob Scott's indigenous Bulb Nursery in Stutterheim. The property is called the Shire Eco Lodge and Rob will be giving us a talk on indigenous bulbs and we will be able to see some of them in full bloom in his nursery. We can walk on his property and visit some of the uniquely designed cabins and go for a hike through ancient Lemonwood forests to Anderson Dam. This walk is very beautiful passing numerous waterfalls and is a paradise for bird watchers. Afterwards we booked with Vinkel & Kolander for a light lunch. Date : April 11th. We will leave at 8:00 am from the Vic and hopefully be able to share cars which we can organize later.

Please RSVP by Friday April 6th (Lynda Delport

If you are a non Garden club member, you are welcome to join in at R100 Contact Monika Hof (

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Spring Festival 2018

Our Spring Festival Celebration will take place from October 12th -October 14th this year, one week before the Bedford Festival.

You may have noticed that as Heritage Weekend is a long weekend, no accommodation can be found for Spring Festival visitors unless booked long in advance. Having the festival closer to the Bedford Festival also
allows Tour Operators to combine their tours especially if they travelfrom Gauteng, Free State or the Western Cape.

Our Garden Tours will start on the Heritage weekend September 21st, andend on October 14th.

The HGC has started to plan all their special activities already and as soon as we have our program ready, we will publish it on the various websites and of course on the HBT.

Prepare yourself for lots of fun and entertainment

Happy Gardening

Monika Hof
Hogsback Garden Club