The "Encounter East Griqualand"
A Country and Garden Festival
26, 27 and 28 October 2012
This year the Encounter East Griqualand Country and Garden Festival explodes with things to do and see: 12+ beautiful gardens, talks by Tanya Visser of the Gardener magazine, the Griqua Festival and Parade, Birding and Wild-flower walks and talks, a tour to TLC (a local NGO with a permaculture garden) and Township gardens, a Street Market, an informative guided tour of a modern dairy (one of the largest in the district), a talk on wool and a sheep-shearing competition (see our South African World Champion in action!), talks and tours at a Vermiculture operation and an historical talk and book launch at the Presbyterian church (which turns 100 this year!). For the more energetic, there’s a fun garden-to-garden cycle tour (a mere 60km fun-ride) which starts at the Nolangeni Hotel on Saturday morning.
Art will be on display and for sale at the Owl House (Dr Rivett’s garden), Kruisspruit (Dr Roet’s garden), Dog-on-a-Leash and The Barn (at Willowdale). Entries of the local art and photography competitions will be on display at Kokstad Junior.
There will be musical events and something to eat in almost every garden. Then there’s beautiful Miglio Jewelry and Giant Pumpkin seedlings to be bought in Ingie Bryden’s garden, Mosaic classes in Merida Roet’s garden, Scarecrows to be seen in Debbie Miller’s garden, and floral arrangements by the Flower Room at the Owl House (Malcolm Rivett’s garden).
Child-care will be provided by St Patrick’s College Pre-School as well as Holy Cross in Hope Street.
The Central Information Office for the Festival will be at Scientific Roets at 96 Hope Street. Entrance tickets for the weekend cost R 50 and a full informative brochure with maps and GPS co-ordinates costs R 25. The Tanya Visser talks, Mosaic Classes, Child-Care and the Fly-Fishing require pre-booking and an extra charge.
If you have any questions or queries regarding the Encounter EG Festival contact the organising committee through Pat Kotting at 082 851 1555 or Pat Dickerson at 082 784 4055