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Random Harvest Newsletter - December 2013 Interim

Posted On: Sunday, December 15, 2013

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Dear Indigenous Enthusiast,

I am so excited about how well my Christmas tree for the birds has worked out. 

The Masked Weavers and Red Bishops are so busy in the tree and they look like extra colourful decorations in it. 

Just to add to my pleasure the Peltophorum Africanum (African Wattle) which I chose for a Christmas tree is starting to bloom.  It is going to look so gorgeous with its spikes of golden flowers.

I had to change the Nuxia Floribunda for the Peltophorum as the branches of the Nuxia were too soft to hold the decorations and the birds.


The beaded decorations I designed and had especially made to use as bird feeders are a hit with both the birds and my customers. 

As you can see from the pictures there are so many Red bishops that all the food I have in the tree is not enough - they have to steal from everywhere else.

They are even stealing from the seed bells I am making for the

Children's Christmas Gift.

There will be a little gift of a seed bell that can be hung in a tree to feed the birds for Christmas as well as a few sweets for the children. 

So bring the children along to enjoy the nursery, the garden walk and to collect their Christmas gift.

I thought I would remind you about the children's activity we have on for the holidays.

Children's Interactive Garden Walk

There is so much to share with children in the garden and nursery, and this is all about having great fun doing so.

Gift is a natural with the children, and he will take them on a walk which will include looking for insects in the beastie boxes, making mud cakes, looking for life in the compost heap and much more.

Each child will receive their Random Harvest Garden Safari Booklet in which to record their sightings, leaf rubbings etc.

Children of any age are welcome, although if they are younger than 4 we ask that a parent, older sibling or caregiver accompany them.

Date: From 12th December until the 12th January every day except Mondays - Time: 10h30 Cost: Free
(Best suited to 5yrs and up - parents welcome to tag along)

Gift for you

When you visit us from the 12th December you will be able to choose a herb as a little gift from us to you to say thank you so much for your ongoing support which is truly appreciated by all of us here at Random Harvest Nursery.

Public Holidays

We will be open on the 16th December the day of reconciliation

We will only be closed on Christmas day 25th December, Day of Goodwill 16th December and New Year's Day 1st January, 2014.

Opening times

I would like to remind you that we are now open 7 days a week from 8h00 to 17h00 and are no longer at the botanical garden.

If you are going away have a wonderful holiday and drive safely.

I hope you have a really




Cell 079-872-8975
email [email protected]

For directions please go to our website www.rhn.co.za : or call 082-553-0598

Hours of business 8:00 to 17:00 Monday to Sundays

Cottages 072-562-3396 :  Nursery 082-553-0598


Directions from the N1

  • From the N1 take the Beyers Naude off ramp and travel north along Beyers Naude Drive.
  • From the Christian De Wet Road crossing (Northgate is towards your right) continue along Beyers Naude Drive for 8.2km.
  • If you are traveling along Christiaan De Wet Road, turn left or from Northumberland Ave. turn right into Beyers Naude Drive.
  • Using Garden World Nursery, which is on your right, as a landmark measure 1.8km to our turn-off.
  • Opposite Oakfield farm (which is well sign-posted) at Valdor Centre turn right into College Road.
  • Continue for 2.2.km keeping right and following the small directional signs to Random Harvest Nursery.
  • You will find us on the left.

Directions from the N14

  • From the N14 (Krugersdorp - Pretoria Highway) take the Randburg/Zwartkop offramp (NB Do not take the Randburg/Lanseria offramp if you are coming from Pretoria).
  • Turn left towards Johannesburg along the extension of Beyers Naude Drive.
  • Pass the turn-off to Diepsloot - Nooitgedacht
  • Take the next tar road to your left at Valdor Centre into College Road 
  • Follow the directional signs (See above).

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