Here is some feedback on the first batches of seeds sent out to youngsters all over the world!
I teach Grade 6 at Holy Childhood School here in Eshowe, KZN.
Last year a local farmer gave us some Clivia gardenii ‘bulbs’, which we planted. This year a local Clivia enthusiast, Mrs Colenbrander, gave us some Clivia miniata (orange), which we have planted.
I am so proud of my class – they remind me to let them go and water them every day. The children won’t see the flowers during their years at school – nonetheless, they are so interested, enthusiastic and keen!
I bought the ‘Gardener’ magazine for the Clivia article. The children in my class have read it with great interest. I set their English comprehension exam on Clivia, and we have devoted a page of our school magazine to Clivia. After all, soem Clivia are indigenous to Eshowe, we understand!
If you have any seeds to spare, we would plant them and tend to them with great care.
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Thanks, thanks, thanks!
I get so exicted about the whole thing…
I will send you a pic with pleasure. As I said, my class is really taken with the Clivia. I have had the mag in my classroom for a while now, and they have been reading it. It will really bring it alive to them, to hear that you have replied!
Shall I send the pic via e-mail?
Would you like a copy of the Clivia page that we did for the school mag?
Thanks for your reply, it’s so exciting for me.
The seeds have arrived, thanks! I have contacted Ann Colenbrander, who knows a lot about Clivia, and she is going to help me with them in the holidays.
Lots and lots and LOTS of love
from Anne Horsfield, Grade 6, the Principal, teachers and children of Holy Childhood School, Eshowe”
This blog has been started to update all our friends and clivia lovers all over the world on the progress of Jason`s Memory Garden. This garden was started by me as a project to involve the younger generation in the wonderful world of clivias and at the same time, honour the memory of my oldest son, Jason, 20 who was tragically taken from us on 05/03/2009.
Jason was hit by a drunk taxidriver at a pedestrian crossing , while cycling back from class at NNMU. He died of complications a week later. Jason was a gentle, creative soul who was loved by everybody. This is my way of keeping his memory alive in gardens all over the world!
Seeds from the clivias in his Memory Garden will be donated yearly to all interested scholars and students all over the world.
This blog is a way of communicating with all recipients of his seed packets and to keep us updated on the progress of their plants, to help with any problems concerning the growing of their seeds , and just to be able to interact with other young clivia lovers from other parts of the world.
Seeds have been sent out to scholars and students in South Africa, America and Australia.
Seeds will be sent out yearly during August/September.
Contact us for any other info or if you would like to added to the list. Plants have been donated by a selection of clivia growers and all seeds will be marked when packed.
I hope this project will grow from strength to strength and I would like to thank all my family and clivia friends who have supported me on this project.
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