A well attended Celebrate Spring Morning with Hillcrest Conservancy was held on Sunday 3 November. After everyone had a welcoming cuppa with eats, Lindsay Gray kicked off with a Talk on “Trying to imitate a grassland within a residential garden” and interesting Wildflowers and Bulbs to include into the mix. This was followed by a Talk on “Butterflies of the Highway area” by Steve Woodhall and then a Guided Walk for all to see the Wildflowers and Butterflies occurring naturally in Hillcrest’s beautiful Springside Nature Reserve. About our speakers:
Lindsay Gray is principal of The School of Garden Design and has trained in garden design, journalism and photography. She has authored and co-authored A Sense of Space: The Gardens of Jan Blok and Making Sense of Garden Design, respectively. More recently, Lindsay and Steve Woodhall wrote the book Attracting Butterflies to your Garden which includes several gardens around South Africa including a total revamp of Steve’s own garden to attract more butterfly species. Steve Woodhall is a butterfly expert and photographer who began watching and collecting butterflies at an early age. He is a past-president of the Lepidopterists’ Society of Africa, and has contributed to and authored several books, including Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa, What’s that Butterfly?, Attracting Butterflies to your Garden and, recently, the handy Butterfly App for phones and tablets.
Thanks to our speakers, all who attended, and our volunteers who assisted with refreshments and leading the walk.