Father Time and Mother Nature joined forces to unite two trees from Van den Berg Garden Village in marriage on a fine summer’s day at Klein Joostenberg recently.

The unusual event took place on the lush lawns of Klein Joostenberg Bistro & Deli at Muldersvlei, and was witnessed by over 130 guests.

Toos van den Berg of Van den Berg Garden Village as “Mother Nature” and her attendants brought the two trees down a flower-lined aisle to the white gazebo where Hans Beele (“Father Time”), resplendent in robes, waited to conduct the ceremony.

“Who gives Loxostylis Alta, on behalf of Mother Nature as the Groom in this unification?” intoned Father Time, as the tree-groom arrived on a suitably decorated wheel barrow. “Who then gives Calpurnia Aurea on behalf of Uncle Preservation to this wedding of trees as the bride?”   A group of attendants dressed to represent different trees brought the tree-bride on a decorated plant trolley.

Toos then performed the unification by planting both trees together into a large pot . She then intertwined them to grow as one tree. “What we have joined let no man pull asunder, till death them do part”, pronounced the nature-loving officiator, adding that the family name of the tree couple was now Anacardiaceae.

Van den Bergs had given a Floating Island to the happy couple as a wedding present, so Bill Harding of BioHaven Floating Islands gave a short presentation on these concentrated mini wetlands that can be purchased from Van den Berg Garden Village. The Floating Islands are natural living systems that have been very successful in remove pollutants from the water of dams and ponds while providing an attractive planted floating feature and a bird habitat. Bill Harding is a highly qualified as, amongst other things, an Aquatic Ecologist, a Limnologist and a Microbiologist.

The fun event was followed by a delicious light lunch served on the veranda of Klein Joostenberg’s function venue.

These twined trees and floating islands, together with a large range of indigenous and exotic plants and wholesale trees, are available from Van den Berg Garden Village which is open 7 days a week at Klein Joostenberg on the R304 (Just off the N1 – direction Stellenbosch).

The Klein Joostenberg Bistro and Deli are also open 7 days a week for breakfasts and lunches, wine tasting and sales. Their large delicatessen stocks local produce and the butchery sells their own farm-reared pork. They also have a spacious function venue that overlooks the lawns and dam.

For more information about these and other places of interest to visit in the countryside within easy reach of the Tygerberg area, go to www.capecountrycalls.co.za.

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