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Fynbos Foraging course dates July + August 2016



Fynbos Flavours

Introductory half day forage and feasting experience


Aimed at adults but children are welcome to join their parents. Anyone who has an interest in gardening, in wild food, foraging or indigenous edibles. Chefs wanting to discover new ingredients or foodies wanting to play with the diverse wild flavours in our Indigenous edibles. People interested in Fynbos, in vegetable gardening, self sufficiency, in the Slow Food movement or those that just want to have a unique and delicious experience at a beautiful venue with like minded people.
Each course is different according to the season and availability in the gardens and the bush. Explore the gardens, discover and pick edible floral foods and fresh organic vegetables. Forage for indigenous edibles, learn how to sustainably harvest them, utilize them in your kitchen, grow them in your garden and some of their medicinal properties. Learn about wild herbs and how to preserve and prepare them. After snacks and a gathering tour we will get creative in the foraging classroom kitchen and prepare and share a feast.

This half day course includes wild food snacks and drinks, a delicious three course lunch based on ingredients foraged, harvested and prepared by the group. You will also receive information sheets and recipes on the plants that we will use in the meal PLUS two indigenous edible pot plants to take home.

Gumboots or comfortable walking shoes, raincoat/sun hat – suitable outdoor gear. Cameras are welcome. Don’t forget an open mind and your sense of humour!


You can also enjoy a 10% discount in the nursery retail should you wish to purchase any indigenous plants for your garden.

R550 p/person or R2000 for group of four. Children under 17yrs R200, Children under 2yrs free. Full payment will secure your booking as spaces are limited.

10am – 2pm


23rd of July

30th July

13th August 

27th August


Good Hope Gardens Nursery, Plateau Rd (M65),Cape Point


Roushanna and Gael Gray


Yes – all the dishes on this course are vegetarian, and all food intolerances are catered for, please let us know in advance.




Yes – Min number of people required: 10.
email roushanna@hotmail.com


Forage Harvest Feast

A few weeks ago we had our first Forage Harvest Feast of the season.

It was cold, wet and delicious.

We had a very interesting crowd, including the talented Kate Higgs, who joined us with her magic photography skills.

Here is a little bit of what we got up to…

Peppermint PelargoniumPelargonium tomentosum

Foraging toolsTools

Urban hunter gathererThe Urban Hunter Gatherer digging up some wild garlic – Tulbaghia violacea.

Medicinal Indigeous plantsDescribing medicinal uses for sour fig – Carpobrotus edulis.

VeldkoolVeldkool season – Trachyandra.

Forage Harvest Feast

A sensory experience.

City of EdenAnna Shevel of The City of Eden with her basket of goods.

Wild foodGood Hope honey and raw wild berry jam

Organic vegOrganic veg.

Foaging course Cape TownWashing and chatting.

Foraged ingredientsA foraged herb basket.

Table Bay Hotel chefsChefs from the Table Bay Hotel having fun and chopping up a storm

Wild greens pestoThe Pesto Queen

Forage Harvest FeastFrom bush to table…

Centre for Optimal HealthFeast!

Pelargonium and HoneybushcupcakesPelargonium and Honeybush cupcakes.

Fynbos Foraging courseIf you would like to join us for a Forage Harvest Feast, here are the upcoming course dates:

Saturday the 16th of August, 10am – 2pm FULLY BOOKED

Saturday the 30th of August, 10am – 2pm

Saturday the 4th of October, 10am – 2pm

To book or for more info email roushanna@hotmail.com



Summer photos

Here are some more excellent photos taken by our multi-talented nursery manager Werner Deblitz. He has managed to capture some great shots in and around the nursery this summer…

Good Hope Gardens NurseryWelcome!

Good Hope Gardens NurseryDipogons in training

Good Hope Gardens NurseryBeautiful geometric patterns of a delicate grass

Good Hope Gardens NurseryEverlastings – a host of tiny whispering suns

Good Hope Gardens NurseryIrrigation. Summer garden’s dependence.

Good Hope Gardens NurseryThis is an amazing shot, my personal favorite – a bee in flight.

Good Hope Gardens NurseryRestios – stunning texture and colour. Who would not want this in their garden?

Good Hope Gardens NurseryCuttings.

Good Hope Gardens NurseryThe infants.

Good Hope Gardens NurseryA section of the growing nursery. Kindergarten.

Good Hope Gardens NurseryOutdoor retail. Shady and calm.

Good Hope Gardens NurseryThanks for coming, travel safe and happy holidays!


Crazy Red Dot Summer Sale!

We are having a crazy red dot summer sale.

Yes we are!

Good Hope Gardens Nursery retail

Melinda from the retail with our two little crazies. And no, they are not for sale.

Good Hope Gardens Nursery

Come and join us anytime from now until the sale ends on the 22nd of January. The sooner you come, the better selection you will get to create a festive wonderland in your garden this season.

Good Hope gardens Nursery

25% off all marked plants…

Good Hope Gardens Nursery

And what gorgeous plants to choose from!

Good Hope Gardens NurseryEnjoy the shady seating while you dream up your new garden designs…

Or choose who you will gift this Christmas with some very affordable living leafy presents.

Good Hope Gardens Nursery

Enjoy the silly season outdoors this summer

Good Hope Gardens Nursery retail

You’d be crazy not to!

Crazy Red Dot Sale at Good Hope Gardens NurseryCrazy like this.

For more info contact us on 0217809299 or email fynbosplants@xsinet.co.za


Kids Forage and Harvest Morning – Pizza!

Last Saturday we had such a fun laughter filled Kids Forage and Harvest morning!

Our lovely group of excited kids collected wild herbs, edible flowers and garden veg to create and eat PIZZA!

And yes, moms and dads, grannies and grandpa’s – they ate ALL THEIR VEG UP!!!

The mothers who were there were all very pleased with this and asked when the next one was…. It’s this coming Saturday the 9th of November!

Here are some highlights from our morning:

Kids foraging courseWere off!

Kids Foraging coursePicking carrots

Kids forage morningBella the pig!

Kids forage and Harvest morningChecking the goods

Farm animalsFarm animals!

Kids Forgae and Harvest morningRinsing the flowers

Carrot manMr Carrot Man

Kids Forage and HarvestCreating edible masterpieces

Kids forage and harvest courseYum!

Foraged and harvested pizzaSo tasty!

Kids forage and harvest morningSay cheese!

Hope you can join us at our next exciting morning 🙂


Late Spring Forage Harvest and Feast

Last Saturday we had another fantastic Forage Harvest and Feast!

Here of some beautiful photos taken by Werner Deblitz…scroll down and let your imagination take over…


Foraging notes and recipes

 Get set, go!

Picking Pelargonium

Good Hope Gardens Nursery retail

Corinder flowers

Can you dig it?

Corn flowers

foraging feet

Snack time

Basket of goodness

Flower bath

Beetroot relish

Plates to be filled!



That was one of the last Forage Harvest and Feast courses of the season until Winter,

but we will be going on Seaweed forages in Summer to tide us over until then.

Hope you can join us!


Veggies and Composting in Spring

We have been working hard in our veggie gardens, getting them looking beautiful for our Forage, Harvest and Feast courses and as tasty as possible for us to eat from everyday – its a real working garden. Baby girl knows that if she find a packet and puts on her boots, she can get a tasty snack. “Peas!” she shouts, banging on the door. Its one of her first words. “More!” is another one.ImageSnack time!CompostHere is our rich, warm compost pile. When it gets turned over, you can see the steam billowing out.

Its beautiful. But its hard work. It’s really like having another pet.

You have to feed it and make sure it doesn’t get too hot or too cold and that it gets enough nutrients and oxygen. The optimum temperature for a compost pile is about 60 degrees so that the pathogens and weed seeds are inactivated. It gets nice and cosy like this because of all the microorganisms eating away at the degradable matter. Id love to finish off a stew or even a pot of rice in there one day!

But if you have a big old dry compost heap, it can even catch on fire in hot weather – seriously.

You can read all about it here. If you want something cute on compost Q and A, then check this out.

If it gets too cold, it will slow down the composting process and stop it doing its job. If it gets too hot, the poor little microbes die. We definitely don’t want that to happen, so we have to turn over the compost pile regularly. And if  the compost doesn’t get enough nutrients or air it wont work either.

I could go on for ever. There is so much more. But I don’t want to bore you with a big pile of know-you-know-what.

CabbagesPretty maids, I mean cabbages, all in a row

Broad beans and leeksBroad beans and Leeks

Veggie gardenCalendula, Lavender, Artemesia, Onions, Thyme, Lemon Pelargonium and Rosemary.

ArtichokesThe first beautiful Artichokes of the season

Veggie gardenCalendula, Borage, black Mustard and Swiss Chard

How many recipes have you got in your head now? I just have to see plants, any edible plants, and my mouth starts drooling with all the recipes going through my mind. You know the Matrix movie with all those green numbers and letters whizzing down the screen? It’s like that in my mind, except those numbers are all plant combos and recipes. Totally normal.

Protea cyneroidesI’ll end off with a photo of our stunning King Protea which flowers at the same time every year without fail, heralding the beginning of Spring.

Happy gardening!