Jack and Kathy Bold managed the Fernkloof Indigenous Nursery on behalf of the Hermanus Botanical Society for the last 20 years. So it was the end of an era when we said farewell to Jack, who, at 75 will now be taking his well-deserved retirement. (On the photo above are Kathy and Jack Bold with Di Marais, chairperson of the HBS.)

Over the years Jack has applied his great love for the flora of this region by propagating and nurturing the indigenous fynbos to be sold at the Fernkloof Indigenous Nursery. He has significantly increased the range of specimens available and leaves a legacy of over 400 species that he has propagated, including at least 10 species on the red data list. In 2014, Jack was recognised for his considerable contribution as the recipient of the mayoral award for Environmental Conservation.

Kathy has provided administrative support over the past 14 years, ably assisting the Nursery’s clients and maintaining the Facebook page, encouraging people locally and beyond to visit Fernkloof. Hermanus will miss them, as they are much-loved members of this community! We wish them much happiness for this next phase of their lives.

For now, the Nursery will be run by volunteers from the Hermanus Botanical Society, and will be open for business from 09:00 to 13:00 weekly and from 09:00 to12:00 on Saturdays. We look forward to assisting anybody wishing to plant their gardens to indigenous fynbos.

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