Prieure Notre Dame D’ Orsan – Part II

August 8th, 2011

During July, our head gardener, Liesl van der Walt spent two weeks gardening at the Prieure Notre Dame D’ Orsan in France, which is the home of the architect Patrice Taravella, who designed the gardens at Babylonstoren. In Part II of her travel diary, Liesl tells us about tomatoes and bees:

I loved working in the vegetable garden with Estelle (above). First thing in the morning we picked whatever was ripe and needed by the restaurant. They have an exceptional good crop of tomatoes, beautifully trained onto different shaped wooden trellises.

Estelle’s main interest is beekeeping and it was fascinating to go with her to Orsan’s bee hives where she gave the small new swarms extra feeding during cold weather. She also showed me the traditional woven beehive she recently found on a market. These old hives, which are covered with mud to darken the inside, were used to as temporary hives when catching bees on the move.

I had a wonderful stay, learned so much, and hope to return again soon.




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