During the Clivia flowering seasons Sean Chubb opens the Thurlow Flora nursery as well as the Habitat Heritage Collection to the public and any interested parties.
The 3 main periods in which the Nursery is open are:
- Pendulous Clivia [Robusta and Gardenii] flowering period in early June.
- Interspecific hybrid flowering period from end June to end August.
- Miniata Flowering period open days are advertised and are normally, the last weekend in August, the last weekend in September and also the first weekend in October.
Thurlow Flora also attends numerous shows including:
- Northern Clivia Club Show in Pretoria.
- Clivia Forum Show in Centurion.
- Joburg Clivia Show at Garden World
- The KwaZulu Natal Clivia show in KZN
- The Pietermaritzburg garden show held in late September at the Royal Show grounds.
To Visit Thurlow Flora during August , September and October has left many visitors amazed by the diversity and variation to be found in the Clivia miniata collection at the nursery. With the enormous genetic gene pool that makes up the Thurlow flora collection, variation and diversity are the norm. A full range of colour, form and size can be found in the collection.
2018 THURLOW FLORA
SHOWS AND OPEN DAYS
QUALITY FLOWERING CLIVIA AND CLIVIA SEED WILL BE FOR SALE AT ALL THE EVENTS BELOW
FORUM SHOW- CENTURION- ROOIHUISKRAAL SCHOOL.
1st / 2nd SEPTEMBER
NORTHERN CLIVIA CLUB SHOW- PRETORIA -ANTON VAN WOUW PRIMARY SCHOOL .
INTERNATIONAL CLIVIA CONFERENCE JOHANNESBURG.
METRO CLIVIA SHOW –JOHANNESBURG-GARDEN WORLD
NATAL WITNESS GARDEN SHOW-PIETERMARITZBURG –ROYAL SHOW GROUNDS.
THURLOW FLORA OPEN DAYS – THURLOW FARM –ESTON.
HILTON ARTS FESTIVEL – HILTON COLLEGE – HILTON
22Nd/ 23Rd SEPTEMBER
PORT ELIZABETH CLIVIA SHOW-PORT ELIZABETH
GEORGE CLIVIA SHOW-GEORGE
KZN MIDLANDS CLIVIA GROWERS 2018
‘KZN CLIVIA COUNTRY’
Five Clivia growers in the KZN Midlands have put our heads together and believe that we have elite Clivia and can offer Clivia enthusiasts, growers and breeders some unique opportunities.
As a group we would like to extend an invitation to all Clivia lovers to visit our nurseries and explore the vast diversity of Clivia in all forms. Each member of our group has very unique plants and growing methods.
The 2018 flowering season is looking very promising for the Clivia growers in the KZN Midlands. With superior genetics and an ideal Climate for Clivia the group of growers are expecting an amazing year of flowering from their elite Clivia collections.
We as a group have put aside 3 days in mid-September, our peak flowering season, for the Clivia enthusiasts, growers and breeders to visit our collections and nurseries.
The KZN Midlands Clivia Growers group will be displaying our Clivia at the Natal Witness Garden show in 2019. The Natal Witness Garden show is a South African ‘Chelsey’ flowers show. The show is held each year at the Royal Agricultural Show grounds in Pietermartizburg. The huge landscape and flowers displays as well as hundreds stalls with Garden and plant related wares are well worth a visit. The Natal Witness Garden Show is a three day event 7th 8th and 9th September. This is Friday Saturday and Sunday.
Our open nurseries will be open for 3 days from Monday 10th Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th September. The nursery owners will provide tea and light lunch for visitors on each day.
The Group members are:
LIZ BOYD –KARKLOOF CLIVIA-
SEAN CHUBB –THURLOW FLORA –www.cliviasa.co.za 084 301 9960
JOHN HANDMAN – LITTLE FALLS CLIVIA
VAL THURSTON – VAL AND ROY THURSTON CLIVIA- 031 7635736
FRANCOIS VAN ROOYEN – THE GEM WILDFLOWERS
An idea would be to visit the Natal Witness Garden show on the Sunday and then travel to the growers in the next few days enjoying the vast displays of Clivia.
Mobile phone 0828252124
Ben Eden farm is situated about 120 kilometres inland from Durban in Kwazulu Natal.
The farm is nestled in the natural Karkloof forest.
The forest is the natural habitat of clivia miniata which can be found growing in the upper reaches of the streams that flow through the forest.
I started hybridising clivia twenty years ago and I work mainly with miniata as the climate is well suited to them.
Over the years the collection has grown and the plants are housed in numerous shade houses near the forest.
There are also thousands of plants planted out under the canopy of trees . In September each year it is a spectacular sight.
Each year the best breeding plants are carefully pollinated and all the seeds are grown out to flowering. Out of the thousands that flower the very best are chosen for future hybridising.
Visitors to the farm are most welcome, phone to make arrangements.
We are fifteen minutes from Howick, just off the N3 highway
There is a very good Bed and Breakfast next door THISTLEDOWN COUNTRY HOUSE phone Norma 0824910533.
THURLOW FLORA – SEAN CHUBB
PRODUCING CLIVIA WITH PEDIGREE - SPECIALIZING IN COLOUR BREEDING
INSPIRED BY DIVERSITY
Sean Chubb Started growing Clivia in the mid 1970`s and has always had a passion for colour breeding, initially with very little success. It was not until in the mid 80`s that he started breeding with Chubb Peach and only in 1994 did the first pure true to type batch of Chubb Peach seedling flower.
Sean Chubb`s nursery Thurlow Flora is situated on a Thurlow Farm in Eston KwaZulu-Natal an ideal Clivia growing area. With almost 1ha under 80% shade cloth there is plenty of room to grow a wide variety of Clivia including all the known species and numerous Interspecific Hybrids but mainly Clivia Miniata varieties. Sean was
The efforts over the last 30 plus years has made Sean Chubb`s Nursery Thurlow Flora the world`s most prolific breeder of line bred, true to type, pure breeding varieties of Clivia. With no less that 15 new colours being produced over the years. These modern colours are grown in fair quantities and are marketed through the KZN Clivia Breeders seed Bank as well as flowering plants being sold at many Shows and Sales countrywide during flowering season.
Thurlow Flora is the home to the conservation effort known as ‘THE HERITAGE COLLECTION’. This collection is essentially a collection of rare habitat Clivia which have been collected over many years by numerous people.
A LIVING CLIVIA MUSEUM.
For more information on Thurlow Flora and KZN Clivia Breeders visit www.cliviasa.co.za
Mobile- 084 301 9960
Office- 031 7811978
John Handman - Little Falls Clivias
I have been collecting clivia for the past 15 years, I became infected by the bug when I was introduced to the Genus at the 2002 International Clivia Conference, which was held in Pietermaritzburg. Over the years I acquired 2 collections of clivia, the first being from Celia Ferreira. This was a small collection but for the time contained a number plants that I was keen to get hold of and that Celia selected from her father’s (Bertie Guillaume) nursery. Over the years the mother plants from this collection have producded a number of show plants, and with which we still continue to breed.
The second collection that I bought was that of Chris Welgemoed, this was a large collection of clivia that Chris had amassed over the years and which had its origins from the Tipperary Nursery. The collection consisted largely of Tipperary Peach plants, which we have continued to multiply in great numbers. We have recently started to use the Tipperary Peaches to breed new lines, which will soon be released. We are also busy with the development of a number of new lines through many years of breeding which hopefully will be available to buyers in September this year. All are welcome to visit the nursery during the flowering season by prior appointment, we will however be open to everyone on the days advertised in the article.
CLIVIA COLLECTION - VAL & ROY THURSTON
My interest in clivia started around 1973 when I was given a couple of orange plants by Roy’s parents. I saw my first yellow in Howick and that really fired-up me up to plant seed, swop and purchase a variety of unusual plants.
I joined the KZN Clivia Club in 1994 and met a number of other clivia enthusiasts, started extending my collection with a number of Heritage plants from the Ndwedwe region with the aim of breeding and protecting these wild clones for future breeding. The attractive Ndwedwe Msubo Wow and Msubo Nguni, Ngidi Pink Champagne and numerous other cones have produced some exciting results, namely the Fairytale Series, Ngidi Series and others.
Roly Strachan from Ixopo, was very kind and generous to me and gave me Roly’s Chiffon and I had gave me ‘free rein’ to collect many other lovely specimens from his garden, when intercrossed, have also produced some classic results.
The newest series is the Waterford range, bred from Kevin Walters yellow, Variegated Chubb Peach, Ndwedwe Jade and Pink Fantasy with Gerhard’s Pastel Ghost which has produced some amazing yellows, pastels, peaches, pinks and ghosts some with variegation in the mix.
We have lived in Kloof for the past 14 years and 45 years on, my collection has grown and now includes a wide selection of different clones, some many years old, and the more recent popular plants in demand and a wide range of my seed crosses.
You are welcome to visit and enjoy my small but interesting collection of clivia and indigenous garden.
Val & Roy
10 Watsonia Place, Forest Hills, Kloof, 3610
Cell: 072 464 5212
Francois van Rooyen is a fifth generation farmer in Greytown located in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands. The Gem Wildflowers extensive collection includes many habitat heritage plants, miniata and the 6 pendulous species. Francois being a passionate collector and unique breeder for many years can especially be seen in his tremendous interspecific results. His enthusiasm spills over in his talks and at shows to many clivia beginners and enthusiasts. His clivias have won many awards and he has had the privilege to judge various shows over the years and gain knowledge from the many people who have visited or who he has travelled to. He believes there is always something to learn and share to keep evolving clivia for all to enjoy in the future. 2018 is an exciting year wherein we look forward to seeing all our local enthusiasts and people from all over the world visiting South Africa for the conference. We hope to see you on the farm where all are welcome.
Francois: +27 076-487-0300