aristonThe Ariston Elemental Organic Gardening Project is a wonderful private gardening project on the go in Claremont.

What was vacant, basically barren land near Claremont train station has been leased from the municipality by passionate organic gardener Brigid Jackson and is gradually being turned into a wonderful oasis of green.

I visited the garden at the end of last year, and was really impressed with what Brigid has managed to achieve – beautiful vegetables, abundant herbs, all fed by the huge bathtub worm farms to which she so lovingly tends.

pumpkin!I came back laden with a huge stash of the most delicious organic vegetables, herbs and wonderful flowers – and proceeded to devour them with relish (well, not the flowers!).

Brigid is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the art of what she dubs ‘elemental organic gardening’ – something more specific and down-to-earth than the potentially vague ‘organic’ (a tomato grown hydroponically can still be classified as ‘organic’, even though its roots have never been in real earth).

And now I’m happy to hear that she will be sharing her expertise and enthusiasm with the rest of us wannabe gardeners.

Starting from tomorrow evening, Ariston Garden will be hosting a series of Wednesday evening talks on various aspects of elemental organic gardening.

ariston plantsDates and details are as follows:

  • Elemental Organic gardening – 11 February 2009
  • Elemental cooking Herbs – 25 February 2009
  • Elemental Organic compost making – 11 March 2009
  • Using Elemental wit and cunning to control pests in the garden – 25 March 2009
  • Elemental pruning and propagation – 15 April 2009
  • Elemental Companion Planting – 13 May 2009
  • The Endangered Honeybee – 27 May 2009

Venue : 5 Dunluce Avenue Claremont.  Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm start (duration approx 11?2 hours) Cost: R30.00. Please RSVP as space is limited to 20 people.  Email :

I’ll certainly be going to the first one, and I have a feeling I could do with some lessons in elemental wit and cunning because the pests in my garden are currently winning!

So, perhaps I’ll see you there.

You can keep track of what’s happening at Ariston Garden by visiting the garden’s blog, or by joining the Ariston Elemental Organic Garden Project Facebook Group.

The Ariston Elemental Organic Garden Project is located at 5 Dunluce Avenue, Claremont.  Contact Brigid on 021 674 2816 or email her at


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