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Location: Robertson, South Africa
Posted: Oct/13/2008 2:58 AM PST
'Tag' a celebrity in a blog and get the hits (1200+ in 20 hrs for 007). Our marketing is primary Internet related; combined with word of mouth and media exposure. It brings us more than 80 percent of the visitors (around 20 percent solely on account of Internet).
In the near future there will be targeted media exposure in a wide variety of media; from gardening and inflight magazines to radio and (satellite) TV.
But this is not the issue we want to brief you about.
More important is the continuous movement here at Soekershof. Our new rockeries near the entrance are getting shape. The succulent plant collection is increasing; from over 2400 different and registered plants to around 2700 OUTDOORS in the garden towards the end of this month. It's by far the largest outdoor collection of its kind in South Africa. Together with our passionate friends of Obesa Nursery in Graaff Reinet we acquired a few hundred very rare species from private collectors. We also exchanged quite a few plants with Maarten Scott of Fynkwa Nursery in Oudshoorn (no website: Noordweg 47). With these people we maintain an open minded and mutual beneficial relationship (exchanging each others soil mixture recipes for example and directing customers to each other). And nearby in McGregor is the outstanding lithop collection of Andrew van Ginkel (approx. 2000 species under cover). Best is to make an appointment before visiting.
And on our blogsite you find in the right collumn links to other things to do in Robertson plus a link to accommodation in the region of which you can be assured of a consistent good quality and hospitality, each in their own market segment. It is also in our interest that visitors enjoy every moment of their stay in the Robertson Wine Valley.
And there is more:
Art in the Garden
Next to the baobab sculpture one of these months we will launch the first South African 'cruise missile'. This 4.5 metres high sculpture is at the moment getting shape in our workshop and is created by woodworker Marthinus Plaatjies who also makes our exclusieve collection of (laminated) wooden products such as garden furniture, seed boxes (with embedded cotyledon) and design handbags. Also in the making are the laminated (2 bluegum species) King and Queen Chairs of respectivily 200 and 165 cm high and each weighing over 100 kilograms. These monumental objects (one of a kind) will be for sale in our new shop in the Visitors Centre. And Joey the wire artist is still demonstrating visitors a real African handshake .... next to his unique work of course.
Inviting gifted artists from local communities nearby is part of our engagement in Fair Trade in Tourism in South Africa.
In the near future we hope to attract more local artists who are, as Joey, willing to invest time in creating unique collections of their own work with the foresight of making an independent, non-subsidised, sustainable income.
If time allows we will also add new, visualised, stories in the Klaas Voogds Maze. But first we want to sculpture a giant Earthwork (>2 metres high, 14 metres long and 6 metres wide) representing Mama Africa. This object is dedicated to all people of this fascinating continent (and also a little bit to a few locals who every now and than are circling with their aircraft above Soekershof ...........).
(Life is a Maze)
Location: SanLorenzo Ca.
Posted: May/27/2009 12:43 AM PST
photos of the succulents would have been nicer then photos of your marketable stuff. I greatly enjoy seeing succulents,not stuff other then succulents. Trying posting pictures of the succulents not merchandise.