Cel­e­brate the Cape’s unique flo­ral her­itage

Cas­tle hosts Cape Town Flower Show

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - JAN CRONJE

CAPE Town is gear­ing up to host a Chelsea-style Flower Show this month and vis­i­tors can get their hands dirty in se­ries of work­shops and demon­stra­tions.

The four-day event, of which Week­end Ar­gus is a me­dia part­ner, seeks to cel­e­brate the Western Cape’s unique flo­ral her­itage.

It takes place at the Cas­tle of Good Hope from Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 27, to Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 30.

Twenty show gar­dens will be fea­tured, along with talks by the likes of gar­den­ing ex­pert Keith Kirsten, a cut flower ar­range­ment com­pe­ti­tion called MasterFlorist and the lat­est in gar­den­ers’ ac­ces­sories. Jill Man­son, a flo­ral com­mu­ni­ca­tion ex­pert from Johannesburg, will host an hour-long work­shop at the Bakhuys on Oc­to­ber 28.

“Peo­ple can choose flow­ers they res­onate with and dis­cover what unique mean­ing this has for their lives,” she said.

“It will also be a very in­for­ma­tive work­shop with re­gards to flow­ers and their unique essences and sto­ries each have and will also be filled with tips on buy­ing flow­ers and their longevity.”

Man­son said she be­came in­ter­ested in flow­ers after quit­ting her ca­reer in ad­ver­tis­ing.

“After a few years in the ad­ver­tis­ing field, I de­cided to leave and search for a more mean­ing­ful vo­ca­tion, which I thought I would find in the UK.

“Be­fore I left I went to the KwaZulu-Natal Mid­lands and it was on a walk in the Kam­berg, I had an of in­spi­ra­tion.”

She had the idea of us­ing flow­ers to help peo­ple bet­ter com­mu­ni­cate their feel­ings and emo­tions, to them­selves and oth­ers. Man­son’s work­shop costs R300, in­clud­ing en­try to the flower show, or R150 ex­clud­ing en­try.

Mar­celle Warner, of Ver­ti­cal Veg, will host two work­shops on Oc­to­ber 28, and Oc­to­ber 30. Her work­shops cost R50. She will demon­strate how to plant a veg­etable pocket panel and put to­gether recipes us­ing food grown in ver­ti­cal pan­els.

Warner said ver­ti­cal gar­dens were a world­wide trend. “With the increase of peo­ple liv­ing in smaller and smaller ur­ban spa­ces, so the aware­ness of gar­den­ing in smaller spa­ces has grown,” she said.

jan.cronje@inl.co.za

Jill Man­son, a flo­ral com­mu­ni­ca­tion ex­pert, will host a work­shop at the show.

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