Big city flower show blos­soms

Vis­i­tors en­joy colour­ful day out

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

HUN­DREDS of Capeto­ni­ans, wine and Cham­pagne glasses in hand, strolled the lawns of the Cas­tle of Good Hope, ad­mir­ing show gar­dens and flo­ral dis­plays on the sec­ond day of the Cape Town Flower Show.

The event, which started on Thurs­day, in­cludes 20 show gar­dens by some of the coun­try’s top land­scape de­sign­ers, as well as talks by gar­den­ing ex­perts, a cut flower ar­range­ment com­pe­ti­tion, an art ex­hi­bi­tion and the lat­est in gar­den­ers’ ac­ces­sories.

The four-day show, which ends at 5pm to­mor­row, is mod­elled on the Chelsea Flower Show in the UK.

Lo­cal show di­rec­tor Karey

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THE CAS­TLE’S doors open to­day at 10am and close at 9pm. To­mor­row, the show is on be­tween the hours of 10am and 5pm.

Tick­ets are avail­able at the door or at Com­puticket at R180 for adults and R90 for chil­dren aged be­tween 10 and 17. Evett said she was ex­cited her idea had at last be­come a re­al­ity.

“It has been a long time com­ing and a long time in the plan­ning.”

Thou­sands of vis­i­tors had al­ready bought tick­ets.

“They all seem to be re­ally en­joy­ing it. They like the venue, they like the gar­dens, they like the flow­ers,” Evett said.

She said or­gan­is­ers had booked the Cas­tle for next year and 2018. “It’s an an­nual event and we are com­mit­ted to it.”

Af­ter strolling through the gar­dens, many of which highlight in­dige­nous plants that thrive in wa­ter-scarce en­vi­ron­ments, vis­i­tors en­joyed glasses of wine, Cham­pagne and craft beer in a large mar­quee tent. Ven­dors, mean­while, did brisk trade sell­ing ev­ery­thing from fresh oys­ters and pulled pork que­sadil­las to ice-cream.

The show in­cludes a re­tail el­e­ment and many vis­i­tors browsed gar­den­ers’ ac­ces­sories or bought seeds and seedlings.

PIC­TURES: LEON LESTRADE

A panorama of the Cape Town Flower Show at the Cas­tle, dis­play­ing some of the 20 show gar­dens.

The South African Mint’s show gar­den, cre­ated by award-win­ning land­scaper Leon Kluge, is in­spired by origami.

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