City blooms with flower show

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Tflorists. her­itage. HE WEST­ERN Cape is blessed with a rich bio­di­ver­sity and our flo­ral king­dom is world fa­mous. So it is more than fit­ting that Cape Town should host its own an- nual flower show. The first Cape Town Flower Show is now well un­der way in the heart of the city at the newly re- fur­bished Cas­tle of Good Hope. It has brought to­gether top de­sign­ers, gar­den­ing ex­perts – in­clud­ing Week­end Ar­gus Home’s popu- lar colum­nist Kay Mont­gomery – flo­ral artists and Im­por­tantly, the show is also pro­vid­ing much-needed work for lo­cals, in­clud­ing food vend- ors and flower sell­ers. In ad­di­tion, it is a ca­reer launch­pad for some new­com­ers to the green in­dus­try, such as the tal- ented young de­signer of the Week­end Ar­gus gar- den, Mo­hamed Amin Karani, who is from the Tsh- wane Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy. Most of all, the flower show has tapped into a gar­den­ing cul­ture that’s con­cerned with sus­taina- bil­ity, beau­ti­ful liv­ing and cel­e­brat­ing our nat­u­ral The show’s or­gan­is­ers hope this an­nual event will be­come South Africa’s lead­ing flower show, an event to ri­val Lon­don’s iconic Chelsea Flower Show, and a liv­ing legacy through which Cape Town can pro­mote its nat­u­ral beauty. When Alan Winde, the pro­vin­cial MEC of Eco- nomic Op­por­tu­ni­ties, of­fi­cially opened the show on Thurs­day evening he ex­pressed the hope that the show would be­come yet an­other ma­jor draw­card and money-spin­ner for the city and prov­ince. We are cer­tain that the Cape Town Flower Show will be­come all that and more and Week­end Ar­gus is de­lighted to be as­so­ci­ated with this ad­mirable en­deav­our.

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