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- Pretoria · Veuve Clicquot · Cape Town · University of Cape Town · Nelson Mandela · Franschhoek · Christoffel Wiese

Ac­tress Nomzamo Mbatha cel­e­brates spring with a bou­quet of the roses that have been named af­ter her. The flower was un­veiled on Fri­day.

● Every­thing keeps com­ing up roses for Nomzamo Mbatha. The ac­tress­cum-ac­tivist now has a pink-meetssoft-peach flower named af­ter her.

The hon­our was be­stowed on Fri­day morn­ing at Lud­wig’s Rose Farm, north of Pre­to­ria, as part of the flower com­pany’s an­nual spring fes­ti­val.

We were prof­fered flutes of Veuve Clic­quot as we made our way in­side the pretty-as-a-posy rose shed dec­o­rated in flo­ral fin­ery.

“Wow, what a full-cir­cle mo­ment,” ex­claimed the perky ac­tress as she greeted Lud­wig Taschner, the man be­hind the rose nurs­ery.

Taschner’s daugh­ter, Anja Taschner, who re­cently qual­i­fied with a BCom de­gree from the Univer­sity of Cape Town, cre­ated the Nomzamo cul­ti­var ear­lier this year.

The roses were on dis­play in a bed of Nomzamo blooms, with a fallen chan­de­lier, a pair of white gloves and a jacket art­fully dis­played as part of the set­ting.

Then it’s greet­ing the coun­try’s most fa­mous green fin­gers, Keith Kirsten, who ear­lier this year un­veiled the Nel­son Man­dela rose. Those with long mem­o­ries will know he also cre­ated the Gwen Gill rose.

Keith tells me he’s been up to his el­bows in gar­den­ing projects, rang­ing from Sol Kerzner’s spot in Hout Bay to Christo Wiese’s Lourens­ford Es­tate in Som­er­set West.

His next project is set to be the re­design of the gar­dens for an­other wine es­tate, Boschen­dal, in Fran­schhoek.

Other guests on the sweet­smelling morn­ing out in­cluded Nomzamo’s mom, Phumzile Mbatha, her aunt Ntombi Pereira, me­dia per­son­al­ity Penny Le­byane and PR gal about town Me­lanie Ram­jee.

Keith tells me he’s been up to his el­bows in gar­den­ing projects

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Pic­ture: John Lieben­berg
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Pic­tures: John Lieben­berg Ac­tress Nomzamo Mbatha with the dis­play of roses that were named for her.
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Lud­wig Taschner and daugh­ter Anja. Left, Keith Kirsten and the Nel­son Man­dela rose.

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