‘Nature’s Green Gold’
|David Davison & Ray Hudson|
This year the Festival runs from 27 July to 2 September and will feature exciting Designer Gardens, the Gold Award Winning 2012 Kirstenbosch-SA Chelsea Exhibit, Gardens “Through the Eyes of a Child”, an Indigenous Exhibit by Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden & a Water Wise exhibit created by Rand Water.
Both the new & make-over designer gardens will showcase the latest garden trends & find clever solutions for small outdoor spaces, using a diversity of plants & natural hard landscaping products.
The emphasis in the make-over designer gardens section is on re-invent, re-decorate & re-vamp & this section of the show will offer plenty of inspiration for gardeners with a limited budget. To accommodate the increased gardens, the display area has again been expanded to allow for this permanent display – ‘Outdoor Rooms’ on view all year round.
Says Louis d’Hotman, General Manager of Garden World “We have found that the gardens become a
Garden World is particularly pleased to be hosting the Gold Award Winning 2012 Kirstenbosch-SA Chelsea Flower Show Exhibit and is supported by Mogale City. The Exhibit is themed “Gateways – A Botanical Journey” and combines nature & our cultural diversity to create an intriguing combination of rich botanical biodiversity & iconic architectural elements offering glimpses into the land in which we live. The exhibit is rather like the diary of a traveler, the visitor is taken on a journey through changing botanical & cultural landscapes that show our unique flora against the backdrop of water-colour paintings of picturesque locations. This was the 37th year that South Africa was represented at Chelsea. Over the years it has won 32 Gold medals, two Silver-Gilt medals & three Silver medals.
In addition to the schools taking part in the children’s garden section, there will also be a number of smaller box gardens created by children from different schools. A number of events are also being planned just for children & includes pot painting mornings.
Entrance to the Designer Gardens & the Chelsea Exhibit is R20 pp & children u/12 years Free. For more information on the festival contact Magriet / Corné on 011 957 2545 / 011 956 3003 or 083 997 6142.
Some of the featured events of the show are listed on the Gardening in South Africa website.