Friday, 20 July 2012

Garden World's Annual Spring Festival

‘Nature’s Green Gold’

David Davison & Ray Hudson
27 July to 2 September, 2012

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
Tanya Visser
reference point for different styles, allow the comparison of diverse hard landscaping products & provide ideas for different planting combinations, especially as we change the plants with the seasons.”

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.

Margaret Roberts
Other events will be in the company of Herb Guru Margaret Roberts, also designer of the main display garden at Cop17 Leon Kluge, Horticulturalists David Viljoen & JJ van Rensburg and Radio Personality Lynton Johnson.

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.

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