Saturday, 18 August 2012

Sunday Tribune Garden & Leisure Show 2012

The 37th Sunday Tribune Garden & Leisure Show will take place at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg from 21 to 24 September. Although the Show traditionally runs for three days, it has been decided to extend the event to include the Heritage Day public holiday on the Monday following the weekend.
Acknowledged to be the largest horticultural event of its kind – modelled on the Chelsea concept – in the southern hemisphere; the Show includes up to 50 designer gardens, the quality (of most) ranking with the best in the world.
The theme in 2012 is ‘Out of my Paintbox’ and whilst being largely non-restrictive; it is anticipated that designers will include consequential elements of colour.
With an emphasis on inspirational show gardens, visitors are exposed to the latest landscaping techniques, innovative design features and displays of indigenous and exotic plant material.
Aside from a number of corporate participants, the occasion is the showpiece for the Parks Departments of many of South Africa’s municipalities. Amongst others, these include Tshwane (Pretoria), Ethekwini (Durban), Msunduzi (Pietermaritzburg), Cape Town, Mbombela (Nelspruit), Mogale City (Krugersdorp), Sol Plaatje (Kimberley), Kwadukuza (Stanger), uMhlathuze (Richards Bay) and Khara Hais (Upington).
One of the many highlights of the occasion is the Hall of Orchids and with an international array of exhibitors, this is a must-see for anyone who is interested in what is sometimes referred to as the ‘perfect blossom’.
For the enthusiastic gardener who does not aspire to being a technical expert, the Show caters for the design of 4 square metre gardens for individuals or groups, interested in displaying their talent in a relaxed but moderately competitive format.
2012 will see the inclusion of a new component focused on sustainability, this to be choreographed under the banner of the Happy Earth Hall.
Internationally the ‘green conscience’ continues to evolve and by way of initiation in the formative years, the Show will again focus extensively on youth development via the inclusion of mini horticultural exhibits by school-going youngsters, many from rural areas, spanning grades 4 to 12.
To complement horticultural design, the Show is also a base for numerous nurseries and specialist growers, who utilise the opportunity to display the latest plant material available.
The Sunday Tribune Garden Show has long been renowned for hosting the premier floral cake icing competition in the country and this, together with a meaningful participation of leisure-type exhibits will afford any visitor an all-encompassing experience.*

When: 21 – 24 September 2012 | 09h00 – 17h00 daily
Cost: Adults R 50 | Children U12 and pensioners R 35 | Pre-school children enter free of charge
For more information please visit the Sunday Tribune Garden and Leisure Show website.
*Press release issued by the Office of the CEO – Royal Agricultural Society (10 July 2012)

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