Pegged to become the country’s leading floral extravaganza, the Cape Town Flower Show will celebrate industry leaders and South Africa’s unique flora at The Castle of Good Hope from 27 to 30 October this year.
“We have a floral kingdom in South Africa – it’s the richest and most diverse in the world. We should be making a big noise about this, and the Cape Town Flower Show will help to do this,” says Show Director Karey Evett.
The show sees South Africa’s top landscape architects and designers in one venue and 20 gardens on display, each with their own inspiration.
“The show has a variety of gardens, themed from historical value to the very latest design trends – with all local plant material that is available to the public,” explains Show Grounds Project Manager Paul Odendaal. “Designs were submitted during the beginning of the year to ensure a variety for the show, but final touches might change slightly towards to end. Murphy is always on duty!”
Odendaal will be using his 15 years of industry experience to co-ordinate the show gardens – seeing each landscaper pushing their creativity to new levels, making for an event highlight. He explains that there are a variety of elements to consider during the planning of show gardens, making each role a delicate one. From water points and spacing regulations to natural interference, the difficulties are endless. But this makes the final product all the more satisfying.
“Once the designers have access to the site from 3 October, they have 16 working days, with a few weekends in between, to get their garden ready, to ensure the show can start on the morning of Thursday 27 October,” says Odendaal.
The unique and beautiful displays are bound to provide the expected 20 000 visitors with ideas and inspiration to translate into their own gardens. Information on how to sustain biodiversity will also be shared. “Visitors will be viewing plants and gardens showcasing their utility that will inspire them with the combination and creativity that was applied within the gardens,” explains Odendaal.
“We believe this is an exciting event for the floral industry, particularly as we are launching the first ever MasterFlorist competition to give anyone who has flair with flowers the chance to show off their expertise,” says Evett.
The Cape Town Flower Show will be releasing a limited number of tickets each month, so book yours now! Purchase tickets in July for R130 per adult (a saving of R50) and R65 for children aged 10-17. Children under 10 enter free. Tickets can be purchased at Computicket.
Tickets at the door will cost R180 for adults and R90 for children aged 10-17. Visit the event website for more information.