GARDEN AND LEISURE EQUALS HAPPINESS AND PLEASURE
By: Marcelle Naidoo
Environmental enthusiasts flocked to the Royal Showground for a fun filled weekend at the 2013 Sunday Tribune Garden and Leisure Show.
A diverse group of people gathered to view and enjoy the many sights this event had to offer. A range of plant displays were featured each following a specific theme, it was a splendid sight with something interesting for the entire family. The show took place in Pietermaritzburg from the 27th to the 29th of September, gates were open from 9am to 5pm ensuring a weekend filled with excitement.
This Garden and Leisure show, which is hosted by the Royal Agricultural Society and sponsored by the Sunday Tribune, took place for the very first time in 1975 and since then it has grown to become a successful event, both on a regional and a national scale.
Visitors could enjoy the indoor and outdoor floral displays and also receive expert plant care advice while children were provided with an entertainment tent. Apart from the plant displays a variety of fun lifestyle programmes were carried out included in these were a DIY veggie tent, various house eco stalls, a hand beading course as well as an ‘I Quit Smoking’ (IQS) tent.
The feature that won the gold and trophy award with a score of 97% was the Sunday Tribune Garden done by Gordon Stuarts Landscaping. This was an intricately designed feature which was filled with lilac and white flowers, a centralised water feature and a path leading to a violin and musical notes. Siphuxolo Ngqasa, marketing and events officer at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) in Kirstenbosch said that the SANBI feature focused on our biodiversity. “We place emphasis on mainly indigenous plants, so that’s what we tried to depict,”said Ngqasa.
After enjoying the lifestyle and garden show, visitors could spoil themselves at one of the many food tents provided, Coffee Berry Café and the Pancake Bar were among the popular choices.
The event showcased our natural environment while placing great emphasis on conservation and appreciating Mother Nature.
Maureen Fayers, a plant enthusiast who attended the show walked out with a smile speaking about how flowers have the ability to make anyone smile and instantly cause your depression to vanish. “It’s amazing…nobody can create flowers, only God could make something so beautiful,” she said.