‘Green is the new black’ — Miss Earth SA

2009-09-26 00:00

GREEN is the new black, according to Miss Earth South Africa 2009, Chanel Grantham, who formally opened this year’s garden and leisure show at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday evening.

Grantham, who was born in Pietermaritzburg and grew up in Durban, said her earliest memories of gardening were of the time she spent digging and planting with her grandmother.

“I’ll never forget nursing my very own strawberry patch at the age of four,” she told guests at the launch.

“I would wake up every morning asking my gran whether the strawberries were ready to eat yet.

“Come to think of it, I learnt one of life’s greatest lessons from gardening — patience!”

As Miss Earth SA, Grantham’s key mandate is to green the young minds of South Africans and to raise green consciousness in the country.

With that object in mind, she urged people to plant more trees.

“Notwithstanding the debt we owe to trees, their emotive power and their importance to other life forms, the forests of the earth are steadily being depleted,” she said.

“This is leading to the degradation of the environment and the extinction of many species. As you all know, we face a great global warming crisis, and one of the main contributors is deforestation.

“So I think the theme for the show — ‘Hip and Happening’ — is so apt because it certainly is hip to be gardening, particularly in times like these when we need to get people excited about environmental conservation, planting and sustainable living.

“In fact, green has become the new black and that makes us a forward-thinking hotspot,” said Grantham.

This year’s best on-show garden was designed for the Sunday Tribune by Sue Tarr of Hilton.

Visitors to the garden and leisure show can decide whether or not they agree with the judges by voting for the garden they believe is the best on show.

The show is open today and tomorrow from 9 am to 6 pm.

• Grantham will be heading to the Philippines next month to represent South Africa at the Miss Earth World pageant.

For more information go to www.missearthsa.co.za.

SIDEBAR

Award winners:

Feature Gardens – Horticultural: Gold with Laurels – The Sunday Tribune; Gold – The Gardener Magazine, Tshwane Municipality, Dunrobin Nurseries and McDonald Stuart Landscapes, Mangaung Municipality, Dowsett and Keough Landscapes; Silver – Roses and Lavender, Midlands Rose Society, Ekurhuleni Municipality, The Royal Agricultural Society of Natal, The Floriate Hall; Bronze – Mbombela Muncipality.

Feature Gardens – Commercial: Silver – Ludwig’s Roses, Telkom SA.

Feature Gardens – Clubs and Societies: Gold with Laurels – Crammond Garden Club; Gold – Pietermaritzburg Bonsai Society, Pot Pourri Garden Club, The Hall of Orchids; Silver – Hilton Garden Club.

Feature Gardens – Schools: Gold – Carrisbrooke Primary School; Silver – West Park School, Umgodi Primary School, St Nicholas Diocesan School, Merchiston Primary School, Entokozweni Special School, Grace College, Bronze – Charlton Primary School.

Plant Sales: Gold with Laurels – Springfield Daylillies; Gold – Rocky Wonder Aloe Nursery, High Birnam Proteas, Nurseri Wilde, Peter’s Gate Herbs, KZN Clivia Club, Tanglewood Nursery, Holiday Cactus, Val-Lea Vista Nursery, Ngoye Irises; Silver – Gaitsway Nursery and Garden Centre, Naturally Colourful Indigenous Plants, Ludwig’s Roses, Jesmond Dene Nursery and Garden Centre; Glenbella Nursery; Bronze – Kathy’s Alstromaeria.

Commercial exhibits – leisure: Gold – Midlands Caravan and Campworld, Illovo Floral Cake Icing Hall; Silver – The Midlands Quilters Guild, Leisure Pools, Subaru Pietermaritzburg, KZN Pork Producers Organisation, Porta Spa; Bronze – Pitts Marine and Industrial, Petz Bedz, Bearly Country, Canovi Chocolates, Wild and Woolly, The Amble.

Commercial exhibits – general: Gold with Laurels – The Studio Garden; Gold – Husqvarna, PMB Power Products, Wizzard Worms, Star Hire, University of KZN, The Gutter Company; Silver – Hides of Africa, Kwik Kerb, McBeans Implements, Umgeni Water, Speedheat, Smart Stone, Taylor Made Furniture, Cherylin Creations, First National Bank, Rechargeable Solid Water, Jettison Timber Products; Bronze – Just Loos, PMB Gutters, Keter, Indigenous Concepts, Berry’s Mowers and Pools, Wakefields Real Estate, Sun Paving, Glass Cuttings, JW Creations.

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