Fair fun at Bot Gardens

2016-03-16 06:00
PHOTO: Allen Gcina Nene Noxolo Chonco, Bot Gardens staffer in the beautiful gardens.

PHOTO: Allen Gcina Nene Noxolo Chonco, Bot Gardens staffer in the beautiful gardens.

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THE first annual Green Lifestyle and Plant Fair will be hosted by the KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden from 11 to 13 March from 9am to 5pm.

“As an organisation that contributes to the green industry we felt it is our responsibility to come up with such an event that will educate and create awareness for the public and expose ideas of implementing lifestyle changes that could reduce the negative impact on the planet,” said Siphuxolo Ngqasa, garden marketing and communication officer.

The fair aims to promote sustainability in the KZN Midlands, educate and create awareness for the public and pupils and expose ideas of lifestyle changes that could help with environmental issues society is currently faced with. The green lifestyle event will provide a platform for local services producers to promote and sell their products.

Over the three days there will be tree-route tours where garden interpretation officer, Mbuso Zondi, and eco-tourism students from Durban University of Technology will take the public along the garden explaining the different trees and their role in the environment.

The tour will take place in intervals - the morning, midday and afternoon. The event accommodates everyone including children, and parents are urged to bring their children as we will have a section for them. A farmers market will take place on the Saturday as usual.

The event will be inside the garden with most stalls in the Halleria Spot in the heart of the garden a few metres from the Plane Tree Avenue. Some stalls will be at the entrance of the garden. Directional signs will be available at the entrance and throughout the garden and helpers will be visible for assistance.

Stalls include schools and environmental clubs that have contributed to sustainability. Some of the stalls are Noma Craft, Kishmish, Farmyard Organics, Cycad Society, Indigenous Nursery, Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental affairs, KZN Wildlife, Wildlands Conservation Trust, Herbal life, Eco-taps and Ponies for Parties for children, and much more.

Vendor space is limited to businesses and individuals offering products and services that are consistent with the theme and spirit of the event. Small businesses who wish to take part and have a stand must visit the SANBI website at www.sanbi.org for contact details. Stand prices range from R250 to R1 000. Entrance is free during the course of the event.

SMALL BUSINESSES WHO WISH TO TAKE PART AND HAVE A STAND MUST VISIT THE SANBI WEBSITE
AT WWW.SANBI.ORG FOR
CONTACT DETAILS. STAND
PRICES RANGE FROM R250
TO R1 000. ENTRANCE IS FREE DURING THE COURSE OF THE EVENT

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