Stunning eThekwini entry takes first prize at garden show

2010-09-25 00:00

THE stunning show garden of the parks department of eThekwini Municipality won the award for best on show at this year’s Garden and Leisure Show at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg.

Using an abundance of plants, the garden boasts whimsical features like an Indian teepee and a bridge leading to a playhouse, complete with a tea party.

eThekwini’s garden was one of just three gardens that won gold awards at the show, which has the theme “Dreams and Desires”.

The others were McDonald Stuart Landscapes and Dunrobin Nurseries, and the the Sunday Tribune’s Beatrix Potter-inspired garden designed by Sue Tarr and Chris Hammersley.

Judges also handed trophies to the horticultural team from Ekurhuleni Municipality (Kempton Park) as the most improved exhibitor and Synergy Scapes, which received the prize for best newcomer.

Three exhibitors won coveted Gold with Laurels awards — Midlands Caravan and Campworld in the leisure category; Mile Stone Kitchens in the retail category; and Cramond Garden Club in the clubs and societies section. To win one of these awards, exhibitors have to receive a score of 95% or more.

In the schools category, St Nicholas Diocesan School, Chistlehurst Arts and Academics and Carrisbrooke Primary School won gold awards for their two-metre-by-two-metre mini gardens.

In the new public mini-gardens section (which is open to non-professional gardeners), Lara Edmonds of Just Boutique Events and Gayle and Elaine Reekie of the Societa Dante Alighieri won gold awards and R1 000 each for their first-time efforts.

Besides the beautiful show gardens, visitors attending the Garden and Leisure Show can check out displays of indigenous and exotic plants, gardening equipment and accessories; marvel at the intricate floral art created by cake decorators in the Illovo floral cake icing display; and watch the Ready Steady Plant demonstrators at work.

The Garden and Leisure Show is open from 9 am to 6 pm today and tomorrow. Tickets are R35 for adults and R20 for children under 12 and pensioners.

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