Cape Town – As the Western Cape blooms into its marvelous natural spring beauty, we welcome the Cape Town Flower Show.
The flower show is situated in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, at the newly refurbished Castle of Good Hope, which commemorates its 350th anniversary this year. The show is expected to become a living legacy through which Cape Town can promote its natural beauty.
The show aims to artistically display the brilliant diversity of the Cape’s flora, inspire its visitors to value their outdoor spaces and environment, and provide a platform for the local horticultural industry to promote itself.
Visitors to the show can expect beautiful show gardens in the front courtyard inspired by 20 unique gardens, the ‘Flowers in Art’ exhibition in the governor’s house, the South African mint floral theatre in Bakhuys, the MasterFlorist™ Competition, workshops and demos, nurseries along the Castle’s terraces, an educational Water-Wise exhibition, a foods and drinks garden in the rear courtyard, VIP areas on the balconies, high tea talks in the Lady Anne Barnard room, children’s activities and a retail exhibition.
What you need to know:
When: 27 – 30 October 2016. 10:00 – 21:00 on Thursday to Saturday and 10:00 – 17:00 on Sunday.
Where: Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town
Cost: Purchase general access tickets here for R150 per person. R180 per person at the door. Costs vary for different special events (see below)
Contact: Visit www.capetownflowershow.co.za for more visitor and tour information.
What to expect:
The Cape Town Flower Show will host various special events. In addition to purchasing a general access tickets, Cape Town Flower Show visitors can also opt for a variety of special tickets:
On the balcony overlooking The Show Gardens at the Cape Town Flower Show, visitors will be able to meet and mingle with some of South Africa’s horticulture, gardening, and food celebrities at a series of ‘High Tea Talks’.
Speakers at the High Tea Talks include David Davidson, Justine Drake, Keith Kirsten, Jan Blok, Tanya Visser as well as the Show Garden Landscapers.
Tickets are R500 and are limited. Book through Computicket.
The VIP area at the Cape Town Flower Show is situated on one of the balconies at the Castle overlooking all the magnificent show gardens.
VIP ticket holders will enjoy a glass of bubbly or sparkling water and a gorgeous plate of cucumber and smoked salmon sandwiches, a private VIP cash bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, VIP restrooms as well as general access to the Cape Town Flower Show for that day.
Tickets are R300 each. Book on Computicket
Flowerscape workshop with Jill Manson
Jill Manson is well known for her ‘Fresh Cut’ TV programme and is a ‘floral communication expert’. Her workshop, Flowerscape Workshop with Jill Manson is not to be missed as she’ll share her floral experience and give interesting tips and techniques with flowers. Tickets to Jill Manson’s workshop cost R300 and includes general show access.
Talks and demos
During the Cape Town Flower Show visitors will be given the opportunity to enhance their knowledge through various demonstrations and talks – from how to create beautiful spaces and vertical gardens, to urban farming, permaculture, and water-wise gardening.
The talks and demos programme includes: Looking after Orchids; Introducing Permaculture; Fear Not the Fungi; among many others.
The general demo tickets cost R50 each plus a general access ticket. General access tickets can be bought separately at Computicket.
For the kids
There will be workshops for the little ones too. With only 25 seats available for each workshop, children can attend the fascinating Biomimicry demo on both Saturday and/or Sunday. These are ideal for children aged 8-12. Please note, these exclude general access tickets. Parents who would like to stay are welcome to, as there will be seating at the back. Otherwise, children will be given ID bands in order to identify parents if need be. Book now to avoid disappointment.
For a detailed schedule of all demos, click here.
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