The Cape Town Flower Show will be taking place this weekend, from Thursday to Sunday, October 27 to 30, at the newly refurbished Castle of Good Hope, which is commemorating its 350th anniversary this year.
The event promises plenty of activities for children and grownups.
The kids’ area, hosted by Weekend Argus and Jellybean Journal, will feature plenty of entertainment for “Beans”, including the mascots Jelly and Bean.
Activities will include: face painting, a sand pit, balloon sculpting, a photo booth with a photographer, spot prizes, a colouring-in competition and more.
Moms and dads and other grownups can enjoy 20 show gardens, designed by well-known and award winning local landscapers. There will also be a series of talks and demonstrations and a cut flower exhibition. A food and drinks garden will feature ideas for outdoor decor and herb and vegetable gardens.
In addition to purchasing a general access tickets, Cape Town Flower Show visitors can also opt for a variety of special tickets:
High Tea Talks
In the Lady Anne Barnard room, with its windows that open up over the show gardens, 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’ sponsored by House and Garden.
Speakers confirmed for 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 at Computicket.
The VIP area at the Cape Town Flower Show is situated on one of the balconies at the Castle overlooking all of the show gardens. VIP ticket holders will enjoy a glass of bubbly or sparkling water and a plate of cucumber and smoked salmon sandwiches in the VIP balcony and lounge area, 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, including entry; and R150 each, excluding entry. Book at 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 will 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, sponsored by the Weekend Argus – 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.
Workshops for the little ones
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.
For a detailed schedule visit www.capetownflowershow.co.za.
The show runs from 10am to 9pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the last show on Sunday starting at 10am until 5pm. Tickets are available at Computicket at R150 for adults and R70 for children between the ages of 10 and 17; children under 10 enter free. The price at the door is R180 for adults and R90 for children between the ages of 10 and 17.