Blooming great fun at the Cape Town Flower Show

I recently attended the very first Cape Town Flower Show, held 27 – 30 October in the grounds of the Castle of Good Hope.

First off – what an experience to be able to walk through the grounds where history was made. (Okay, some good and some bad, but we’re not going to go into all of that!). One thing’s for sure – the show was blessed with what only Cape Town can offer in terms of glorious summer sunshine.

There was much to see at the show, but this is what caught my eye:

What a cool idea – a mobile greenhouse, created by Kate Mason and based on the historical Greenhouse at Montebello in Newlands, where their nursery is located. The greenhouse was kitted out with everything that a great gardener needs. I loved the birdfeeders dotted in and around the garden, the grove of trees, and the cleverly constructed water feature. There were so many take-home ideas in this garden – I’m sure you’ll be inspired.

Cape Contours created a stylish, modern garden with the funkiest chairs! I love their use of slate. Remember how ‘last-year’ slate used to be? But look at how cleverly it has been used here – placing the pieces vertically on their narrowest edges changes the entire look!

For a bit of fun, Jan Blok from Boschendal wine farm took the use of scale and proportion to the max. The facade of the estate’s main building in miniature form with the large olive trees really worked well. What did I dig? The edging used in the veggie garden – simple, affordable, and practical.

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