‘Rose show a blooming success’

Kathryn Kimberley

THE weekend’s Addo Rose & Garden Show was a blooming success, with close to 5000 visitors stopping by to smell the roses on Saturday and yesterday.

Organisers said the weekend’s event – in its 29th year – attracted about 1000 more visitors than last year.

The show, started by the Sundays River Women’s Institute almost three decades ago, has since grown in popularity.

“The show attracted bus loads of people from all over the country,” Institute chairwoman Nita Tayler-Smith said.

She said the highlight of this year’s event – themed “A Carnival of Roses” – was the Algoa FM Charity Garden Challenge in which nurseries from Port Elizabeth took part.

Participants were asked to create a garden for their charities of choice.

Bloomingdales Nursery created a garden for the aged, while Gamtoos River Nursery created a garden for the wheelchair bound.

Kouga Urban Harvest’s garden was dedicated to children with disabilities, Acres Wild’s was for people living with autism, and Floradale Nursery created a garden for Retina SA Eastern Cape.

Visitors to the show, held in Addo’s Valentine’s Hall, were asked to vote for their favourites. The winning charity, to be announced today, will receive a cash prize of R10000.

Proceeds go to charity. It is not yet clear how much money was raised.

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