The City of Cape Town City Parks Department’s landscape addresses some of the pressing environmental issues facing Cape Town’s residents currently – that is , food security and water shortages, in the context of landscape design for either large or small gardens this landscape installation shows how these issues can be addressed. The structure for the City Parks stand is an open circle steel pergola which symbolises the ‘circle of life’ – the outer circle will be a vertical food garden showing how people need the environment for their sustenance and livelihood and the inner circle will be a ‘water-wise’ landscape inspired by the West Coast flora and its stunning spring flower display – this shows the abundance of nature and how nature can create and sustain a wondrous array of colour and variety of plants on the very little rainfall that this eco-system receives each year. Thus, the stand shows that a lot can be done in a small space with a sensitive use of resources and a care for the environment. Food security can be gained from the utilisation of small spaces if one uses the vertical element while one can create beautiful gardens with the wise choice of plants and use only minimal amounts of water. If people use resources wisely, they do not need large spaces to harvest food and beauty from nature. The open circle teaches us that people are the link in the ‘circle of life’ and if they manage the bounty that nature provides in a wise manner then nature will repay with sustenance and the beauty of the natural world.
The design has been done by a team of dedicated City Parks’ horticulturists through a process of various skills and design inputs from CAD design, practical experience and horticultural expertise.
Why do you think a flower show is a good idea for Cape Town?
The Cape Town Flower show is an exciting stage on which to showcase the Western Cape’s wonderfully diverse floristic kingdom as well as an exhibition of the diverse flora of the many ecosystems throughout South Africa from arid through to sub-tropical. The Cape Town Flower Show has the potential to become South Africa’s ‘Chelsea‘ and this floral festival will create an appreciation of the botanical importance of many of South Africa’s indigenous plants as well as showcase their aesthetic beauty. Hopefully the show will go from strength to strength and will be a place where the ‘Green Industry’ can meet on an annual basis and exhibit new landscape trends and designs while celebrating South Africa’s rich floral abundance.
‘THE CIRCLES OF LIFE’
The City of Cape Town City Parks Department’s garden addresses some of the pressing environmental issues facing Cape Town’s residents currently – that is , food security and water shortages . The structure for the City Parks stand is an open circle steel pergola which symbolises the ‘circle of life’ – the outer circle is a vertical food garden showing how people can utilize small spaces for their sustenance and livelihood and the inner circle is a ‘water-wise’ landscape inspired by the West Coast flora and it’s stunning spring flower display.