Gardens for a good cause

GREEN GRASS: One of the gardens on show at the annual Gardens of East London show in 2017. This one was at Summerpride Picture: FILE

The 8th annual Pam Golding Garden Show will take place this weekend in a bid to raise funds for East London charities.

The Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) is one of the many beneficiaries in this year’s installment. East London branch divisional manager Michelle Goddard said they were grateful for this initiative.

“We thank the gardeners for letting us into their space and this is also a nice opportunity for us to showcase,” Goddard said.

Cansa will be located at the Vineyard Guest Lodge in Chintsa East.

Pam Golding office manger Amanda Heritage said sales made from tickets all go to the various charities.

“Last year’s edition was absolutely fabulous and a lot of funds were raised. This year there are about 4,000 tickets on sale and also several new gardens on show,” Heritage said.

A total of 24 gardens spread throughout the city will be on show for avid supporters and garden lovers.

“There will be a map available of where all the gardens are located. Some will have tea gardens available for attendees,” Heritage said.

The show takes place on Saturday and Sunday, with gardens open from 10am to 5pm. At R50, attendees will have access to all gardens over the weekend with children under 12 granted free entrance.

Charities include Salem Baby Care Centre, Cansa, Greensleeves, Sophumelela Centre, The Carel du Toit Centre, SPCA, Breath of Life, Guardians of Hope and Pet Pals. A grand total of 21 charities stand to grow from this community initiative.

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