The grounds of the Castle of Good Hope are due to be utterly transformed this weekend by the inaugural Cape Town Flower Show. Set to become the greatest of its kind in South Africa, the show is a stunning celebration of Cape Town’s highly unique and diverse flora, and includes workshops, high tea and kids’ activities.
Here are some crucial nuggets to help you make the most of it:
- Gardening with Babylonstoren is a new, free app that makes things a little easier for you to identify the various plants and flowers with the help of the app. You can even favourite plants so that you can remember them when you get home.
- On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday there is reserved parking at R30/car available in the Grand Parade, with the entrance opposite the Castle. First-come-first-serve, so try and get there early.
- There will be lots of walking and some of it will be on gravel, so wear comfortable shoes.
- This is a cashless event so just bring your credit/debits cards; special Event Currency will also be available for purchase on entry.
- The show can be viewed until 9pm each evening, so bring something warm if you’re planning to stay late. The weather is forecast to dip as low as 15°C in the evenings.
- If you plan to Uber, don’t miss out on the promo code for new Uber sign-ups: 2016CTFS for R100 off your first trip.
- Special tickets (VIP, High Tea, Workshops, Kids etc) are available as a package with the entrance ticket.
- Bookings for workshops and demonstrations will be available on the day at the event.
- Try and book ahead instead of buying at the door; you’ll save R30.
- A dedicated Food & Drink garden will offer an array of refreshments, many of them from artisanal producers.
The Cape Town Flower Show runs at the Castle of Good Hope 27 to 30 October 2016.