Cape Green Times #83
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So Summer is upon us and another year is almost over! It has been a challenging year for many and it looks like 2016 will bring with it a new set of challenges. Apparently the City of Cape Town will be imposing level 2 water restriction from 1 January in an effort to reduce water usage by 20%. This means that watering of gardens will be restricted to before 6am and after 6 pm, all hoses should have a shut off nozzle and tariffs may increase among other things. The CoCT has been proactive and has lots of information on their webpage, go to for more info.
The Cape Green Trade Day is once again on the move! For February 2016 our exciting new venue is just around the corner from the Grand Arena, in the Sun Exhibits exhibition hall. Please see below for more info.
We are planning a day tour to the Paarl region on 23 March 2016. We'll see waste being turned to compost at Reliance, lunch under the tree, onto Just Trees for a guided tour and then hopefully an interesting nursery or garden on the way back....any suggestions?
Cape Green Forum membership falls due at the beginning of the year. Membership for 2016 is R550 for individuals and R1970 for companies per year, a worthwhile investment that keeps you abreast and involved with industry happenings in the Cape.
Our best wishes go to 2 of our members - Elize Potgieter of Just Trees and Amanda Pretorius of Nonke, you are both in our thoughts.
Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and happy holidays. Look forward to seeing you all in 2016, re-energized and ready for another year.
Di Irish

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We have a new amazing venue - Sun Exhibits at GrandWest. It's HUGE! Over 3000m2, very central and offers easy parking and offloading. The visitors enter directly from the car park over a little moat. Due to availability, our date is a little earlier than usual, so please think of booking your exhibition space before the New Year. Paid up members have 1st choice and also receive a 25% discount.
If you do business with the horticultural industry in the Cape, make sure you're there. It's the place to show your product or service. To download info about exhibiting click here
Please diarise Wednesday 24 February for the great Summer Cape Green Trade Day.
The Cape Green Forum recently enjoyed a 3-day tour of the Bedford Garden Festival gardens in the Eastern Cape. Sixteen excited travelers flew to Port Elizabeth where they picked up 2 mini buses and drove to Bedford via....see more
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Malanseuns 15-Dec 04-Jan
Master Organics 24-Dec 04-Jan
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Probio 18-Dec 11-Jan
Shadowlands Nursery 23-Dec 04-Jan
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“The fact that technology has gotten so overwhelming and so 24/7 has really created a great part of the need for these comforting, softer colors. Technology plays a huge part in people feeling like they want to stop the world and get off,” she said. “At the same time, we can’t deny that global doors are opening — as in Cuba and other south-of-the-border places.” ...... see more


Members of the industry and guests were treated at the launch of the Cape Town Flower Show on Thursday 26 November at the Castle in Cape Town. It was great to visit the Castle as many of us hadn’t been there since school days. They are in the process of refurbishing this beautiful historical building; the renovations will be complete in time for ....see more

Cape Times 20 November 2015.
Cape Town - The city council will announce water restrictions for Cape Town next month. Mayoral committee member for utility services Ernest Sonnenberg said on Thursday officials from the city and the Department of Water .... see more
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