East London’s beautiful gardens on show

Charities in East London are once again to benefit from an initiative by Pam Golding Properties.

Some of the most beautiful gardens in East London are once again on display this weekend 22 and 23 September 2012. Having raised more than R60 000 in last year’s Gardens of East London competition, hopes are high that the East London public will once again support the worthwhile local charities by viewing the gardens.  

Says Hanlie Bassingthwaighte, Pam Golding Properties area principal in East London: “This coming weekend, from 10 am till 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday, 15 of the most beautiful gardens are on display to the public. Each garden is ‘attached’ to a charity and these include: Child Welfare, Meals on Wheels, Petpals, SPCA, Greansleaves, Reach for a Dream, Salem Baby Centre, Breath of Life, CANSA, Hospice, Women’s Prison and Uthixo Ulungile. The way it works is that over the weekend, each garden is manned by its relevant, associated charity and those visiting the garden are encouraged to make a donation in lieu of an entry fee,” she says.
“The most exciting aspect to this year’s competition is that we have 14 entries from township gardens, which are all judged on their food gardens. This year an incentive of the Buffalo Child Care and Development Association was to utilise the Pam Golding Properties Garden competition to teach crèche owners how to cultivate a vegetable garden in order to help provide food resources."  Earlier in the year PGP purchased a garden fork for each of the 100 crèches in the local community, while seedlings were donated by Lone Oak Seedlings. During the year local garden enthusiast and a former winner in the garden competition, Irene Erasmus, taught the crèche owners gardening skills.

Adds Bassingthwaighte: “Being involved in the property industry, we know it’s a fact that an attractive and well-cared for garden can not only provide a relaxing and tranquil haven for a family, it can also enhance the value of a property. And when the time comes to sell the property, it creates a favourable impression for buyers. While we initiated and sponsored the Gardens of East London competition mainly in order to inspire homeowners to create beautiful gardens, as well as to promote water-wise gardening through the use of indigenous plants, we are delighted that this is also helping boost support for charities in our local community.

“This weekend provides an ideal opportunity to gain inspiration and ideas for your own garden or simply enjoy visiting and viewing these beautiful gardens – while at the same time helping local charities.”

A full glossy brochure and maps will be available on Friday (September 21, 2012) from the Pam Golding Properties offices in East London and from any of the show gardens - which will easily be found from pointer boards.

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