Garden Day at La Rochelle

Michelle Nel and Bronwyn Matthews with their flower crowns.

In the lead up to Garden Day at the end of October, pupils from La Rochelle Girls’ High School gave of their time and volunteered to create flower crowns to distribute to community garden celebrations.

The money raised was then donated to the Giant Flag project, which is the creation of a giant flag made up of millions of coloured desert cacti and succulents, incorporating a four-megawatt solar field.

The Giant Flag will be situated on previously barren land in the Camdeboo, Eastern Cape region of South Africa.

It will be viewable from space and the size of 66 soccer fields, and is a new model of economic stimulus for previously disadvantaged communities, and a celebration of the spirit of South Africa and its people. This all ties up with what Garden Day is about.

Now in its third year, Garden Day sprouted as an idea from a group of enthusiastic gardeners who wanted to start a movement to unite South Africans by creating a day where everyone can enjoy and celebrate their gardens together.

The call to action for Garden Day is down tools, wear a flower crown, branch out and connect with family, friends and neighbours.