The East Coast Radio House and Garden Show has been an annual event on Durban’s calendar for as long as I can remember and 2012’s show blends its long heritage with new ideas to ensure that there is something for everyone.
As the name suggests, the House and Garden show revolves around products for your home and garden and there are over 300 exhibitors displaying their wares. In addition to the house and garden sections, there are areas dedicated to food, the outdoor life, including caravans and camping gear, and the popular Home Grown Fair.
This year’s theme is inspired living and the organisers and exhibitors have tried hard to provide the promised inspiration. One of the best things about the show is the fact that they have kept it spacious. Many of the stands are large and open, allowing you to get in and touch, test and taste the products. Each area is clearly demarcated and it is very easy to navigate around the show.
My favourite area was the Home Grown Fair, which aims to showcase local creative talent and fans of the I heart market will recognise some familiar faces as well as make some new discoveries. I loved the Malva Co-Op stand which features the art of Terry Angelos, the discoveries of Malva’s Lauren Wallett and the driftwood sculptures of The Shack. Also exhibiting here is iKhaya’s Rhenda Allen who is collaborating with Kim Longhurst in a project called ‘Frozen Charlotte’. Genevieve Motley’s jewellery, Tasha’s Fantastic Fudge, Mooi and Design meets Life’s gorgeous kiddies products are all exhibiting here, too.
Adjacent to the Home Grown Fair is the popular Food Market which is full of fresh local produce to tempt you. Local restaurants are also well-represented at the show and it would be a good idea to incorporate a meal into your visit to take advantage of the epicurean delights available.
The Gardener Pavilion is also a very worthwhile stop. I loved the fact that you can buy just about all the plants on exhibit straight off the stands as well as pick the brains of several experts including DSTV’s Tanya Visser.
The East Coast Radio House and Garden Show is a lovely outing for young and old. Entrance fees are R60 for adults, R45 for seniors and children under 16 enter for free. For more information visit housegardenshow.co.za
Text and images: Candice Botha