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ORCHID HOUSE SURPRISE (article first published : 2005-11-16)

From the beginning of December, visitors old and new to the Durban Botanic Gardens are invited to visit the Ernest Thorp Orchid House where a delightful surprise awaits them.

“The Ernest Thorp Orchid House has been transformed into a fantastic African Safari,” says Coleen Dewar, Secretary to the Friends of the Botanic Gardens. “Come and see our fantasy forest stocked with life-size animals and insects hiding amongst a magnificent display of orchids.

“Ola Ice Cream was keen to be part of this project knowing that it involved various sectors of our community,” adds Coleen. “Wire artists, Cosmo Mafoti and Max Murwira and their team are responsible for creating these truly amazing beaded works of art. They have captured the essence of the animals which look ready to jump out and say ‘hello’. The combination of setting the wild animals against the backdrop of the lush foliage in the orchid house makes this a unique display which has to be seen to be appreciated.”

Ola is sponsoring a competition with super prizes to be won. Entry forms available inside the Orchid House. Competition winners will be drawn at the Carols by Candlelight Concert on December 14 and all kids will receive a free Ola Paddle Pop ice-cream.

“The display will be open to the public from December 1,” says Coleen. “Make a point of visiting the Gardens which are looking so beautiful at this time of year.”

More information from Coleen on 013 202 5819.




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