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Get out the house, go to a green market

March 31, 2009
Posted in Lifestyle


Pretoria’s botanical garden is a fabulous place to spend a lovely autumn day. There are hundreds of big trees to sit under and picnic and, just outside the entrance gate, there’s a restaurant with an outside balcony that has a great view over a pond and the gardens.

This Saturday morning you have the perfect excuse to visit the gardens because the Green market just happens to be on (April 4). It happens on every first Saturday of the month.

This week’s theme is Reduce.Reuse.Recycle and the organisers are calling on all artists/entrepreneurs to come and sell/exhibit all their creative arts products made from recycled materials. “We need revamped clothes (clothes made new with old clothes etc), scrap metal arts, handmade paper, plastic, tin, glass and electronic waste arts and products … and so much more,” they say.

So if you’re interested in taking part or know of someone who might be interested – you may want to give a speech on recycling or give a creative educational demo, for instance – send an email to Melissa at greenmelilly [at] gmail [dot] com. Or just pack a picnic basket and go and commune with nature for a while.

Green market at Pretoria botanical gardens

February 4, 2009
Posted in Lifestyle

flyerThis Saturday (Feb 7), pack your picnic blankets and head over to the National Botanical Gardens in Pretoria for the Green Market.

There’s live entertainment: Leon Ecroignard from ‘Optelgoed is Dansgoed’ will make music from recyclable trash (which should be interesting) and you can see fun interactive demonstrations of the Nia technique, which is a combination of dancing, martial arts, yoga etc, and much more.

Products on sale range from natural raw foods and drinks, green baby products, natural make-up and skin care, solar products and other energy saving products, worm farms and recycled art.

There’s also a recycling station where you the public can bring your clean recyclable trash. You can bring plastic; polystyrene; dry, clean paper; glass; cans and electronic waste like cellphones, old broken printers, CD’s and any electronic device you want to get rid of.

The market is a way to educate and raise awareness of the importance and the benefits of a greener lifestyle, say the organisers. So they urge people to bring their families and friends together with their picnic blankets and shopping bags for a nice eco-conscious day in the gardens.

If you need more info or if you’re interested in supporting the event or participating, you can contact Melissa at greenmelilly [at] gmail [dot] com