Amanzimtoti tourism team launches verge contest

LOCALS are reminded to get their green fingers moving and create a masterpiece of their garden verge for the business and residential verge competition hosted by Sapphire Coast Tourism in partnership with Illovo Nursery.

Creators of the top verges stand to win prizes sponsored by the Illovo Nursery.

The competition began on Friday, 15 September and runs for two months until 15 November. All Sapphire Coast residents are urged to enter. The Sapphire Coast stretches from the eZimbokodweni River north of Athlone Park, Amanzimtoti down the coast to the Mahlongwa River just south of Crocworld, Clansthal and inland up to Umbumbulu.



All entrants must understand that by submitting their photo entries, these photos become the property of the Sun and Sapphire Coast Tourism. Another condition of the competition is that the winning entrant agrees to host a branded noticeboard which will be placed on their verge for a minimum of three months, stating their achievement.

Photos of the entered verges are to be emailed to which will be displayed on the Sun’s Facebook page. A panel of judges consisting of members from various environmentally-conscious groups in the community will be assembled to visit the entered verge and score it.

A winner will be chosen, and other spot prizes will be awarded. The finalists will be hosted by the Illovo Nursery for a breakfast at the Terrace Tea Garden, whereafter prizes sponsored by the nursery will be awarded.

Organisers urge contestants to utilise indigenous plants and waterwise gardening methods. For more information and advice on either, contact the Illovo Nursery on 031-916-2491 or 031-916-1849 or at

All entrants must supply their name, address and a contact number with the entry of their photograph emailed to For more information call the Sun on 031-903-2341.


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