Did you know that Fynbos has 1200 types of flowering plants? It’s not just vygies that bring colour to the landscape, there are lots of little flower festivals bustling to show you their blooms, and if you’re lucky, the veldt flowers will also make an appearance.
Clanwilliam Wild Flower Show (26 August -31 August 2011): This is the first flower festival along the West Coast, with concerts, art, food stalls and a street carnival. Open from 8am-7pm. Entry R25 adults, R5 children. Today’s the last day!
Cape Horticultural Society Flower & Garden Show (3-4 Sept): The best private amateur gardeners display a variety of plants to show you what can be grown in ordinary Cape gardens. Held at the Alphen Centre, Constantia. Wheelchair friendly. Entry R10.
Darling Wild Flower Show (16-18 Sept): The main hall of this flower show – now in its 94th year – is filled with fragile and rare plants, as well as some more common but still glorious species. And there’s a unique display of lichens compiled by Dr Pixie Littlewort. What a splendid name for a botanist! Entry R25, children R15, under 12s free.
Hermanus Flower and Eco Fair (22-25 Sept): This laid-back family affair is at Fernkloof Nature Reserve, where picnics on the lawn and tea in the gardens are the order of the day and kids are treated to a variety of entertainment.
Vanrhynsdorp: This isn’t a flower show, but a rather unique nursery worth a look if you are going up the West Coast. Kokerboom Nursery specialises in the stark sculptural beauty of over 500 indigenous succulents and its namesake, quiver trees, at great prices.
Which will you be attending?