Clanwilliam Wildflower Festival tbc

24/08/2018 - 02/09/2018

Flower Church, Clanwilliam
Clanwilliam, Western Cape,
South Africa

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Esther Steens

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Set against a backdrop of majestic gothic architecture in the historic Clanwilliam church, the Flower Show, which will open on 26th August, and run until 3 September 2016, is the very easiest and most dramatic way to see all the flowers from the region, conveniently collected in one spot for your viewing pleasure.

The intention behind the show design is to allow the user to navigate between the different biomes of the region. The planning starts months in advance, while the site construction usually begins a month before. About four days before the opening the mountain flora and other flowers with a long life are picked and ‘planted’ in the display, while more tender plants are placed in position during the last days.

As soon as plant material gathered by our pickers is delivered at the ‘Blomkerk’, our ‘botanists’ select one or two examples of each for the specimen department, where they are kept in bottles and identified by their botanical, as well as common names. The flowers in the exhibit are placed in water in tin cans which are buried in the sand and camouflaged with moss and sods. Permits have to be obtained from Cape Nature and signed by land-owners before the picking of flora on privately-owned or public property may proceed. All plants and flowers are picked with secateurs to prevent eradication.

Owing to the tremendous differences in topography (Cederberg, Karoo, Sandveld, Wetlands and Coastal area), Clanwilliam is blessed with an exceptional variety of wild flowers. The greater part of the district falls within the world-renowned Fynbos Biome. Certain species in the district are found nowhere else in the world. These include the yellow Leucospermum reflexum (geel Perdekop), Proteaceae cryophila (Snow Protea), blue Lachnaea filamentosa (blou Bergaster), Widdringtonia cedarbergensis (Clanwilliam Cedar tree), Aspalathus linearis (Rooibos), Yellow Sparaxis (Botterblom), pink Cyanella alba (pienk Handjie) and the Proteaceae glabra (Kreupel Waboom). About 400 species from 32 families are exhibited at each show.

Access to the show:

Tickets will be available at the door. Prices for 2016 are R50 for adults, R35 for pensioners and R10 for children.
To Be Confirmed.