Hermanus Botanical Society…
…will be celebrating everything that the fynbos has to offer at the annual Flower Festival from Saturday 21st to Tuesday 24th September. The theme of “Fynbos 4 U” offers the opportunity to show how many ways the fynbos brings a sense of wonder, pleasure and enjoyment to each of us in our own very personal way. For some it is the chance to walk in nature, to discover the abundant plant life and the creatures that live in it and to learn from the experience. For others it is the products that are derived from fynbos, be these decorative, medicinal, cosmetic, food or beverage.
There will be something to meet everyone’s interests at this years’ festival. The Flower Festival is held in the gardens of Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Fir Avenue, Hermanus and will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Saturday to Monday and from 9 am to 2 pm on Tuesday.
The signature display of fynbos arrangements in the Hall this year…
…will have input from Leon Kluge, designer and gold medal award winner of the SA entry to the Chelsea Flower Show! Watch out for more announcements about this exciting contribution! The comprehensive display of named fynbos specimens in bloom in Spring is always an attraction for Festival visitors for whom knowing more about the treasures of Fernkloof Nature Reserve is a special focus. The addition of QR codes for a select number of the iconic specimens, will add a new dimension of interest this year.
There will once again be interesting talks and demonstrations.
From painting with aloe sap to sustainable harvesting, cultivating your own gardens, natural health remedies and more. Look out for the workshops in Speakers Corner in the amphitheatre and many interesting talks. Amongst many others, Leon Kluge will talk about how the Chelsea Flower Show exhibit is prepared and his award winning design at the Singapore Garden Festival. Gin made from fynbos is all the rage. You will be able to taste some of the most popular brands and enjoy an authentic gin cocktail.
The Hermanus Botanical Society stand will offer a range of interesting products for sale, from books to unique decorative and personal clothing items. Shoppers can browse amongst other stalls offering interesting environmentally themed products for sale. Don’t forget to drop into the Fernkloof Indigenous Nursery to pick up plants at discounted prices and don’t leave without an entry to the Raffle with a chance to win some amazing prizes!
A Children’s Craft Corner will entertain our young visitors with things to create and take home.
Get up close and personal to owls and raptors with the Eagle Encounters display from Spier and see local snake experts from Hermanus, Hugo and Corné Uys demonstrate their snake-catching skills.
Enjoy delicious home-baked treats and light lunches at the Fynbos Café and relax with a glass of local wine or craft beer. Finger foods will be available for those who prefer to snack on the move.
Hermanus Botanical Society is working towards registering the gardens of Fernkloof Nature Reserve as a recognised Botanical Garden. The funds raised through the 2019 Flower Festival will go towards maintaining and developing the gardens to achieve this. A Botanical Garden will be an added attraction for Fernkloof Nature Reserve which is so valued and enjoyed by local, national and international visitors alike. We are looking forward to welcoming all our visitors to enjoy our natural heritage over the Heritage Day holiday weekend.
- Adults: R25
- Children Under 12 or in School Uniform: FREE
- Senior Citizens on Monday, 23 September: R10
Tickets can be booked on quicket: https://qkt.io/1XfHIx or can be purchased at the gate on entry.