16 to 18 September at the Darling Museum
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History of the Darling Wildflower Show
The Darling Wildflower Show has taken place on the third weekend in September and is a one-stop flower viewing opportunity, with the added bonus of a colorful outside market, activities and attractions. The event takes place a mere stone’s through away from Cape Town and attracts thousands of visitors each year.
The landscaped wildflower exhibition is the foundation of the show and represents a condensed journey through the various natural habitats that occur in the Darling region namely endangered Renosterveld (low-lying inland & granite koppies), Sandveld (low-lying inland fynbos moving towards the coast) Strandveld (low-lying coastal fynbos) and Vlei and Wetland areas. Another show tradition is the specimen table. Here a season display of flowering specimens and other interesting plants can be viewed up close, each accompanied with its local and botanical name.
The displays are built solely by members and volunteers and every wildflower is meticulously placed to create a true representation. Permission must be obtained from local farmers and landowners to collect specimens on their property together with a picking permit from CapeNature. When picking volunteers adhered to strict rules and collect only a few specimens from each population, leaving the rest to produce seeds for the following years.