Friday 16 September 2022 to Sunday 18 September 2022
Join us in celebrating the wildflowers of Darling on the third weekend of September. Come and meet the committee and its volunteers, enjoy our meticulously landscaped wildflower display and specimens tables, taste the local produce and experience true “platteland” hospitality.
Photographs taken at !Khwa ttu Nature Reserve, August 2022.
Venue: Darling Museum, 22 Pastorie Road, Darling
Tickets: R90 per individual / children under 12years of age are free. R60 for pensioners on Friday 16 September only. Online tickets from Quicket available here
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Growers and sellers of indigenous, water-wise plants can contact Nicolaas Maritz at email@example.com or 078 419 7093 for a stall at the Plant Fair.
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.