2022 Darling Wildflower Show & Plant Fair

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 bignick0987@gmail.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.

9 Replies to “2022 Darling Wildflower Show & Plant Fair”

  1. I would like to know the program for the Darling Wildflower Show & walks for 2022.
    Last visit to the Wildflower Show was in 2019 on a tour from Australia to South Africa.
    We will be visiting again this year in August with a tour of the Garden Route planned.
    We would like to visit the Wildflower Show after our 12 day tour finishes.
    We would be based in Cape Town.
    We are both members of a Australian Plant Society in Victoria, Australia.
    Robert Coombs
    & Darryl Shelton.

  2. Hi, Joseph
    Yes there will be a show this year on Friday 16 to Sunday 18 September 2022.
    More details will be posted on our Facebook page as well as on the website as soon as it becomes available.

    Best regards

  3. Hi Robert & Darryl

    Thank you for your enquiry.

    The wildflower show will take place on Friday 16 to Sunday 18 September 2022.
    Wildflower walks will begin in August and will last as long as the spring flowers do. At present we do not have program however more information will be shared on our website and social media as soon as it becomes available.

    We look forward to seeing you there.

  4. Saw show last 30 yrs ago and can come this year. can one see the orchids too? When is the show in Clanwilliam?

  5. Hi I’m interested in the festival that’s going to take place and can u send me a stall application form please .

  6. Good day Godfroi, thank you for your enquiry. For an application to have a plant stall at the Darling Wildflower Show and Plant fair please contact Nicolaas Martiz at the details provided on the flyer.

  7. Good day Rita, The orchids and wildflower shows are independent from one another and we are not aware of their plans for 2022 as yet. The Orchid Nursery can be visited on the first Saturday of the month during May to October and there is usually an open day over the same weekend as the wildflower show. The Clanwilliam Wildflower Show will to take place from 29 August to 04 September 2022.

  8. The Wildflower Show and Plant Fair will take place on Friday 16 to Sunday 18 September 2022.
    Please contact the Darling Wildflower Society directly at info@darlingwildflowers.co.za regarding wildflower walks
    We look forward to welcoming you back

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