Spring Festivals and Flower Shows
Spring is round the corner, even though it might not feel like it is, and in celebration of Spring it’s a good time to let you know about some of the Spring Festivals and flower shows happening in South Africa in the coming weeks …
The Fouriesburg Spring Fair takes from on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 September 2009, in Fouriesburg (near Clarens) in the Free State. There will be cherry blossom orchard tours, organic farm tours, demonstrations on eco farming, art exhibitions and walks to San paintings. There is so much happening at this fair with food stalls and jumble sales and of course lots of fresh produce available to purchase.
Your children will be entertained with pony rides and other fun activities. Entrance is free, however you will need to book tickets for the country and folk music evening on Friday.
Contact the Fouriesburg Information Centre for more information +27 (0)58 223-0429 or +27 (0)79 897-1669.
Magoebaskloof in Limpopo holds their annual Magoebaskloof Spring Festival from Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 September 2009. You will be able to visit a number of the local gardens that are on show and browse through one of the markets that are held.
A festival highlight is the orchid exhibition with a selection of these beautiful flowers on sale. The Cheerio Gardens are well known for their azaleas and cherry blossoms. The ‘Most Romantic Garden of the Decade’ as decided by a leading South African décor magazine is the formal English garden, Kings Walden, in Agatha which is near Tzaneen.
For more information telephone +27 (0)15 276-4880 / +27 (0)15 276-4828.
The Yellow Arum Lily Festival in Roossenekal, Mpumalanga takes place from Friday to Sunday (27-29 September 2009). Roossenekal is not widely known to most South African’s however it is home to the Yellow Arum Lily (Zantedeschia pentlandia).
This stunning species is yellow with a black-purple inside bottom is a protected species and is on the endangered Red Data list. You are NOT allowed to pick these flowers or dig them up. The festival will give you the opportunity to purchase the Yellow Arum Lily from registered propagators who propagate them from seeds or from the small bulbs forming naturally from the big bulbs.
For more information you can contact Christine Ackerman on +27 (0)13 273-7123 or +27 (0)82 550-6896.
The Sunday Tribune Garden and Leisure Show in Pietermaritzburg is on the weekend of 25-27 September 2009. Here you will find exhibition space both under cover and open air of approximately 16 000 square metres.
There are demonstrations and talks in the Floral Art division and the Bonsai Society will showcase some of their finest bonsai’s. There will be a large number of plants and flowers for sale as well as specialised plant material.
For more information you can telephone +27 (0)33 345-6274.
The Hogsback Spring Festival in the Eastern Cape runs for over a month from 24 September to 31 October 2009. The Hogsback Garden Club invites you to come and visit the beautiful local gardens with wide varieties of exotic plants.
Take a guided tour of 2 gardens in the morning or you can tour the gardens at your leisure without a guide. From Friday 25 to Sunday 27 September you are able to purchase plants, take part in fun activities and browse through the arts and crafts and food stalls.
For more information you can contact Lynn Johnston on +27 (0)45 962-1192.
The Clanwilliam Wild Flower Show in the Western Cape takes place from Friday 28 August to Wednesday 2 September 2009. This standing tradition since 1972 with all flower fanatics is a must as it showcases the beauty and variety of the flora rich Clanwilliam district and Ramskop Nature Reserve. Throughout the show there are fun filled family activities as well as various musical performances. The show is open daily from 08h00 to 19h00, for more information you can contact Clanwilliam Tourism on +27 (0)27 482-2024.
Are you interested in seeing more than 200 species of Fynbos from the renosterveld, sandveld, rietveld and wetland areas of the Hopefield district? If so then make your way to the Hopefield Fynbos Show from Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 August 2009. Telephone +27 (0)22 783-0856 for more information.
These events should get you into the mood for Spring and brighten those cold and dark Winter days. Can’t you feel it getting warmer already?
If you are planning a visit to any of South Africa’s provinces in the near future you might want to check what annual events and festivals will be on during your visit. To see what’s on visit South Africa Events & Festivals (includes an Event Search and Events by Province).