Where the Wild Flowers Are

hermanusNothing mirrors the promise of spring like Mother Nature’s own floral explosion as the Cape’s wild flowers burst into colour each spring.

In the Overberg Region, highway verges, road islands and green parks show off their own seasonal signals with arum lilies, disas and daisies.

From a day out to a weekend trip or extended stay; the Whale Coast and her surrounding flower-gazing fields are the perfect place to spend time in nature this August and September.

With such a limited window of opportunity it’s best to go sooner rather than later, before the rolling hills of colour disappear ahead of summer.

The Cape Floral Kingdom Expo 2014 takes place from 28 to 31 August at the Mega Park in Bredasdorp with a display of endangered wildlife flowers under 10 000m of cover. There will be workshops and seminars, and tickets are available via Computicket at R 100 each.

http://online.computicket.com/web/event/cape_floral_kingdom_expo_2014/798280446

Head to The Hermanus Botanical Society Flower Festival 2014 from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 September at the Fernkloof Nature Reserve and you might spot some whales along the way too. Entrance per adult is R 20 and children under twelve go free. The theme for this year will be Plant Explorers, Then and Now. See hundreds of local flowers with some flower bunches and plants available for purchase. Craft, food stalls and kid-friendly activities will have you staying longer.

http://www.hermanus-festivals.com/flower-festival.html

Harold Porter National Botanical Garden, in the coastal fynbos region of Betty’s Bay, is renowned for its waterfalls and amber pools. Visit now to see the garden at its lush and blooming best. http://www.sanbi.org/node/4925

Source: IOL Travel

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