PICS: The ultimate guide to spring flower season as the West Coast bursts into colour
After much complaining about the cold and grey weather, it's safe to say that a little bit of colour would be appreciated.
Every year the West Coast displays lush blankets of wildflowers, arguably the greatest flower showcase. The flower season runs from August to September and you can be on the front row as the Cape Region unfolds its beautiful landscape. Here is a round-up of the best flower festivals and hotspots.
Hermanus Botanical Society will be celebrating everything that the fynbos has to offer at the annual Flower Festival. The theme "Fynbos 4U" will display an arrangement of flowers from more than a 100 species.
Bunches of cut flowers will be on sale and indigenous fynbos garden plants can be purchased at discount prices. Relax with a glass of wine, home-baked treats, light lunches or finger food on the move.
When: 21 September - 24 September 2019
Where: Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Fir Avenue, Hermanus
Cost: Adults: R25 / Children under 12 or in school uniform: Free / Senior citizens: R10. Buy your tickets here.
This festival leaves the historical town transformed into a flower wonderland. The show focuses on the importance of the conservation of fynbos and every year the community of Hopefield is involved in creating the plant displays, collecting the flowers and acting as hall guides. It’s a community-based festival where you’ll feel like you’re part of something bigger.
Apart from the stunning display of flowers, you can also expect coffee and food stalls.
When: 29 August - 1 September 2019
Where: Hopefield Sports Club, Hopefield, West Coast
Cost: Adults: R45 / Seniors: R30 / Children: R20
The show will be celebrating 101 years with the theme "Conservation and the next generation". The display will focus on the Wildflower Society’s development since its inception.
With more than a hundred food and craft stalls, everyone’s taste buds and shopping needs will be catered for - including kids! They will have a weekend of fun in the play area with entertainment ranging from face-painting to rides, while adults can relax in the Mini Wine Route & Beer Tent.
When: 20 - 22 September 2019
Where: Darling Golfclub, Darling
Cost: Adults: R70 / Children 7- 18 years: R50 / Children 0- 6 years: Free / Pensioners: R50. Purchase your tickets right here.
The legendary, family-friendly Namaqua Flower Festival is filled with adventure from flowers to camping, dancing under the stars, culture, education, bush walks, prize giving and open mic! Why wouldn't you want to be there?
When: 6 - 8 September 2019
Where: Gifberg, Vanrhynsdorp
Cost: R750- R1,900. Ticket options vary, find them here.
Now in its 15th year, the annual Bedford Garden Festival is an Eastern Cape midlands lifestyle experience that has visitors returning again and again for a dose of down-to-earth fun.
Ten farm gardens are open for the public's viewing and if you need a quick break from exploring plant nurseries, flower displays and the local market you are welcome to picnic at the Belmont and Albertvale farms.
When: 18- 20 October 2019
Where: Bedford, Eastern Cape
Other Cape Town flower hotspots
The iconic Table Mountain is the backdrop to the Botanical Garden, the makings of a beautiful landscape. To experience the garden in all its glory book a tour and be guided through some of the hidden and precious routes in the garden.
West Coast National Park is THE prime flower viewing location. Different patterns and colours pop up as the weeks go by, so you are bound to see something different. Many people flock to see the buds so you should get there early to avoid long queues.
What lies at the southernmost tip of Africa is Agulhas National Park. It might be the smallest, but it is the richest of the six plant kingdoms of the world with over 2 000 species of flora adorning the park.