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Landscape exhibitions at the Clanwilliam Wildflower Show ready

This year’s Clanwilliam Wildflower Show promises an extraordinary experience for all ages. The Flower Church in Clanwilliam, where this unique show will take place, is already being transformed with the most beautiful landscapes and flower exhibitions. More than 350 different plant species will be exhibited in this church from Friday, 24 August to Sunday, 2 September.

Alida Stone, chairman of the show says: “I cannot wait for the visitors to witness the amazing exhibitions. We believe that our hard work will be worth while in the end when all comes together for a wonderful extravaganza. Volunteers start work early on the chilly mornings and work very hard on the exhibitions.”

“The work done in the church is breathtaking. We simply cannot wait to show the public the abundance of wildflowers,” says one of the volunteers helping to build the Clanwilliam Wildflower Show.

While the construction of the exhibitions are taking place, the area in and around the Flower Church is a hive of activities. The volunteers are doing prep work by arranging flowers such as beautiful purple violets in recycled tins that will form part of the exhibitions. In the corner of the Flower Church a huge waboom is planted in the landscape exhibition. The Flower Church has also received a fresh coat of paint.

The landscape exhibition in the Flower Church opens at 18:00 on 23 August. The doors are open from Friday 24 August to Sunday 2 September. The volunteers who pick the flowers have special permits that allow them to pick the plants and flowers. “The Clanwilliam Wildflower Association aims to cultivate awareness and responsibility towards the indigenous flora of this region,” says Alida.

According to Daleen Schoombee, who is working in the species room of the show, there are lots of wildflowers this year that she has rarely seen before, like the yellow bobbejaantjie and also the purple bokhorinkie is smaller than bokhorinkies of the previous years. The reason for this phenomenon is due to the unique rainfall pattern we have experienced over the last years.
Sue Bergh, one of the designers and creators of the Wildflower Show, explained that although there was enough rain to provide a beautiful spectacle of wildflowers, it still seems that some plants and flowers were getting too little rain. The flowers, however, do their best to flourish for all they are worth to ensure their species survive.

The entire community of Clanwilliam is invited to the official opening of Clanwilliam Wildflower Show at 18:00 on 23 August. Flower viewers can have a quick free peek at the exhibitions for half an hour after the official opening.

After the official opening of Clanwilliam Wildflower Show, a food and wine pairing will take place at Reinholds Restaurant from 19:00. The event will be held in collaboration with Cederberg Wines, while two famous local restaurants, Emil Strassberger and Floris Smith, will supply dishes that complement the wines. On the menu are two quiches, a fish dish, a chicken dish, lamb bobotie spring rolls, chocolate cake as well as a cheese platter.

Tickets for this event are available at Emil Strassberger, Nancy’s Tea Room or at Reinholds Restaurant at R250 per person. Only cash is accepted with the purchase of the tickets. There are a few more tickets left to buy and interested parties need to hurry up to prevent disappointment.

Stalls will be available during the Clanwilliam Wildflower Show at Monument Park opposite the Flower Church. The AP church’s famous food stall will be in a brand new trailer. Tourists can come to the stalls when they are hungry and thirsty after a long day of admiring the beautiful wildflowers. They can sit down and relax on comfortable chairs at tables while enjoying the delicious food.

Stalls serving braai meat, salads, cakes, grilled cheese, pancakes, clothes, hats, beads and coffee will be available at the Monument Park or next to Reinholds Restaurant during the show time. Many of the stalls support community projects or churches, so the organizers ask that everyone support these.

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