Darling Wildflower Show 2016
Darling is celebrating its 99th Wildflower Show this year - veering on its century anniversary! The Darling Wildflower Show has been presented by the Darling Wildflower Society since 1917.
This year it is taking place from 16-18 September 2016 at its usual haunt – the Darling Golf Club and the theme is The Weather & The Wildflowers. The show began with the aim of displaying Darling's beautiful floral displays while also promoting conservation and education.
Darling lies within the West Coast Biosphere reserve in the centrefold of the threatened lowland sandplain and renosterveld fynbos. The show, therefore, represents a concentration of plants which bloom in spring, although many of the plants on display flower irrespective of the season. The Darling district represents a diverse floral kingdom of about 1200 species. Approximately 80 (6, 5%) are endemic, whilst the rest also occur in areas elsewhere.
The show includes a large landscaped hall of indigenous flowers with beautiful botanical art on display. All flowers and plants on show grow wild in the Darling district and are picked under the strict supervision of the Darling Wildflower Society. Apart from the floral display, varietals of lichen, in which have been compiled by the well-respected, amateur botanist, Dr Pixie Littlewort, will be put on display.
There will also be indigenous plants available at bargain prices. The Flower Show will be offering a variety of activities to entertain young and old. Tickets include a free ride on a tractor-drawn wagon to see the pristine wetland at Oude Post which is not normally accessible to the public and may only be visited during the Show; a Craft & Gourmet Food Market; Veteran Tractor/Car Display; an Entertainment Tent featuring live music from the famous Swartland band, Klassik and other local acts, with safe and secure parking for vehicles.
With more than 100 food and craft stalls, everyone’s taste buds and shopping needs will be catered for! Kids will have a weekend of fun in the playpark area with entertainment ranging from face-painting to rides, whilst adults can relax in the Mini Wine Route & Beer Tent. In addition there will be a shuttle driving through Darling, and stopping at places of interest. Your entrance fee to the Darling Wildflower Show will help to conserve our endangered floral kingdom for future generations.
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