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Two West Coast wildflower shows you don't want to miss

If you've always planned a trip up the West Coast to enjoy the profusion of wildflowers that carpet the region each spring, here are two upcoming festivals to include in your plans to make 2012 the year you finally do this!

Clanwilliam Wildflower Show

The annual ten-day Wild Flower Show is presented by the Clanwilliam Wild Flower Association in the Old Dutch Reformed Church.

It starts at the end of August and ends first week in September.

The Church was declared a National Monument in 1978. At the end of winter, the Flower Church becomes a hive of activity. Volunteers happily create a manmade landscape inside the church; a kaleidoscope from nature made accessible to everybody. About 360 species are exhibited by the Clanwilliam Wildflower Society, which is a fitting complement to the dignified architecture of the church.

The pulpit has been quiet for many years, but the flowers offer a song of praise heavenwards.

This flower fête includes concerts, art and food stalls, and a street carnival.

A special botanical division displays all the flowers on show with their botanical, as well as their common names. It is alleged that the greatest variety of wild flowers in one district in the world happen to make their appearance in the area around Clanwilliam.

Need to know


  • Dates: 24 - 31 August 2012
  • Venue: Old Dutch Reformed Church, Clanwilliam
  • Entry: R25 for adults, R20 for pensioners and R5 for children. 
  • Contact: Clanwilliam Tourism on 027 482-2024.

Darling Wildflower Show


The Darling Wildflower Show takes place annually over the third weekend in September at the Darling Club.

The entrance fee includes entry to the landscaped hall and as well as a free ride on a tractor drawn wagon to see the Oude Post wetland that can only be seen during the show.

A hall will be landscaped with Darling wildflowers, from the most fragile and rare to the ones easily found. Craft and fun stalls with goodies await you. There are also many and various food and refreshment stalls to cater for the inner man. This year your entrance ticket of only R30 includes a lazy tractor ride to a private vlei that is otherwise inaccessible to the public where you will be able to view some of the most spectacular flowers in situ.

Need to know

  • Dates: 14, 15 and 16 September 2012
  • Venue: The Sports Club in Darling
  • Entry: R30 per person R20 Pensioners (Friday only) R20 Children and Children under 12 free.
  • Contact: Tel: 084 916 1111 or

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