Fri, Sep-21, 09H00 - Mon, Sep-24, 17H00
The gardens of Fernkloof Nature Reserve will come alive on the Heritage Day weekend from Friday 21st to Monday 24th September when Hermanus Botanical Society celebrates our wonderful natural heritage with the Annual Flower Festival. The theme this year will be “Watching Water” in recognition of the need to understand how precious our water is and how it can best be managed and conserved.
The Festival is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. For only these 4 of the 365 days in the year, there will be an entrance fee to Fernkloof Nature Reserve:
Children under 12 or in school uniform: Free
Senior Citizens on Friday 21 September: R10
Click on 'More Info' below to find out more about the Hermanus Flower Festival and programme of events.
The Hermanus Botanical Society is raising funds this year for the maintenance and repair of some of the most popular and well used paths in Fernkloof Nature Reserve for the safety and enjoyment of all visitors. This Nature Reserve, located on the doorstep of the town of Hermanus, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Overberg region. It is well known for its amazing biodiversity where 21% of plants of the Cape Floristic region can be found. Some 60kms of hiking paths give visitors an opportunity to explore the naturally occurring flora and fauna while enjoying spectacular panoramic views over Walker Bay. Spring is a particularly rewarding time of the year when the fynbos is awash with new, colourful blooms.
Flower Festival visitors will be able to enjoy the wonderful fynbos arrangements in the Fernkloof hall and the display of some 400 identified and named specimens in flower at the time. Members of the Hermanus Botanical Society will be on hand to guide visitors through the display and answer questions.
In addition to information boards in keeping with our “Watching Water” theme, there will be scheduled talks in the marquee on topics related to managing water and celebrating the bounty of our natural environment. You will also be able to buy bunches of cut fynbos flowers and other environmental treasures in the marquee while enjoying the many exhibits related to our theme. Included will be a display of the water-saving products and grey-water systems that are available to us to save water and pay less for what we need.
This year we have especially exciting creative activities for children housed in a tent in the amphitheatre gardens. The Upcycling Craft Corner will give our youngest visitors the chance to make things out of natural and recycled material to take home with them. There will be a small fee for participating to cover some of the materials used.
Other important visitors to look forward to meeting, only on Sunday 23 and Monday 24 September, are the raptors and owls from Eagle Encounters. You will be able to interact with these special creatures and learn all about them in the tent in the amphitheatre gardens.
Spring is a time to rejuvenate our gardens with the natural fynbos that thrives in our climate. Fernkloof Indigenous Nursery will have a sale - 16000 plants from over 150 species to choose from at unbeatable prices.
You can also just relax with a cup of tea or coffee and delicious home-made cakes or a light lunch with a glass of wine! Take a break on Friday morning from 9 – 12 with our special ‘Fynbos Friday Treats’ – R40 for a hot beverage and choice of something tasty to go with it. Before you leave, take a ticket in the Raffle with a chance to win one of many amazing prizes.
There will be a special Family Challenge testing your environmental knowledge to celebrate Heritage Day on Monday – watch our website for details!