Flower Festival at Fernkloof from 22- 25 September 2017.
Fernkloof Nature Reserve celebrates its 60th Anniversary in September this year!
Rather fittingly, the Fernkloof Nature Reserve is set to celebrate its 60th anniversary during the Hermanus Flower Festival that takes place from 22 to 25 September 2017.
This special event will be marked with a book being launched to showcase the facility and its many offerings.
The handy A5-sizedsoft cover comes in glossy colour and provides lots of information, along with almost 400 photographs of the local fauna and flora. It also acts as a handy hiking trail guide to lead nature lovers along a 60 kilometre network of paths to waterfalls and breathtaking views high up on the Kleinriver Mountains overlooking Hermanus.
The reserve is 1,800 hectares in area, ranging from sea level to 842 metres and harbours more than 1 250 species of indigenous fynbos species.
The Fernkloof Nature Reserve forms part of the Cape Floristic Region near the southern tip of South Africa. Although it is the smallest of the six recognised floral kingdoms of the world, it boasts the highest concentration of indigenous plants per square metre and extraordinarily high fynbos diversity.
The economical worth of the CFR, based on harvests of fynbos products (e.g. wildflowers) and eco-tourism, is estimated to be in the region of R77 million a year. Thus, the Cape Floristic Region has both economic and intrinsic biological value as a biodiversity hotspot, and as a major tourist attraction.
Visitors are welcome to attend the diverse programme during the celebrations, including Citizen Science Walks to explore and find rare endangered species of fauna in the area, like the Drewes’ Moss Frog and Cape Dwarf Chameleon. Other creatures including Grey Rhebok, Cape Grysbok, Klipspringer, Baboon, Mongoose and Dassie are present in small numbers. More than 100 bird species have been recorded, including the Black Eagle and Jackal Buzzard, Cape Sugar Bird, Sunbirds, Rock Thrush and Rock Jumper.
Family fun activities are being planned over the four days to entertain all ages.
Enjoy the gorgeous floral displays, environmental exhibits and labelled specimens of up to 400 fynbos species indigenous to the area.
Enticing products will be for sale in the marquee, all with a botanical or nature theme. These will include books, cards, needlework and other products such as gardening pots & stepping stones made by wheel chair entrepreneurs.
Bunches of fresh blooms will also besold and the nursery will offer a wide variety of stunning indigenous plants. Those wanting to linger a bit longer can enjoy something to eat and drink at the popular Fynbos Café in the gardens.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES OF INTEREST ARE:
Back by popular demand: 10 Mini Demonstration Gardens to give you ideas for your own garden;
Land Art Workshops: design your own Land Art Sculpture from what nature has to offer;
Exhibits by Environmental organisations such as Cape Nature and Whale Coast Conservation;
The Botanical Society’s Stand in the Marquee will offer precious treasures and souvenirs;
Slithering Snake Fynbos Demonstration – one of the more popular features;
Special schools programmes for children from all communities;
Citizen Science Exploration Walks – keep your eyes peeled;
Bugz Train through the gardens – for children;
Student Art Competition exhibition;
Alpacas and their products;
Design a Fairy Garden;
Raffle with great prizes.
Mark the dates of 22 to 25 September off in your diaries to make sure you don’t miss Fernkloof Nature Reserve’s 60th anniversary celebration and what promises to be an event of note.
• The custodians of Fernkloof Nature Reserve are the Overstrand Municipality and the Fernkloof Advisory Board. The Hermanus Botanical Society has a mandate to protect the flora and fauna and is passionate about educating people on the need for conservation of the Reserve.