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The 25th largest country in the world, South Africa is home to a huge number of flower and garden related events, festivals and show celebrating the country's rich diversity of plants, flowers and trees.
Held by the Darling Wild Flower Society every year since 1917, the Darling Wild Flower Show features examples of all the wild flowers and plants grown and cultivated by the society. The Darling district is characterised by a number of different soil types, all of which encourage different species of plants and flowers to grow. The show is organised around these different types of soil, with different areas dedicated to each. With over 1200 species growing in the area, the show has a great variety of mainly native plants and flowers for visitors to explore.
Elgin Open Gardens is a great example of the importance and success of local and community gardening in South Africa. Twenty five private gardens across the Elgin region will open their doors to the public, showcasing their best flowers and plants. Now in its eighth year, the show has attracted plaudits for its presentation of Japanese maples, rhododendrons and flowering cherries, which thrive due to its Elgin's wetter climate.
Addo Rose and Garden Show is a spectacular sight - with over 25,000 roses on show across the show in a variety of flowerbeds, gardens and floral art pieces, it could be the most colourful flower event in South Africa. Throughout the show there are demonstrations, talks and panels with gardeners, flower artists and horticulturalists. There are also tours of open gardens in the area, promoting local and community gardening across the region.
Like most countries, South Africa has its own adopted National Flower and National Tree. The National Flower, the King Protea (Protea cynaroides) is a native species and is widely spread across the country. The importance of the flower as national symbol is demonstrated in its relationship to cricket - the national team are nicknamed the the Proteas and the flower appears as part of the badge on their shirts, although it is yet to replace the Springbok as the symbol of the South African national rugby team. The country's National Tree is the Real (or Broad-Leaved) Yellowwood, and now has protected status in the country. Although it doesn't have much real human usage, it is often grown in ornamental and botanical gardens throughout the country. In addition to the national flower, each province has its own adopted symbolic flower - for example, the North West Province takes the sunflower as its provincial flower emblem.
South Africa has a rich diversity of plants, flowers and trees - in fact, there are over 20,000 different species growing across the country, and this number accounts for an astonishing 10% of all flower, plant and tree species in the world. This diversity has lead to the establishment of a number of public and private botanical garden to protect and promote South Africa's flora and fauna.
Established in 1964 as a specialist rose garden, the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens are now home to a wide range of species of flowers, plants and trees, and has grown in size to around 125 hectares. Although it has expanded its collection, the rose garden is still the main attraction, with over 10,000 different colour roses changing with the seasons. The Gardens are now also home to a number of themed gardens reflected the diversity of plant life in South Africa, including a herb garden and herbarium, wetland, a cycad garden and a succulent garden.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden was designed to reflect the diversity of South Africa plant-life - with sections covering five or the six different biomes existing throughout the country, the garden has a wide range of plants, flowers and trees on offer. Built at the foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town, its outdoor gardens place an emphasis on local species, cultivating the best from the mountainous region and the wider areas of Cape Town. The greenhouses are home to plants from across the rest of South Africa, including fynbos, karoo and savannas.
Durban Botanic Gardens is the oldest surviving garden in Africa - first built in 1849 as part of worldwide commitment to advancing botany and horticulture, the gardens are now one of the most popular in the country. The Gardens have been made famous by their collection of South African plants, including cycads, ferns, orchids and bromeliads, and their vast number of palm trees. In 2013, there were at least 1,354 trees growing the gardens, with an addition 917 palms.
South Africa is one of the most geographically diverse countries in the world, and its vast number of native flower and plant species means that each province has its own distinct feel and character. If you want to bring some of the beauty of South Africa into your own home, or the home of a loved one or friend, then why not order flowers online with us? You can choose from a wealth of options, specifying your perfect bouquet, and then have it delivered directly to the door your recipient in South Africa. Whether you want a small bouquet or a large complex arrangement, try ordering flowers online today.