17 Mar 2016

Welsh Stitchers Make South Africa Bloom

Bruce Langridge

A stunning new artwork is due to be unveiled in the Science Centre at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on Friday 18th March, 2016

South African Fynbos in Bloom celebrates the plants of the Garden’s iconic Great Glasshouse. The display focuses on the flora of the South African Fynbos, a region of the Western Cape that is one the most floristically-rich on Earth – more diverse than the Amazon rainforests, and containing some of the most colourful, sculptural and fascinating flowers on the planet.

This visual treat has been captured wonderfully by the Garden’s Stitching Botanical Group. Led by volunteer Marilyn Caruana, who had the idea of setting up a community stitching group at the Garden in 2014, it was inspired by an idea from the Garden’s former curator Simon Goodenough.

The Garden’s Membership and Volunteer Officer Jane Down says: “This project has been their most ambitious, both technically and organisationally. It’s perfectly timed too – this is the best time of year to see the ‘real’ South African flowers in the Great Glasshouse.”

With over 80 active stitchers, the Stitching Botanicals will also have several other exhibits on show in the Garden’s Science Centre including Fungi in Fabric and Plant Pharmacy Patchwork, an exhibition on medicinal plants which has been showing in Liverpool’s  National Wildflower Centre for the last 6 months.

South African Fynbos in Bloom will be unveiled by Llanelli Scarlets South African stars David Bulbring and George Earle at 2pm.

The exhibition will be moved from the Science Centre to the Great Glasshouse during the summer.