BloemShow 2016

10 May 2016

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Free State National Botanical Garden Scoops Gold Award for the second time in raw at BloemShow 2016

mediumThe Bloemfontein Show, known as BloemShow, is an international annual exhibition show hosted between April and May over a 10 days. The show is one South Africa’s entertainment trade event which combines arts, agriculture and exhibition activities.

The Free State National Botanical Garden exhibited for the second time at BloemShow alongside many Government Departments/entities and privately owned companies who showcased their services and unique product offering.

The 2016 Free State National Botanical Garden exhibit themed “love” consisted of colourful shrubs showcasing the beauty of nature the Garden offers, and positioning it as Free State’s “window” of biodiversity haven.

In addition to being a tranquil environment, the Free State National Botanical Garden also promotes Biodiversity Education through its various education activities and programmes, it also serves the public as a environmental information hub. The Garden also provides Students & Internship programmes as part of SANBI’s Human Capital Development mandate. Some of its features includes but not limited to: The Garden of Hope; the Medicinal Garden; Water Wise Garden and many more.

The public can enjoy various activities such as guided education tours undertaken by the Environmental Education division, explore Motshetshe walking trails, enjoy a picnic in the garden while spotting various fauna and learning more about our flora, use the Lapa for themed parties, relax while enjoying a ‘get-together’ braai with friends and/or family. The garden provides exquisite picture-perfect landscapes for those needing family photo-shoots, while the restaurant overlooking the dam provides variety of divine food from the menu, the Marquee lawn are is a perfect place for wedding ceremonies, and lastly, why not buy a memorabilia from our arts shop and purchase a plant from the nursery selection.

With the aforesaid in mind, it was not surprising that show visitors were eager to visit the garden, indicated their interest to learn more about indigenous plants, and those who have enjoyed the garden shared their unique experiences.


mediumThe dedicated Free State NBG exhibition task team who worked hard to showcase and raise awareness about the Garden’s unique product offering, was pleased and overwhelmed by the interest and support from BloemShow patrons who visited the stand. It is for this reason the team scooped the Golden Award for the second time for Best Exhibition Stall presented by the Central Agricultural Society of South Africa at BloemShow. The team felt honoured to have the Free State Premier, Honourable Ace Magashule, visiting the stand to personally congratulate the team for the Gold Award.


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Thabiso Mofokeng

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South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

Free State National Botanical Garden

Rayton Rd, off Dan Pienaar Drive, R702



Cell: +27 (0) 83 875 4332

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