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Dear Friends,

"For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous" - Edward Abbey

The Kylemore Community was blessed to have Marjolijn Malan, a world-renowned flower artist, demonstrator and winner of numerous international as well as national medals and awards, find time in her very busy calendar to present ‘Fun with Fynbos’, to them as part of the Stellenbosch e’Bosch Heritage Festival this year.
Spread in a narrow cupped crescent, the Cape Floral Kingdom of fynbos is found in a rim along the country's southernmost reaches, never more than 200km from the sea. In this small area, there are more than 9 000 plant species, and of those, 70% are endemic. A full 3% of all the world's plants are found here, on less than 0.05% of the Earth's land surface. The Cape Peninsula alone has 2 285 species. For this, it was declared one of the world's 34 biodiversity 'hot spots', and in 2004, was confirmed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. South Africa's conservation of fynbos is critical to the survival of this botanical treasure. Many fynbos species are specialists and some occur only on a few hectares – nowhere else. Encouragingly, 20% of this kingdom is officially conserved, but its sheer diversity means that much remains unprotected.

South African fynbos vegetation includes proteas, ericas and restios (reeds). This flower kingdom is the origin of some of the world's favourite plants: gladioli, freesias, nerines, agapanthus and ixia. And, of course, those beloved geraniums and pelargoniums.
Marjolijn, who won the “Best use of Fynbos Award” for her flower arrangement in the National Flower Arrangement Exhibition during the 2015 Cape Floral Kingdom Expo, brought joy to the ladies that attended the presentation in the Fredagh & Bernard Podlashuk Art and Educare Centre. As this was the second time that Marjolijn has presented floral art in Kylemore, all those that attended her presentation wanted to know whether this can become an annual event on the Kylemore e’Bosch Calendar.
Our grateful thanks to Marjolijn, who kindly gives her time and experience to bring this very special date into the e’Bosch diary, and to Cino Geroni, Oz Flora, Fresh Flower Wholesalers, for again supporting this event with their very generous donation of fynbos. We are truly blessed to be able to bring this occasion to the Kylemore community!
Bless you for caring
Jeanne and all at Imbali

Jeanne Bestbier-Bloch, Imbali Coordinator
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