Easter in the Cape, Cape Times 31/03/2009
MUSIC AND FLORA MEET AT THE BOTANICAL GARDENS
The annual series of summer concerts held at Kirstenbosche Botanical gardens are drawing to a close but there are a few items yet to draw the crowds. Held every Sunday between November and April the music events are a lovely way to spend a summer afternoon, having a picnic on the lawn to music, after a morning exploring the botanical gardens.
On March the 29th, The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing. Conducted by Dr. Corwin Matei, the orchestra will be playing a classical presentation of Holst’s “The Planets”, Mussorgsky’s “Night” and Ludvig van Beethoven’s “No 5”.
This is a departure from the more modern, high energy performances during the rest of the season and is sure to attract a large adience.
On April 9th the garden will reverberate to the sounds of Hip-Hop Pantsula. Winner of the SAMA award for best Rap act and the Best African Act at the 2007 MTV Awards, the fresh Hip-Hop performer needs no introduction to fans of modern, urban sound.
Kirstenbosche of course is much more than a concert venue and nature enthusiasts will find the gardens provide a delightful day out. Established in 1913 and covering 36 hectares on the slopes of Table Mountain, the garden is a haven of bio-diversity and is home to tens of thousands of Southern African plant and animal species.
The Botanical Conservatory is one of the largest in the world and hosts the plants that cannot survive in the Cape’s climate, includes the huge Baobab (Adansonia digitata), the central and largest plant in the conservatory and now very well established. There are displays featuring plants from the Bush Veld, the arid Karoo as well as Coastal Fynbos and the Namib desert of Namibia among others.
Tours are available to guide visitors around the wide variety of regions in the Garden, although the beautiful plantlife is unfailingly well labelled and highly accessible even to lay persons. Kirstenbosche is especially noted for its Cycads and Cape Fynbos.
Footpaths wind their way between lush landscaped lawns, streams and ponds and the tranquil nature of the Garden has made it a family picnic favourite for generations. Hikers use the Garden as a starting point for hikes up Table Mountain.
More information id available at www.sanbi.org or telephone the Information Office at 021 799 8783. Concert tickets go on sale the Tuesday before each concert at the Visitor’s Centre, can be booked at 021 761 2866 or purchased at the gate.