SU Botanical Gardens Flora Festival: Workshops


13 October


SU Botanical Garden

The Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden (SUBG) is celebrating their 100th year anniversary. As part of the centenary celebrations, we will host a weeklong programme of events – from daily yoga sessions, tours, arts and plant workshops and a special botanical art festival. The workshops are as follows: Bonsai Workshop, Flower Crown Workshop + Gin Tasting, Cyanotype printing (Sun printing) Workshop with prof Leanne Dreyer, Propagation Workshop with Master Horticulturist Cherise Viljoen, Gelli Plate Monoprinting en How to draw a leaf Botanical Art workshop for beginners by Martine Robinson.

Bonsai Workshop

Intrigued by the ancient art of Bonsai? Join us for an afternoon of live demonstrations on how to design, shape and wire a tree. Instruction from our Bonsai Specialist, Russ Smal, will include plant and pot selection, basic styling techniques, and aftercare, so you will know how to care for and admire your Bonsai for years to come. The workshop is suitable for beginners or for people who have some experience growing bonsai.

Our Workshops are held in the Stellenbosch Botanical Garden where you can stroll under the trees, enjoy the market vendors, gift shop, restaurant and have a coffee/drink before the workshop starts – doing something fun and creative!

The workshop ticket includes the following:

  • Access to the Botanical Gardens
  • Use of tools
  • a guide book
  • Designing
  • Shaping
  • Wiring

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Flower Crown Workshop + Gin Tasting

Enjoy the process of making a fresh flower crown. Anja from Bloeme will demonstrate how to create a flower crown with a variety of flowers and foliage textures, and give you freedom to be creative. Have fun as you play with nature and connect with friends. Take photos with your beautiful end-products afterwards and make lasting memories in this unique workshop setting!

Cost: R350 will include:

  • A variety of of flowers to choose from.
  • A prepared flower crown base and wiring
  • Gin tasting

Time: 10:00 – 13:00

Dates: Saturday 7 October and Tuesday 10 October 2023

Limited to 25 pax per session

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Cyanotype printing (Sun printing) Workshop with prof Leanne Dreyer

In this workshop we will play with cyanotype printing (also known as sun prints), one of the oldest photographic printing methods, that has gained popularity as an interesting art form in recent years.

We will work with sheets of cardboard that has been painted with a mixture of sun-sensitive chemicals. A variety of interesting dried leaves, twirly stems, feathers and other nature-inspired objects will be made available for making your very own prints. You are also welcome to bring own objects along – the only pre-requisites are that they should be dry, relatively thin, and fit onto an A4 sized sheet of paper.)

We will arrange our objects onto the painted sheets in an interesting way, cover them with glass / Perspex covers to hold the objects in place, and then expose our artworks to sunlight. Ultra-violet rays will react with the print during the short exposure time, whereafter we will wash our prints, and witness the most amazing hues of blue emerging on the unmasked background, while portions of our pictures covered by out biological objects will remain white.

During subsequent rounds of printing, we will add salt and diverse other substances to our prints to explore the interesting special effects can be created in this way.

All levels are welcome. This workshop is designed for those with no prior knowledge of using cyanotype.

Cost: R300 will include:

  • Entrance to the Botanical Garden
  • Interesting dried leaves, twirly stems, feathers and other nature-inspired objects
  • Glass/Perspex covers
  • All materials are included

Time: 10:00 – 13:00

Dates: Thursday 12 October

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Propagation Workshop with Master Horticulturist Cherise Viljoen

Join in to learn something new or add to your knowledge of growing indoor and herbaceous plants from leaf & stem cuttings while best practice methods, tricks and tips are being shared. To keep you propagating you’ll take home a small propagation kit of essential items, along with a tray of cuttings you’ve will made yourself to watch them root and grow.

Bring along anything from home to have a personal demonstration of how best to propagate that plant.

Ages 10 upward. No previous experience required.

Limited to 12 people per workshop.

Duration 2 hrs

Cost: R300 will include:

  • Entrance to the Botanical Garden
  • Small propagation kit
  • Tray of cuttings

Time: 10:00 – 13:00

Dates: Sunday 8 October and Tuesday 10 October 2023

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Gelli Plate Monoprinting

At this workshop led by fynbos artist Hermien van der Merwe, each participant will work on a home-made gelli plate to create beautiful, textured art monoprints on paper. Items such as plants, cloth, lace, rope, magazines and much more are placed in the printing ink to create a monoprint of the texture on the gelli plate. The focus is primarily on using shape, colour and composition to create the best product. No previous experience necessary. Each participant will go home with a small collection of beautiful, original works of art! All materials are included

Cost: R900

Time: 10:30 – 13:30

Dates: Wednesday 11 October and Saterday 14 October 2023

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How to draw a leaf Botanical Art workshop for beginners by Martine Robinson

Explore different graphite drawing skills, tonal value, form, light and shadows followed by observing and making an accurate drawing of a single leaf in graphite. All materials provided.

About Martine: As a child growing up on a farm in the Koo Valley in the district of Montagu, Western Cape, Martine loved walking in the mountains with her dad and learning about the different plants. She studies and world as an architect but found a passion for botanical art early on in her career. Martine’s style of botanical art in watercolour became more refined and detailed after attending Master Classes in Botanical Art by Katie Lee (USA) and Jenny Phillips (Australia). She participated in the Inaugural Kirstenbosch Biennale in 2000 and was awarded bronze medals at the Kirstenbosch Biennale 2002, 2004 and 2008. Her artworks are found in many private collections. Robinson is a member of the Botanical Artists Association of Southern Africa (BAASA).Children’s Activity

Cosy: R 450 Materials included.

Time: 10:00 – 13:00

Date: Saturday 14 October

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