IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The Vetplantfees (Succulent Festival) is an annual festival hosted by the Calitzdorp Succulent Society to showcase of many of South Africa’s beautiful and rare succulents together with succulents from all over the world. The festival will take place on 22 to 24 September 2018 in the centre of Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo, a region where many of the succulents, endemic to South Africa, can be seen in its natural environment. Succulent enthusiasts who visit Calitzdorp during the festival will be able to immerse themselves in a range of activities to discover the world of succulents. Whether you live in Calitzdorp, Cape Town, George or Johannesburg you will see indigenous and rare succulents in their natural habitat, buy specimens not available in nurseries and get advice on how to propagate, grow and care for succulents in the garden.
22 September 2017 - 09:00 to 16:30
23 September 2017 - 09:00 to 16:30
24 September 2017 - 09:00 to 15:00
For 2018 the Vetplantfees will take place in downtown Calitzdorp. Just follow the signs. Food vendors on site and restaurants within meters of the venue. Plan to spend the whole weekend with us.
The festival will include:
* Veld Walks led by local guides
* A potted plant market hosted by growers
* Educational talks by succulent experts
* “How To” workshops
* Original plant pots for sale
* Succulent plant exhibition
* Botanical art exhibition
* Botanical art sold by artists
* A rare plant auction
* Activities for children

Entrance to the festival is free.
Admission to the festival is free.

Selected activities, including Veld Walks, Workshops and Special Events will be charged for.

More information on the specific activities, the costs for each and how to book will be made available by 1 August 2018.
Thousands of rare and indigenous potted succulents will be on sale during the festival. We have secured double the amount of growers for this year and hope to offer three times the amount of succulents for sale. Festivalgoers must take note that plants will be available on a first-come first-buy basis.

The plant sale will start at 09:00 on Saturday, 22 September 2018 and will be open for business until 15:00 on Monday, 24 September 2018.
The auction is a one-of-a-kind in South African and is your opportunity to secure a beautiful and rare succulent, artwork or unusual item from the succulent world. All of the vendors and artists represented at the festival will contribute to make this a truly memorable event.

The auction will be held at 15:00 on Sunday, 23 September 2018. Attendance is free.
Not to be missed is the range of free talks by plant experts on each day of the festival. Attendees will gain insights into the key issues pre-occupying scientist and experts working in the field.

A full schedule of talks will be made available on this website by 1 August 2018. The talks are popular and will require advance booking to secure seats. Fees may apply.
Join a hands-on workshops to learn how to successfully grow succulents in your own garden or in containers. Expert growers will teach you how to prepare the soil in your garden or pots, how to propogate plants from seed or cuttings and how to take care of the succulents you buy, plant or seed. A full schedule of workshops will be made available on this website by 1 August 2018. Although a new activity we estimate that the workshops will be popular and advance booking will be offered to secure seats. Fees may apply.
Trained Cape Nature guides will escort small groups of enthusiast on a 90-minute walk to Calitzdorp’s famous Jakkalskop where dozens of succulent plant varieties will be in flower. It is an experience not to be missed and have proven to be very popular with festivalgoers.

DATES & TIMES
Vetplantfees - Veld Walk - 22 Sept 2018 - 10:00
Vetplantfees - Veld Walk - 22 Sept 2018 - 16:30
Vetplantfees - Veld Walk - 23 Sept 2018 - 09:00
Vetplantfees - Veld Walk - 23 Sept 2018 - 16:30
Vetplantfees - Veld Walk - 24 Sept 2018 - 09:00
Vetplantfees - Veld Walk - 24 Sept 2018 - 13:00

BOOKING & PAYMENT
Booking and payment are essential as only 8 persons will be accommodated on each of the scheduled walks. The fee to join each walk is R150, payable in advance and non-refundable on cancellation.

Veld Walks will open for booking and payment by 1 August 2018 on this website.

WHERE TO MEET
Each walk will depart from the main festival paypoint every day.

IMPORTANT
Participants should wear shoes suitable for walking in the veld and bring water, a hat and sun protection.

BOOKING
Booking will open by 1 August 2018 on this website.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

SATURDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER


09:00 — 17:00
Plant & Art Exhibition, Vendor Sales, Children's Activities, Food Vendors

10:00 - Veld Walk*
11:00 - Expert Talk
12:00 - Workshop*
13:00 - Expert Talk
14:00 - Workshop*
16:30 - Veld Walk
18:00 - Dinner & Keynote Speech*

* Fees apply. Advance booking required.

SUNDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER


09:00 — 17:00
Plant & Art Exhibition, Vendor Sales, Children's Activities, Food Vendors

09:00 - Veld Walk*
11:00 - Expert Talk
12:00 - Workshop*
13:00 - Expert Talk
14:00 - Workshop*
15:00 - Rare Plant Auction
16:30 - Veld Walk*

* Fees apply. Advance booking required.

MONDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER


09:00 — 17:00
Plant & Art Exhibition, Vendor Sales, Children's Activities, Food Vendors

09:00 - Veld Walk*
11:00 - Expert Talk
12:00 - Workshop*
13:00 - Veld Walk*
13:00 - Expert Talk
15:00 - All Events Closed

* Fees apply. Advance booking required.