This is a “must attend” event during the Calitzdorp Succulent Festival. You will have the chance to meet and mix with succulent experts from all over South Africa, enjoy a wonderful dinner prepared and served by the ladies of the Calitzdorp NG Church.

The featured speaker at this year's dinner will be Dr. Ernst van Jaarsveld, one of South Africa's leading experts on succulent plants. He will review his newest book Waterwise Gardening in South Africa.

The menus for the dinner will be posted in June. Please note that there is a meat based menu and a vegetarian based menu. Please select your choice when booking.

18:00 - Social Hour
18:30 - Dinner Served
19:30 - Talk Begins
21:00 - Dessert & Coffee

Complimentary wine on each table.

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Main Course
Meat Selection

Vegetarian Main Course
Vegetarian Selection

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Coffee/ Tea

Calitzdorp NG Church

Saturday, 21 September 2024 from 18:00 onwards.

R300 per person. Includes a salad course, main course and dessert, with wine from local wineries. Remember to select your option of Meat or Vegetarian when booking.

Seats are limited and booking is essential.

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Dr. Ernst van Jaarsveld has been interested in succulents since a young boy collecting and growing succulent plants. He has authored or co-authored more than one hundred succulent plant species. He is especially interested in the classification Gasteria and Aloe and other monocotyledonous succulents. His other interests include the Mesembryanthemaceae and Crassulaceae. He is a keen explorer regularly traveling to remote parts of South Africa, Angola and Namibia. Some of the expeditions include rubber canoe expeditions investigating remote river valleys. Ernst also regularly travels abroad and lectures on succulent plants. Ernst was a horticulturist at Kirstenbosch for more than 40 years. He built and curated the Botanical Society Conservatory. He was appointed extraordinary senior lecturer at the University of the Western Cape in 2012. He is the author of more than two hundred articles (popular, semi-scientific and scientific) and several books. He is a keen explorer and for his latest study (cliff dwelling succulent plants), has visited cliff habitats throughout southern Africa.

Ernst has been at Babylonstoren since 2015 where he continues to build display gardens, green houses and educate the public about botanical things.