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Spring botanical art exhibition at the Irma Stern Museum to mark the 50th anniversary of her death

Botanical art exhibition at the Irma Stern Museum to mark the 50th anniversary of her death
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The UCT Irma Stern Museum in Cape Town will celebrate the arrival of spring with a botanical art exhibition, bringing together artwork from established artists of Cape flora with new artwork that has been commissioned for the exhibition.

The Western Cape floral kingdom, with its unrivalled diversity of plant species, has attracted explorers, artists and botanists for hundreds of years.

An exhibition titled “Flora Old and New” will be held at the Irma Stern Museum in September as part of the special public programme to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of the internationally renowned South African artist, Irma Stern.

The exhibition will run from 3 September to 1 October, with opening hours of 10 AM to 5 PM Tuesday to Friday, and 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday.

The director of the Irma Stern Museum will be giving a special walkabout on 20 September at 10 AM.

Please RSVP by 15 September.

Enter the lucky draw at the exhibition to win a hamper of Struik Nature books. The winner will be notified at the close of the exhibition.

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Enjoy Free Access to Kirstenbosch from 8 AM with Your Summer Sunset Series Concert Ticket (Podcast)

“You know summer is finally here when the gates open up at Kirstenbosch on a Sunday evening for you to take in your picnic blanket and enjoy some wonderful music,” says CapeTalk’s Pippa Hudson. And the popular concert series has just begun!

Hudson recently spoke to Sarah Struys, the events manager of the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts, about this season’s line up. Freshly Ground kicked things off last Sunday, and up next is Zonke Dikana.

Struys told Hudson about some of the forthcoming highlights, including Arno Carstens, Mango Groove, and the Rotary Carols.

Concerts start at 5:30 PM, but concert tickets will grant you access to the gardens, Struys says, from 8 AM – “If you choose to come early, you can enjoy a walk or a picnic in the garden”.

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Read these wonderful books to enrich your Kirstenbosch experience:

KirstenboschKirstenboschAdventure Trails in KirstenboschKirstenbosch JournalKirstenbosch


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From Lion's Head to Table Mountain – Discover Cape Town's Beauty from Above (Video)

How well do you know Cape Town? Have you ever climbed Lion’s Head or appreciated the view from Table Mountain? When you bustle through the city centre on your way to work, do you stop to admire the architecture?

If you’ve always wanted to have a birds-eye view of Cape Town, this video will blow your mind. The Two Wheels Across film crew spent six weeks filming the breathtaking Cape Town scenery, from above!

The result is a 2:37-minute video called “Rise Above Cape Town!” that features all the splendour the city has to offer, from Lion’s Head, Table Mountain and V&A Waterfront Marina to Camps Bay, the Cape Town Central Business District and much more.

Watch the video to see if you can spot your favourite landmarks in Cape Town:

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To supplement you Cape Town experience, have a look at the following books from Struik Travel and Heritage:

Seven Days in Cape TownThe Cape Town BookMy Cape Town ABCCape Town Then and NowWalking Cape Town


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Everything You Need to Know About the 2015-2016 Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts are an annual opportunity to enjoy some of the best of South African music in the country’s most beautiful concert venue.

Highlights this year include Mango Groove, the Rotary Carols, the New Year’s Eve party with Grassy Spark and Jeremy Loops, and the Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival in February.

Tickets cost between R110 and R175 for adults. There is a concession for people younger than 21, who pay only R80 and R140. Tickets for the Rotary Carols and the New Year’s Eve party are priced differently (details below). Tickets are sold by Webtickets.

Shows start between 5 and 5:30 PM, and gates open at 4 PM. Going early to secure a good picnic spot is a good idea. Going even earlier to enjoy the beautiful gardens before the music begins is a great idea!

Read all about the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens in these Struik Nature books:

KirstenboschKirstenboschAdventure Trails in KirstenboschKirstenbosch JournalKirstenbosch


Have a look at the exciting line up:
22 November 5:30 PM Freshlyground (youth: R110 / adult: R150)

29 November 5:30 PM Zonke Dikana (youth: R110 / adult: R150)

6 December 5:30 PM Arno Carstens (youth: R110 / adult: R150)

13 December 5:30 PM Mango Groove (youth: R110 / adult: R150)

17 December 5:30 PM Rotary Carols at Kirstenbosch (age 2-5: R20 / age 6-18: R65 / adult: R90)

18 – 20 December 5:30 PM Rotary Carols at Kirstenbosch (age 2-5: R25 / age 6-18: R75 / adult: R100)

27 December 5:30 PM Jimmy Nevis (youth: R110 / adult: R150)

31 December 7 PM New Year’s Eve Concert: Jeremy Loops and Grassy Spark (all: R330)

3 January 5:30 PM The Parlotones (youth: R140 / adult: R175)

10 January 5:30 PM Prime Circle (youth: R110 / adult: R150)

17 January 5:30 PM Karen Zoid and Francois van Coke (youth: R110 / adult: R150)

24 January 5:30 PM Mi Casa (youth: R110 / adult: R150)

31 January 5:30 PM The Soil (youth: R110 / adult: R150)

7 February 5 PM Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival (youth: R110 / adult: R150)

14 February 5:15 PM Matthew Mole and Rubber Duc (youth: R110 / adult: R150)

21 February 5:30 PM Goldfish (youth: R110 / adult: R150)

28 February 5:30 PM The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra (youth: R110 / adult: R150)

6 March 5:15 PM Shortstraw and The Plastics (youth: R80 / adult: R110)

13 March 5:15 PM Al Bairre and Bye Beneco (youth: R80 / adult: R110)

20 March 5:15 PM Zebra & Giraffe and Monark (youth: R80 / adult: R110)

21 March 5:30 PM Fundraiser: Performer to be confirmed (TBA)

27 March 5:15 PM Beatenberg and John Wizards (youth: R110 / adult: R150)

3 April 5:15 PM December Streets and The Vanilla (youth: R80 / adult: R110)


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Find Out More About Box of Rocks by Nick Norman – "An Invitation to Start a Hobby" (Podcast)

Box of RocksWhat makes Box of Rocks by Nick Norman so special, and who was it written for? The author recently chatted to Classic FM’s Lifestyle presenter Tamara LePine-Williams to answer these two questions and share more about his latest book.

Norman explains that he was invited to attend a Geography teachers’ conference last year where one of the teachers had a box of rocks they had collected. “It was, indeed, a box of rocks, and it had a nice map folded up inside it, and brief descriptions of what the rocks were – they were actual, real, live rocks. I took it to Struik [Penguin Random House], my publishers, to Pippa Parker, and she said, ‘We could do a book on this!’,” Norman told the listeners. He goes on to explain that the book was written with eight to twelve year olds in mind, but has managed to capture the imaginations of people of all ages.

Box of Rocks is packed with fascinating information on all kinds of rocks and where they can be found in southern Africa, and serves as an indispensable guide for collectors, young and old. LePine-Williams stresses that it is “an invitation to start a hobby” and expresses her sincere excitement with the publication of this book.

Listen to the podcast for more about Norman’s Box of Rocks:



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A Whole New Meaning to the Phrase "South Africa Rocks!" – Geology off the Beaten Track by Nick Norman

Geological JourneysGeology off the Beaten TrackKate Turkington recently wrote a review of Geology off the Beaten Track by Nick Norman for South African Tourism.

Geology off the Beaten Track is the companion to Geological Journeys. Turkington says that the book is fascinating guide to understanding and enjoying intriguing landforms that you might have not noticed before.

She outlines some of the amazing spots that become “truly awesome” when you learn about how the land was formed and how very old they are. You’ll see Barberton, Mapungubwe and the Cape Winelands in an entirely new light.

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Go armchair (or real) travelling along 13 different routes of geological interest, and be aided along your trip with maps, GPS readings, lovely photographs, easy-to-understand illustrations and a glossary of geographical terms. This reader-friendly book will open up your eyes to sightseeing possibilities that you may not even have been aware of previously, and gives a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘South Africa rocks!’.

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Visit Any National Botanical Garden for Free on Nelson Mandela Day

The South African National Botanical Institute (SANBI) has made an open invitation to all South African citizens to visit any one of the nine national botanical gardens around the country for free on Saturday, 18 July, in commemoration of International Nelson Mandela Day.

Mandela was an avid gardener himself, and is often quoted saying that the small patch of earth he tended to while in prison offered him a taste of freedom. Nelson Mandela Day is celebrated on the day of his birth, challenging people all over the world to contribute 67 minutes of their time to the global movement for good.

In lieu of entrance fees, SANBI asks that visitors bring donations of sanitary pads or toiletries which will be distributed to underprivileged school girls.

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Entrance into the garden will be free on this day; however, we request donations of sanitary pads or toiletries. By donating a pack of sanitary pads or toiletries, visitors will be contributing towards restoring the dignity of underprivileged school girls who miss about 7 days a month of schooling to avoid accidental embarrassment.

Your contribution to this worthy course will contribute immensely in ensuring that we keep our girls at school.

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Struik Nature has published a wide variety of books on the fauna and flora you can expect to find in SANBI’s gardens as well as numerous books on Kirstenbosch, arguably the most famous of them all:

KirstenboschKirstenboschKirstenbosch JournalAdventure Trails in KirstenboschKirstenbosch


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Rocks, Dinosaurs and So Much More: Bring the Kids to Kirstenbosch for a Winter Wonders Programme

Cape Town, South Africa

KirstenboschLooking for activities to entertain the kids this holiday? Then why not take them to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden for some winter warmer fun!

The Winter Wonders Programme is a family event especially designed with children under the age of 18 in mind. As an added bonus, for the duration of the winter school holidays, all under 18s receive free entry into the garden.

Join others at Kirstenbosch for an amazing experience and learn about plant species associated with the era of the dinosaurs as all events are based on the theme “Discover the Dinosaurs”.

The programme started on 29 June and will be running until 17 July.

One of the many highlights on the jam-packed programme is a special presentation by Box of Rocks author Nick Norman.

Box of RocksGeological Journeys

Join the well-known geologist, who is also the co-author of Geological Journeys, at the Botanical Society Bookshop at Kirstenbosch on Thursday, 9 July at 10 AM for a special show and tell introduction to Geology. Norman will be bringing samples of different rocks and promises to delight both kids and parents alike with his inexhaustible knowledge of all the rocks you might encounter in southern Africa.

Don’t miss this!

Box of Rocks

Have a look at the events poster for the Winter Wonder programme:

Kirstenbosch Winter Wonders Programme

Winter Wonders Programme


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Order Your Copy of Box of Rocks by Nick Norman While it is on Special (Includes Free Delivery)

Box of RocksStruik Nature is offering a special deal on Box of Rocks by Nick Norman.

You can now order the book, which normally retails at R80, directly from the publisher for only R65. This price includes delivery to anywhere in South Africa.

So, the only question is, how many do you want?

Box of Rocks Special Offer


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Feed Fussy Little Eaters with Recipes from Mealtimes Made Fun by Debbie Wareham and Kim Jurgens

Mealtimes Made Fun Cooking for kids can be a tricky venture. You have fussy little eaters to deal with, nutrition to consider and a budget to keep to.

With Mealtimes Made Fun Debbie Wareham and Kim Jurgens brings you over 120 healthy, easy-to-prepare recipes for the whole family – from baby’s purées to meals for the entire family!

Try some of the recipes, shared by Child Magazine, to see how Mealtimes Made Fun can revolutionise a parent’s kitchen by eliminating the planning process and offering balanced meals that your kids will gobble up without fuss:

Cheesy Biltong Wheels

50ml salted butter
4 slices white bread, crusts removed
100ml Marmite or Bovril
160ml (2/3 cup) grated cheddar cheese
125ml (1/2 cup) biltong shavings

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